The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service to disadvantaged communities and persons, enriching the education of undergraduate and law students in all majors and career paths. The intent of this program is to prepare students for lives aimed at diminishing poverty and enhancing human capability through professional and civic efforts.

Bucknell joined the consortium in 2013, seeking to enhance academic and experiential opportunities that address poverty and social justice. The Shepherd Internship Program (SIP) is an 8-week internship program that places students from member institutions with non-profit and government funded agencies in a variety of human service sectors throughout the United States.

Learn more about the Summer 2018 program.

Information Sessions

Come learn about the application process and hear from former Shepherd Interns.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, noon - 1 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (BERT 213)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 - 7 p.m., Walls Lounge (LANG 213)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5 - 6 p.m., Gallery Theatre (LANG 301)

Internships are offered in:

  • Community Building
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Access
  • Hunger & Nutrition
  • Immigration Services
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Youth Outreach
  • Women's Advocacy


Our goal is to make this opportunity accessible and affordable to all students regardless of their financial status.  At a minimum the following expenses are provided by your institution: 

  • Summer housing
  • Food & travel stipend of $816
  • Orientation and closing conference
  • Some transportation costs


  • Phillips County, Arkansas
  • Navajo Reservation, Arizona
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Cleveland, OH
  • New York City
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Austin, Texas
  • Lebanon, Lexington, & Richmond, Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • Charleston and Fayetteville, West Virginia 

Program Requirements

  • Full attendance to the opening & closing conferences
  • Brief weekly email reflection
  • Mid-internship meeting with Consortium faculty
  • Closing conference presentation (panel or individual)
  • Program assessment
  • Web publicity (optional)

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