Shepherd Poverty Internship Program

Explore your professional and personal interests this summer through the SHECP Summer Internship Program, a community-focused learning experience. The Shepherd Poverty Internship Program coordinates and supports an eight-week Summer Internship Program where cohorts of interns live together and work full-time with community partners engaged in anti-poverty work.

Bucknell offers these experiences in conjunction with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), with placements available across various urban and rural locations and sectors in the country. The SHECP internship is curated to give students with an academic grounding in poverty the opportunity to deepen their understanding of poverty, including its definitions, causes and potential solutions, while providing substantive support to agencies working in underserved communities.

Shepherd internships are for students from all majors and aim to develop student civic responsibility through experiential learning, promote respect for diverse communities and facilitate poverty awareness that leads students to intentionally integrate anti-poverty action in their post-graduate vocations and personal lives.

Visit the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty website to learn more.

Helping Hand

Become a Shepherd Intern


Program Information

Students who are accepted into this program will be matched with one of several organizations in the U.S. that help disadvantaged communities and teach interns about social justice initiatives. The Summer 2024 program is in-person.

Application Timeline for Summer 2024

Application scheduleDates
Application windowNow until Jan. 17, 2024
Interviews (tentatively)Jan. 22–26, 2024
Deadline for candidates to accept/decline an offerFeb. 9, 2024
The Internship Academy (virtual)May 28–31, 2024
Move inJune 1–2, 2024
On-site internshipJune 3–July 26, 2024
The closing conferenceAfter July 26, 2024, TBD


Program attendees will be required to:

  • Attend the pre-internship virtual Internship Academy
  • Attend the in-person closing conference
  • Attend two practitioner insight events over the summer and submit a written reflection
  • Present a closing conference presentation with a program assessment
  • Bi-weekly check-in with Bucknell internship director


In an effort to make this opportunity accessible to all students regardless of financial status, the following expenses will be covered by the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty:

  • Summer housing for in-person internships
  • Modest food stipend
  • Orientation and closing conference

Bucknell can offer some financial assistance with a travel stipend, and interns receive a modest education award upon completion of their internship requirements.

Program Themes & Locations

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty connects students with poverty-focused nonprofits and agencies in 12 geographic locations.

Students will be matched with a program in one of the following areas:

  • Clinical medicine & health outreach
  • Law, advocacy & public defense
  • Food & housing security
  • Public & behavioral health
  • Education
  • Immigration & refugee support

Interns will be placed in the following locations:

  • Phillips County, Ark.
  • Atlanta
  • Brunswick, Ga.
  • Savannah, Ga.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Clarksdale, Miss.
  • Camden, N.J.
  • Pennsauken, N.J.
  • Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Cleveland
  • Shamokin, Pa.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Burlington, Vt.
  • Lebanon, Lexington and Richmond Va.
  • Roanoke, Va.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Charleston and Fayetteville, W.Va.

Sherab Dorji '22

I want to help people while working to make the world more sustainable and equitable. I wholeheartedly believe that this experience is an important stepping stone for that path.

Sherab Dorji '22, past Shepherd intern

Contact Details

Sarah Farbo

Associate Director, Community Based & Engaged Learning

Contact Details

Center for Community Engaged Leadership, Learning & Research