Shepherd Internships

As part of this mission, SHECP brings together students from member institutions with agencies that work to benefit our nation's impoverished. Through the Shepherd Alliance internship program, students learn first-hand about the multi-dimensional nature of poverty in the United States. In doing so, students work for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished areas through collaboration efforts with partner agencies and individuals who are working to improve their communities. Shepherd Alliance partner agencies are centered around the areas of education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?
When is it?
Where is it?
What internships are available?
Who may apply?
Is there financial support?
Why should I apply?
How do I apply?
What is the application timeline?
Who do I contact for more information?


What is it? 

An eight-week internship with an agency working in a disadvantaged community.

Each student works with Internship Director and Consortium Director to determine an internship that fits his or her intellectual interests and/or a potential area of professional interest.

The agencies represent many fields of interest, including education, healthcare, legal services, housing, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.


When is it? 

Thursday, June 2–Friday, July 29, 2022


Where is it? 

Opening and closing conferences will be virtual in 2022. 

Internships are located in cities and small communities across the U.S., including Washington D.C., Helena and Marvell, AR; Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Chester, PA;  Austin, TX; Richmond and Lexington, VA.

A list of member schools can be found on the SHECP website


What internships are available? 

Visit the SHECP Internships page to see what internships are available for the upcoming summer. You can even search by discipline and location. 

The Shepherd Alliance is pleased to offer internships in a wide variety of areas suitable to all interests and courses of study. Interns from Notre Dame have previously been placed at sites such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Public Defender Service, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. 


Who may apply? 

  • Students with a minimum of 2.5 GPA

  • Sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors)

  • Students must have completed Introduction to Poverty Studies for the Poverty Studies Minor or the Catholic Social Teaching core course for the CST Minor.


Is there financial support? 

Each intern receives a food stipend from the Shepherd Consortium and a $2,000 scholarship from the Notre Dame Shepherd Program.

Round trip transportation costs are covered from home to opening conference and from closing conference back home. On-site transportation during the internship is also covered.

Summer housing expenses arranged for and paid by the Shepherd Consortium.

Opening and closing conference costs are paid by the Shepherd Consortium.


Why should I apply?

  • To learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States.
  • To be challenged—Shepherd interns learn to cope with a job and with living in a new setting, as well as how to deal with issues of poverty they see every day.
  • To experience a poverty immersion program.
  • To learn about yourself in a way you did not think possible.
  • To satisfy the 3-credit Poverty Studies Experiential Learning requirement or one of the 3-credit CST Minor elective requirements.
  • To live in community with students from other Shepherd consortium members (including :Washington & Lee University, Baylor University, Berea College, Birmingham-Southern College, Bucknell University, Furman University, John Carroll University, University of Lynchburg, Middlebury College, University of Arkansas, Virginia Military Institute).  The full list can be seen here.


How do I apply?

  1. Complete Shepherd Internship Application: Apply Now
  2. Submit University Transcript to the ND Shepherd Coordinator (see below). This can be an unofficial transcript, which can be requested and delivered electronically using Transcript Request on InsideND. 
  3. Submit a current resume via the online application. 
  4. Provide the name and contact email for the person you have asked (and who has agreed) to write a letter on your behalf. Letter should be signed and sent directly by recommender to This letter is to be a character reference from a past employment or volunteer supervisor, or course instructor.  


What is the application timeline?

Applications for the Shepherd Internship Program will be accepted until mid-January. All applicants on campus will be interviewed by the selection committee. Students studying abroad must make themselves available for an interview via Zoom. 

Notre Dame deadline: January 10, 2022

Deadline for acceptance of our offer: TBD

Match with agency: TBD

Internship: Thursday, June 2–Friday, July 29, 2022


Who do I contact for more information? 

For more information or with regards to questions please contact the University of Notre Dame Shepherd Program Coordinator. 

Lulama Moyo, M.A.
268 Geddes Hall

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