Shepherd Scholars

As a member institution of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Baylor University offers funding for undergraduate students to work in internships throughout the United States with organizations that serve with and among people experiencing economic difficulty. Housed within the Office of Engaged Learning, the Shepherd Scholars Program selects up to 15 undergraduate students each year to participate in a Shepherd Internship. SHECP Scholars learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks alongside people and organizations that align with their professional interests—in healthcare, law, ministry, or economic and community development, for example—to help improve communities and empower people struggling under the weight of poverty. 

This fully-funded internship allows Scholars to live in community with other interns in cities across the US.  SHECP Scholars also participate in an opening and closing conference, which equips them for their internship, allows them to reflect on and process their experiences, and invites them to present academic research and possibly prepare that research for publication. SHECP Scholars also have opportunities to earn course credit in association with the experience.  Example placements for the internship  include the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH; the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond; Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia in Washington D.C.; The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson; New American Pathways in Atlanta, Georgia; and Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, NJ.

While graduating seniors are not eligible for this program, continuing undergraduate students at Baylor may apply. SHECP provides housing for participants, travel assistance, and a per diem to cover food and necessities (i.e., metro pass, bus pass, gasoline). In some cases, Baylor provides a travel award for interns to travel to the Shepherd opening conference at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and from the closing conference to their chosen destination.  

Application Process

The application is available here

Students who plan to apply for the Shepherd Scholars Program should email Dean Hogue for an application. Prospective applicants must declare their intention to apply by notifying Dean Hogue before November 23. At that point, students will be furnished with a unique link to be used for uploading their application materials. Applications should be submitted before Thursday, December 10, with priority given to students who apply early. Some applicants will be invited to interview with a selection committee via Zoom sometime after December 10.

Office of Engaged Learning

One Bear Place #97344
Draper 244
Waco, TX 76798

(254) 710-3231