Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Shepherd Scholars internship program.
As a member institution of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), Baylor’s Office of Engaged Learning offers undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue internships throughout the United States in communities affected by poverty. 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.
While graduating seniors are not eligible for this program, continuing undergraduate students at Baylor may apply.
This summer's theme is Practicing Equity at the Intersections of Race and Poverty. The internship will begin Thursday, June 3rd and continue through Sunday, August 1st. Shepherd Scholars work with organizations that fit their academic program of study and professional goals in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment. SHECP provides housing for participants, some travel assistance, and a per diem to cover food and necessities (i.e., metro pass, bus pass, gasoline). Baylor provides a travel assistance as well.
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.