Shepherd Poverty Alliance Internship

While the traditional deadline has passed BAYLOR IS STILL ABLE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS for the 2012 Shepherd Poverty Alliance Internships.

The Shepherd Alliance unites student interns from Baylor, Berea, Middlebury, Morehouse, Spelman, Washington and Lee law and undergraduate programs, and participating Bonner Scholar institutions with agencies that work to benefit impoverished members of society.

Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and work alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities. The agencies, located in various urban and rural sites in the United States, focus on education, health care, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts. Students work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.

Program Details:

  • W&L administers the Alliance in collaboration with each participating schools and the Bonner Foundation
  • The Alliance is competitive with an application and interview process at each institution
  • Students work with their university contact and the Shepherd Alliance coordinator in securing an internship
  • The internship is educational in that students are expected to challenge and test classroom knowledge against first-hand experience with poverty, removing barriers, and enhancing capability to overcome it.
  • The Alliance begins with a two-day Opening Conference and ends with a two-day Closing Conference
  • Students from the different schools live and work together, creating new friendships
  • The Shepherd Alliance aims to create an immersion experience in a safe and healthy, but modest life-style for eight weeks
  • Journaling is encouraged for all interns and required for some
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After clicking on the Washington & Lee link above, choose Baylor University from the drop down menu. Fill out the online form, create a profile, and submit the following to to complete the application process:

  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2011 grades)
  • Letter of recommendation(s)
Application review and interview with review committee will be scheduled for the end of February; final decision and placement in March