Apply: Privilege & Poverty National Internship

How to Apply

To apply you must apply both through Handshake (Middlebury’s internships and jobs platform) and through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty online application form (opens October 15th).

You will be prompted to create a username and login to complete the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) portion of the application, as well as for Handshake if you are a new user.

Note: As stated in Handshake, letters of recommendation can be sent to Internship Director Tiffany Sargent via email.

Required Courses and Activities

If selected, you will be expected to have completed, or to enroll in the Privilege&Poverty Academic Cluster foundational course: INTD/RELI 298 Privilege and Poverty: The Ethics of Economic Inequality (being offered for 2018-2019 during the Winter Term). You will also be expected to participate in a series of non-credit bearing spring 2019 workshops with your cohort of fellow local and national P&P Interns. 

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for Summer 2019 internships is January 15th, 2019.

Program Dates

Program dates for summer 2019 are:

Opening Conference: Marymount University, Arlington, VA June -8th 2019

Internships: June 10th-August 1st, 2019

Closing Conference: Location TBD, August 2-4, 2019


Returning Middlebury undergrads. Those who apply and are selected for the internship must be able to attend the conferences and intern dates in full.


  • An initial stipend of $816 to help with food and commuter costs (estimated living allowance of $14/day—part of the SHECP experience encouraging education about the types of experiences those in the community in which you will be working typically experience)
  • a $500 stipend to support travel costs to and/or from the Opening and Closing Conferences, respectively
  • Intern stipend of $1500 is awarded

Other Benefits

  • Housing is provided
  • Transportation from the Opening Conference to the internship site and from the internship to the Closing Conference are provided by SHECP

Once accepted to the program, selecting a summer placement is a collaborative effort between the student, internship director at the “home” institution, the SHECP Internship Program (SIP) Director, and host site supervisors.

Placement Steps

  1. A meeting is scheduled with the SHECP Director to discuss the internships indicated on the application, as well as other areas of interest.
  2. SHECP Director matches the student with an organization, balancing the student preferences with commitments to organizations in different geographic regions and housing limitations.
  3. Student and agency are notified of the match via email. The agency receives the student’s resume and letter of recommendation.
  4. Student intern and agency convene a phone interview to confirm the placement is a good match.
  5. Once matched, the student and agency develop a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) in preparation for the internship.