Students with youth who participate in the Parks and People Foundation’s SuperKids Camp in Baltimore, Maryland.

The University of Vermont joined the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) in 2015. SHECP seeks to advance an interdisciplinary approach to poverty studies with the goal of promoting citizens who are committed to diminishing poverty through meaningful civic engagement. To do this, SHECP supports curricular and pedagogical innovations to enhance poverty studies at member colleges and universities.

The Consortium's signature Summer Internship Program provides UVM students with an opportunity to participate in an 8-week funded internship at various partner agencies across the country. In addition to the community-based internship, there is an opening conference and a closing convening, allowing students to share their experiences and engage in reflection activities.

In addition to the University of Vermont, current consortium members include, among others: Middlebury College, Berea College, Elon University, Ohio University, University of Notre Dame, and Washington and Lee University.

Application Information

The application deadline for the Summer Internship Program is generally January 15th. To apply, please visit the Internship Application.


For more information, please contact Alan Tinkler, associate professor in the College of Education and Social Services.