November 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Wealth & Poverty | Information Sessions for Summer Internships, Nov. 3

Ohio University students, especially those involved with the Wealth & Poverty Theme, are encouraged to apply for summer internships through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

Two information sessions are planned:

  • Monday, Oct. 24,  from 5-6 p.m. Baker Center 231
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6-7 p.m. Baker Center 239

Ohio University recently joined the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

The deadline for applications for the competitively-selected summer internships is Nov. 22, 2016. Interested students must complete the online application available at the SHECP website. In keeping with SHECP guidelines, preference will be given to applicants who have taken an approved poverty course prior to summer of 2017.  Finalists for the program will be notified over winter break so that interviews and the final decision regarding recipients can be made early in spring semester.

In between the classroom experiences, students apply for summer internships at community organizations that have established partnerships with member institutions. Internships take place across the country and in a variety of settings and fields of service that capture the interdisciplinary nature of the program including business and economic development; child services and education; community action; environmental issues; healthcare; homelessness and social services; hunger; and legal aid for both civil and criminal matters.

“I am really glad that OHIO students, particularly those interested in the Wealth and Poverty theme, can benefit from this internship experience while serving in communities where many people live in poverty and lack access to health care and other services. Wealth and Poverty faculty members will continue their efforts to foster student learning and engagement in internships, study abroad programs, and other field experiences,” said Dr. Yeong Kim, Associate Professor of Geography and Wealth and Poverty theme coordinator.

Stories from participants in the program reveal that the internship is the core SHECP experience for students. Interns are paid a subsistence wage, living with other interns to make for a collaborative learning experience in which students engage each other in the issue of poverty, reflecting on the work at their respective agencies and organizations. Students do internships in communities away from their home institutions. Interns gather prior to departure for preparation and training and then reconvene afterward for SHECP’s annual symposium that focuses on a specific poverty-related theme and features top scholars and practitioners working in the field.

For more information visit the SHECP website. Anyone with questions or seeking additional information may also contact either Dr. Rachel Terman (, the internship director for Ohio Univeristy, or Dr. Stephen Scanlan (, the director of the SHECP program for OHIO.

Those working in the Wealth & Poverty Theme are excited about the opportunities SHECP membership will create, not only for students but faculty members and Ohio University and the greater community as well. The program will help further institutionalize poverty studies at Ohio University and important community outreach initiatives to assist in addressing the issue across the country but in our own community as well.

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