Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Summer Internship Program

Specific Summer Internship Information

for MSU RCOAL Students

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Application Deadline

January 15, 2021

Internship Dates

Thursday, June 3 – Sunday, August 1, 2021

Internship Goals

The SHECP Summer Internship Program places students with agencies that work in communities. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve and empower their communities.

Internship Sites

The agencies, located in both urban and rural sites, focus on art & design, communication, music, theatre & dance, education, healthcare, 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.

Internship Details

  • Housing provided

  • Living stipend

  • Orientation, Virtual

  • Closing Conference, Location TBD

  • Travel to internship site

  • Travel from internship site to closing conference

  • Travel from closing conference

When did MSU join?

Missouri State University joined the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in 2020. MSU intends to send five interns from RCOAL through funding provided by Dr. Shawn Wahl, Dean, Reynolds College of Arts & Letters (RCOAL).

Who is eligible?

Open to all RCOAL majors; graduating seniors are not eligible.

Application Process & Program Details

For information about the application process and the internship sites, please visit the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium site:

View the flyer "Practicing Equity at the Intersection of Race & Poverty" | SHECP 2021 | Summer Internship Program

Additional Information

For additional information about the opportunity, please email Alan Tinkler (Department of English) at or Sean Herring at

Zoom Information Sessions

Upcoming Student Information Sessions (or by appointment)

Please note: Except for 2020 when all of the internships were virtual, students have lived in cohorts in SHECP’s partnership communities. The current goal is to have students live in communities, though that may shift depending on the pandemic.