School Profile: Centre College’s Shepherd Internship Program

(Centre News) – Summer is a time to kick back, relax and soak up the sun, but for three Centre College students in particular, this summer is a time to focus on a much loftier goal: fighting poverty.

Kendra Montejos ’14, Paige Coomer ’14 and Cyrus Xi ’14 are all participating in the Shepherd Internship Program, a branch of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

The Consortium—which Centre joined in the fall of 2012—works to involve multiple academic disciplines and institutions in educating graduate and undergraduate students on poverty, both in the classroom and through rigorous internships.

The internship program provides eight-week opportunities for intensive experiential learning. Interns travel to impoverished communities and work with residents on issues like education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger and community-building. The internships are designed to provide a foundational experience that can be built upon and continued after graduation.

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