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Hess Fellows Advocacy and Poverty Internships

Marisa Sitz at the Glide Foundation-Hess Fellows Fall Reflection-Faith Munford at the YWCA

The Hess Fellows Program offers intensive, summer internships with nonprofit agencies.  The internships focus on either advocacy or poverty, and are open to students in their second and third years of study at the College. In both advocacy and poverty internships, interns participate as full members of their assigned agencies.  Advocacy interns help build organizational capacity by conducting research, facilitating coalitions, leading community outreach programs, organizing lobbying efforts, and coordinating grassroots campaigns. Poverty interns learn about the multiple dimensions of poverty through a variety of projects that strengthen impoverished communities across the country. All Hess Fellow Internships are RISE3 projects with on-going reflection throughout the summer. 

Applications for both Advocacy and Poverty Internships are due February 12, 2017. Students may apply for both Advocacy and Poverty Internships but will only be selected for one. More information on both types of internships and links to the applications can be found below.

Advocacy Internships

Interns

  • Receive a stipend to offset the cost of living expenses during the internship
  • Are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing arrangements
  • Participate in pre-departure and post-internship workshops on the BSC campus, as well as public events with donors and other program supporters throughout the year

Application

Interested students should complete this application by February 12, 2017. Each applicant will interview with former Advocacy Interns and Hess Center staff. If you are nominated for an Advocacy Internship, the partnering agency must confirm your placement, a step that might include an additional phone interview with agency staff or review of your application materials.

Agencies

Click here for a list of our Hess Fellow Advocacy partner agencies, agency locations, links to their websites, and brief descriptions of the projects happening at each agency.

Poverty Internships

Made possible through a partnership with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP)

Interns

  • Receive a modest living allowance (provided by SHECP)
  • Live with and learn from other Poverty interns from across the country in housing arranged and funded by SHECP
  • Participate in pre-departure and post-internship workshops on the BSC campus, as well as public events with donors and other program supporters throughout the year
  • Attend two-day opening and closing conferences at a location off the BSC campus. Transportation costs from opening conference to the internship site and from the site to the closing conference are covered by SHECP

Application

Interested students should complete this application by February 12, 2017. Each applicant will interview with Hess Center staff. If you are nominated for a Poverty Internship, you will work with SHECP to set up a phone interview with your proposed agency. Once placement is confirmed, you will coordinate with your agency supervisor to create a Community Learning Agreement to govern your experience. A letter of recommendation must be submitted with your application to be considered for this internship.   

Agencies

Click here for a list of partner agencies and internship descriptions.

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