Supported by the Canale endowment, students pursue a community service internship of their choosing. The internships are student-submitted projects that benefit the greater Sewanee community, while also developing the individual intern’s leadership, communication, emotional, and analytical skills.
Interns are self-directed but receive assistance from a mentor and the Office of Civic Engagement. Internships take place during the academic year and interns are expected to work up to 8 hours per week on their projects (or as specified for each position).
What is a Canale Internship?
Supported by the Canale endowment, students pursue a community service internship that addresses a community-identified need benefitting the greater Sewanee community, while also developing the individual intern’s leadership, communication, emotional, and analytical skills.
Interns are self-directed but receive assistance from a mentor and the Office of Civic Engagement. Internships take place during the academic year and interns work 4 - 8 hours per week on projects.
- All returning students are eligible to be Canales.
- Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.
- Canale Interns earn up to $1000 per semester for 8 hours per week, $750 for 6 hours per week, or $500 for 4 hours per week.
- Canale Internships can run for 1 or 2 semesters.
- 2 - 4 page proposal that describes your project, and how it will help develop your leadership, communication, emotional, and analytical skills.
- List of 2 references (at least 1 from a faculty member).
- Letter or email from your internship sponsor confirming that you have been accepted to work with them. This is required, even if you are applying to continue your internship with the same organization and supervisor. The letter must include contact information, internship dates, and proposed responsibilities. If you are still waiting to receive confirmation from your site supervisor, please upload a letter, addressed to the Selection Committee explaining when you expect confirmation.
Ready to make a difference? Apply here.
Canale Internships for 2018-2019
The following are continuing partnerships and projects. The Office of Civic Engagement strongly encourages students to consider applying for new leadership roles during February 2019. Students may also apply with a new project that addresses a community identified need. For these initiatives, students will need to write in their proposal how this need came to their attention and how an identified community site will be partnering with their work. All new positions are required to submit an email confirmation from their site supervisor, confirming the partnership and suggested project.
Students are encouraged to apply if they can commit to being a Canale the entire academic year.
Accepted Canale students will be considered a site leader and as a Canale site leader will have responsibilities within the program that include attending weekly trainings/reflections organized by the Bonner/Canale program as well as:
- Running their site-based team meeting (three times each semester)
- Organizing any training needed for students working at their sites
- Serving as a liaison between students and the site as well as the Bonner/Canale program and the site
- Attending site leader training and meeting(s)
- Collecting everyone's schedules for your site and sharing with site supervisor and Bonner/Canale Director each semester
- Any additional leadership duties as appropriate
Grundy Safe Communities Coalition
Located in Tracy City, Grundy Safe Communities Coalition, operating under Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System, has received a grant from the State of Tennessee specifically aimed at reducing the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and opiod overdoses in Grundy County. The Bonner or Canale intern would work alongside the organization's AmeriCorps VISTA member to develop and implement programming for a youth club aimed at preventing drug abuse. The Intern would also assist with communication efforts by developing social media and blog posts. For more information, contact Chasity Melton.
CORE at South Pittsburg Middle and High School
The Canale Intern for CORE (Connecting Others, Respecting Each Other) will work as a mentor with students to develop self-confidence, hope for the future, and healthy relationships. The Intern will develop curriculum, build a cohort of student participants, organize field trips and collaborative experiences with neighboring schools, and collaborate with other school staff. CORE and Man-Up are two programs for women and men, respectively, both using curriculum from the Respect Institute. For more information, contact Paige Hill.
Man-Up at South Pittsburg High School
The Canale Intern for Man-Up will work as a mentor with students to develop self-confidence, hope for the future, and healthy relationships. The Intern will develop curriculum, build a cohort of student participants, organize field trips and collaborative experiences with neighboring schools, and collaborate with other school staff. CORE and Man-Up are two programs for women and men, respectively, both using curriculum from the Respect Institute. For more information, contact Paige Hill.
Wednesday Wonderings (Formerly Well-Directed Curiosity)
Responsibilities as the Canale Intern in charge of Wednesday Wonderings include recruiting volunteers, planning a six week curriculum for Sewanee Elementary School students participating in the program, and leading the weekly classes. For more information, contact Robin Hille Michaels.
The Canale Intern at the Christians Celebrating God’s Bounty Clinic will shadow doctors, and assist patients by taking vitals and checking medication. In addition, this Intern will work with Sewanee’s Medical and Health Program student interns, orient and train volunteers, and manage capacity-building projects for the clinic. For more information, contact Jeanna Thompson.
South Cumberland Community Fund
The Canale Intern working with South Cumberland Community Fund will create content and gather stories for social media and website posts by interviewing SCCF board members, staff, and partners. The Intern will also document events and community projects. A second Canale Intern will support the SCCF’s grants program by communicating with grantees, assisting with the grant application and review process, and planning events. For more information, contact Nicky Hamilton.
Midway Tutoring (with Community Action Committee)
The Community Action Committee coordinates volunteers for weekly tutoring sessions at St. James Episcopal Church in Midway. This Canale Intern will host, lead and measure of weekly tutoring sessions, recruit and manage volunteer tutors, and serve as a liaison to the CAC Director (currently Ms. Betty Carpenter). In addition, the Intern will maintain the Little Free Library at St. James Episcopal Church as needed. For more information, contact Betty Carpenter.
The Canale Intern for Grundy Eats will work on a new cooking show to be aired on GCTV - Grundy County TV. Chef Rick Wright and rotating co-hosts from the local community will host the program, which will showcase healthy recipes, cooking hacks, local health and wellness resources and events, and shout-outs to local residents who write in to share their thoughts and recipes related to cooking and growing up in Grundy County. The Intern’s duties will include scheduling co-hosts, arranging space and logistics, managing meal preparation, filming and editing episodes, communication and other social media advertising, sponsor advertisement, and other duties as assigned. Preferred candidates will experience with videography and film editing, strong time management and organizational skills, and sound interpersonal skills. For more information, contact Robin Hille Michaels.
The Community of St. Mary, Southern Province, is a women’s Benedictine community within the Episcopal Church and located 2 miles from Sewanee’s campus. They aim to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle that promotes care for the body, the soul, and the earth. Organic Prayer Project Aids will work in the gardens of St. Mary's Convent during the growing season, and harvest and process lavender grown for their partnership with Thistle Farms in Nashville. Additionally, Interns will assist the Sisters of St. Mary in administrative work, chapel and library maintenance, fundraising, and outreach. For more information, contact Sister Madeleine Mary.
Office of Civic Engagement Business Development & Marketing Team
The Office of Civic Engagement Business Development & Marketing Team promotes the development of businesses and organizations on the South Cumberland Plateau. This Canale Intern will support a team of student interns by contributing to brand management, content creation, web design, and data analysis.
Through a collaboration with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, this Canale Intern position will work with the Hospitality Shop. The Hospitality Shop is a volunteer-run business that upcycles, recycles and re-purposes donations to lessen the impact on the environment. Most of the Hospitality Shop’s revenue is awarded to Franklin and Grundy County graduating High School students. The Canale Intern will assist in day-to-day operations, including modernization measures like social media and Venmo Saturday. Send email here for more information.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands is a nonprofit law firm committed to the principle that all citizens are due equal representation under the law, and provides free legal services for civil cases, particularly for low-income individuals. This Canale Intern would provide case assistance at the Tullahoma office, preparing information and materials for cases, assisting with community education and outreach, facilitating collaboration with other agencies, and providing general legal office assistance. An intern who is bilingual in English and Spanish is strongly preferred. For more information, contact Managing Attorney Iska Hoole.