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.

Interested in applying? If you have questions about the application process, please contact Loring McDonald (lmmcdona@sewanee.edu). For questions regarding specific projects, contacts are listed in the project description.

There are opportunities for students to propose Canale projects for work with a community partner that address a specific need. Please contact Robin Hille Michaels in the Office of Civic Engagement for more information. 

Canale FAQ

  1. All returning students are eligible to be Canales.
  2. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.
  3. 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.
  4. Canale Internships can run for 1 or 2 semesters.

Application Requirements

  1. 2 - 4 page proposal that describes your project, and how it will help develop your leadership, communication, emotional, and analytical skills.
  2. Resume.
  3. List of 2 references (at least 1 from a faculty member).
  4. Letter or email from your internship sponsor confirming that you have had a chance to meet by Zoom or phone to discuss the position together. 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 2021-22

The following are continuing partnerships and projects. The Office of Civic Engagement strongly encourages students to consider applying for new leadership roles during March 2020. 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
BETTERFI

BetterFi is a 501(c)(3) financial non-profit operating out of Coalmont, TN that serves the South Cumberland Plateau. BetterFi provides financial coaching as well as an affordable alternative to costly predatory consumer loans that often entrap low-income individuals and families. Canale interns will be able to work on identifying and establishing partnerships between BetterFi and regional organizations; become IRS tax certified to assist in free income tax filing for local residents in order to save local families hundreds of dollars that they would otherwise spend; teach and manage financial literacy and career planning games and activities with local 8th graders via Junior Achievement; and lead other student volunteers in this work.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Spike Hosch, spike@betterfi.co. 

CHRISTIANS CELEBRATING GOD'S BOUNTY CLINIC

The Canale intern at CCGB Clinic are responsible for training and organizing Sewanee medical interns volunteering with the clinic.  Additionally, the Canale will work with the other community volunteers on a variety of tasks that are necessary for the clinic's efficient function: checking patients in (retrieving/making files, taking histories, vitals,blood sugar, etc.), sanitizing patient rooms between uses, locating and properly packaging medication prescribed to a patient, identifying and organizing donated medications categorically, making appointments in person or over the phone, talking/recording phone messages, and any general organization or cleaning that might be necessary at the time. At times, the intern will have the opportunity to shadow the day’s volunteer physician. On these days, the student is able to learn by observing the physician's interactions with patients, and also helps the physician in any way that might be needed.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Dr. Tom Smith, tsmithmd@bellsouth.net.  

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Diabetes Prevention program works with the Office of Civic Engagement and Sewanee's Pre-Health Program to develop, implement,promote, and lead a weekly, evidence-based program designed to help prevent diabetes from developing in two counties with low health rankings in a state that is ranked low,nationally, in health.  The Canale intern will recruit, train, and organize fellow student Diabetes Educators in this work as well as lead Diabetes programming in the community.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to:  Prof. Cynthia Gray, cggray@sewanee.edu. 

GROWING ROOTS

Role 1: Community Garden Coordinator(s) / General Garden Support: Growing Root’s two current teaching and community garden sites, located at the South Cumberland Learning & Development Center and in downtown, residential Tracy City represent their greatest opportunity for service. Activities in these locations include the construction of garden infrastructure, such as the building of raised beds and raising of greenhouses, general workshop support, the daily maintenance of garden spaces, and the harvesting of produce. Moreover, the space presents an opportunity for volunteers and residents to claim a stake in their labor, utilizing gardening beds for their own personal food production. In this role, the Canale intern will help to open and close the garden space, provide camaraderie and assistance to volunteers and community members, support workshop leads in the logistics of workshop organization, and help to maintain the garden, the greenhouse & resource shed, and community harvest using sustainable practices. In the Winter season, when weather does not permit outdoor activities at the garden, the Garden Coordinator(s) will join Growing Roots in planning and strategizing for the next growing cycle.  Additionally, Canale interns will organize and lead other student volunteers in this work.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to:  Stephanie Kelley, stephanie@growhealthyroots.org. 

Role 2: Media / Videographer: Growing Roots is in need of 1-2 knowledgeable individuals to support organizational video production and editing and to provide training to 1-2 in-house personnel on technical video production & editing skills. At the end of the year term, Growing Roots hopes to produce a fundraising video for the organization and its activities. Growing Roots believes strongly in equity and accessibility and would like the end product to reflect these communication principles.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to:  Stephanie Kelley, stephanie@growhealthyroots.org. 

Role 3: Growing Roots After School Initiative / Building Strong Brains Collaboration - Tutor: Growing Roots is building a team of wellness-informed instructors to facilitate the After School Initiative. ASI emphasizes holistic education and a social justice-oriented approach to instruction. Inaugurated in the Winter of 2020, this partnership is expected to grow both in the numbers of students and scope of students utilizing these services. If you have worked in teaching capacities, are motivated by nontraditional approaches to education, or are especially interested in helping to develop a community of social justice-oriented educators on the South Cumberland Plateau, consider this position.  Additionally, the Canale intern will organize and lead other student volunteers in this work.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to:  Stephanie Kelley, stephanie@growhealthyroots.org. 

HERITAGE TRAIL PROJECT

The Heritage Trail Project is using community conversations to explore building a trail to recognize a large part of Sewanee’s community's history and honoring the individuals and places that helped form and shape present day Sewanee. The mission is to lay the groundwork for the locations that will be marked on this trail to memorialize areas around the Sewanee Domain that are a part of Sewanee’s historically black community. Locations such as the St. Marks school, the swimming pool, the cemetery, and other locations are key foundations of Sewanee’s black history that have long gone unnoticed, and it’s past time to implement the recognition of these significant aspects of the black community within the town.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Dr. Woody Register, wregiste@sewanee.edu. 

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF MIDDLE TN AND THE CUMBERLANDS

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands is a non-profit law firm that works throughout the state of Tennessee to “enforce, advance and defend the legal rights of low income and vulnerable families in order to obtain for them the basic necessities of life.” This position could help perform research, collect data, as well as potentially translate for staff members working with Spanish speaking clients on issues like criminal problems, child support, immigration, and any other need for free legal support.  The Canale intern will be expected to work ten hours/week with Legal Aid.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Iska Hoole, ihoole@las.org. 

LONE ROCK CONVICT STOCKADE PROJECT

From 1870 until 1895, tens of thousands of primarily African American men, women, and children -- including many who had been born into slavery -- were held in bondage across the state of Tennessee. These individuals were forced to work in industries that came to define the ‘New South’ after the Civil War, including coal mines, iron mines, and coke ovens. As people who had been convicted of a crime, they were exempted from the 13th Amendment’s vow to abolish slavery, the first sentence of which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime... shall exist within the United States.” Archaeologists are now exploring the lives and experiences of these individuals through an examination of the places they were held: convict stockades. The Lone Rock Convict Stockade Project documents the history of convict leasing in the state of Tennessee and follows the archaeologists’ discoveries. The Canale intern will both engage in the work of documentation as well as organize other student volunteers in this work.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Dr. Camille Westmont, vcwestmo@sewanee.edu. 

MANCHESTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD

The Greater Manchester Economic Development Board works to foster and expand existing commercial enterprises and to establish and maintain a civic and economic climate that will encourage and attract new businesses in the Manchester area. The Canale at this site will work with a variety of stakeholders in City of Manchester–The Industrial Board, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, Conference Center, Recreation Center, City Mayor and any other key contributes to future growth–to determine and organize community economic assets for use in recruiting retail establishments and small businesses to the area. This intern will create materials for showcasing Manchester’s economic assets, compiling data into one-sheeters, slide decks,  and catalogues in order to make it quick and easy for the Board to showcase Manchester’s positive attributes to potential recruits.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Rebecca French, rebecca@mcccc.com. 

MARC - MARION ANIMAL RESOURCE CONNECTION

MARC is a non-profit group of concerned citizens in Marion County TN whose mission is to improve the lives of animals in Marion County through education and spay/neuter promotion and advocacy. The Canale intern will be involved with searching for useful and age appropriate videos and worksheets to share with classroom teachers and for civic groups, leading these education sessions in Marion County elementary schools either in-person or via zoom, create a video specific to our animal non profit, and leading other student volunteers in this work.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Anne Grindle, annegrindle19@gmail.com. 

SOUTH PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MENTOR

CORE (Connecting Others Respecting Each Other) and Man Up are mentoring and empowerment programs designed to mentor young women and men in high school. Through individual and group mentoring, the Canale intern will recruit and organize Sewanee men and women as fellow mentors following the Respect Institute curriculum.  Part of the goal of this program is to increase communication, self-awareness, self-worth, goal-setting, and leadership development.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Paige Hill, phill@mctns.net. 

SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE YOUNG FARMERS COALITION

The Southeast Tennessee Young Farmers Coalition facilitates and advocates communication and cooperation among local farmers and between local entities, and champions the generation and dissemination of sustainable agriculture/food system-related education and information. The Canale intern working with this site will develop basic communications process, assist with researching organizations and creating a network of organizations that work on topics that connect with and affect our members (i.e. create clearinghouse for state policy that affects small farmers), and research land ownership/and farming history as it pertains to Indigenous and Black people on the Domain and also in the area.  Additionally, the Canale intern will recruit and organize student volunteers working with this program.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Jess Wilson, setnyf@gmail.com. 

UNIVERSITY FARM

The University Farm supplies McClurg Dining Hall, Stirling’s Coffee House, and the Cup &Gown Cafe with over one ton of product annually, including fresh eggs, salad greens, and other produce. The Canale intern will help with planting, harvesting, washing, and delivery of produce to CAC (weekly) and Morton (monthly) for food banks, exploring additional programs to support local needs through the farm, and organize fellow student volunteers working at the farm.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Carolyn Hoagland, carolyn.hoagland@sewanee.edu. 

WEDNESDAY WONDERINGS

Wednesday Wonderings (WW) is an after-school program at Sewanee Elementary School held each Wednesday from 2:30-3:30.  Students offer themed classes with a curriculum for 6 weeks each semester and potential classes could include: fort-building, building a garden,writing and acting out plays using items found in nature as props, or any other subject that students feel interested in leading.  The Canale intern will both lead a class each semester as well as recruit, train, and organize other student volunteers to lead classes.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Sarah Marhevsky, smarhevsky@gmail.com. 

WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The Canale intern will work with Westwood Elementary’s ELL program for their robust spanish-speaking student population, as well as support programming for student families during the week.  Student work includes helping with lessons, workshops, homework help, organizing translation for parent-teacher nights, and supporting the ESL program for adults at All God’s Children.  The Canale intern will recruit, train, and organize other student volunteers working with this program.  Students interested in learning more about this project should reach out to: Jennifer Raulston, jraulston@k12mcs.net.