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 Jo Gressly. 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 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 2020-2021

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


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 build community collaborations in Grundy County by advertising for and leading life skills classes for parents in the community in order to implement drug and alcohol prevention practices in their own home. For more information, contact Chasity Melton.

Wednesday Wonderings (Formerly Well-Directed Curiosity)

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 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.

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 Kim Tucker.

South Cumberland Community Fund

The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) helps improve the quality of life across this region by increasing philanthropic giving and supporting leadership to build on the strength of the area's people, communities, and natural setting; to enhance community capacity building and collaboration; and to support innovative ways to solve community problems.

The Canale Intern working with South Cumberland Community Fund 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.

Partners for Healing

Partners for Healing is a free medical clinic in Tullahoma, TN. They serve 3 counties, over general care, lab work, and referrals. They have a prescription assistance program and offer diabetes education to patients. The clinic is interested in students willing to research and write grants, organize clinic structure, create new initiatives, digitize medical records, educate the clinic on technology and offer cooking demonstrations. For more information, contact Lynn Brumfield.

Folks at Home

Folks at Home is a local non-profit organization developed for and dedicated to assisting its mem- bers in continuing a dignified and comfortable lifestyle in the community through coordination of services they need during their elder years. Students working with Folks at Home would offer companionship to seniors, develop student volunteers for services, teach health-based classes, and offer general support to the work and mission of Folks at Home. For more information, Wall Wofford.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention program works with the Franklin and Grundy County Health Educator and Assistant Director to 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. In 2010, 35% of the Grundy county residents reported taking insulin and 30% of the population has adult obesity. Students interested in working with this program apply during the spring semester to work the following year as a Diabetes Education Fellow. For more information, Wall Wofford.

Manchester Business 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.  Contact Rebecca French.

Office of Civic Engagement Videographer

This intern will work with a variety of programs run by the Office of Civic Engagement to produce, film, and edit video content. Projects will include supporting Grundy Eats Program with filming and editing of local cooking show, creating and editing videos for local community partners to use for storytelling and marketing, and creating and editing small informational videos for Office of Civic Engagement and Bonner and Canale programs. For more information, contact Robin Hille Michaels.

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.

Pelham Elementary School Activ8 Leader

Activ8 leaders work with elementary and middle school aged children twice a week to increase their physical activity, provide education on nutrition, and promoting a more active, healthier choice lifestyle. Enjoy your days getting to know these exciting students and being a role model in their childhood. Contact Judy Fults.