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 Morgan Jennings. 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