Canale Leadership and Service Internship
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.
- A 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).
- A 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. Deadline: Midnight, March 6th.
Priority Canale Internships for 2017-2018
The following are continuing partnerships and projects. These positions are priority positions and the Office of Civic Engagement strongly encourages students to consider applying for these leadership roles. However, students may also apply with a new project that is 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 (this is only a forwarded email from the contact person at the site), 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
A Place for Families (the Family Coop) provides the opportunity for parents/caregivers and their children (ages birth-five) a place to gather, play, learn, and explore. Each activity is carefully sculpted to promote skills critical for school success, with a primary focus on early literacy and social skills. A service intern would be responsible for supporting projects under the Discover Together initiative including supporting the lead teacher working with pre-school children and their families in the co-op, or working with the after-school program weekly at Tracy City Elementary for tutoring and enrichment. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Emily Partin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English as a Second Language
This position will organize university students to teach ESL to adult immigrants in Manchester as well as high school students at Franklin County High School. They will recruit, train, and organize student volunteers in creating weekly lesson plans, tracking the ESL students progress, developing trust and relationships with mostly undocumented residents, and hosting workshops about immigrant rights. The leader has the potential to be trained specifically as an ESL instructor. The community partner is the Office of Civic Engagement and does not require a confirmation email.
Folks at Home
Folks at Home is a local non-profit organization developed for and dedicated to assisting its members 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 check in with home-bound clients, develop student volunteers for services, and offer general support to the work and mission of Folks at Home. This position will also be responsible for recruiting and training student volunteers. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Kathleen O’Donohue at email@example.com.
This position will work with other Bonner Leaders and recruited student volunteers to learn the process of researching funds, learning grant cycles, meeting with community partners to explore needs and funding sources, working with Bonners at their sites on program development, and writing grants. The community partner is the Office of Civic Engagement and does not require a confirmation email.
This position works with high school aged girls on empowerment through discussion of self-confidence, body image, positivity, and activities to challenge and impact how they view themselves and their futures. This initiative includes training and use of the Respect Institute curriculum, meeting with a group of high school women weekly, with the potential for school-wide projects. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Donna Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (if you cannot reach her by email) through the Counseling office phone line at 931.692.5411.
Mountain TOP is an interdenominational non-profit that addresses physical and social needs of low-income families in Grundy County. This position will work with two AmeriCorps VISTAs on weatherization as well as data entry and analysis. For the weatherization work, students will meet with community partner organizations offering home building and repair support for low-income families, run monthly meetings to build this network, organize volunteers and help conduct energy audits for high-need homes. Students will also be reviewing and assessing efficiency and efficacy of Mountain TOP programs through data entry and analysis, helping to develop their Alumni Network and participating in their Fall Festival, fall home repair projects, and college campus ministry weeks doing major home repair in the spring. Hours will be a mix of flexible on-campus hours and on-site hours at homes in Grundy. Skills needed include communication, time management, self-direction, and interest in providing social services in a rural context. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Julie Keel at email@example.com.
This position will work with the clients of New Life, being trained by the staff there to understand the needs and complications around working with adults with disabilities. Individuals will be transported to Sewanee once a week to be led on hikes and other activities on the domain. The site leader will organize the weekly activities on Sewanee’s campus with the New Life members, as well as recruit and train student volunteers to work with the program. Ideally, the site leader will identify University resources (e.g. individuals with particular interests, offices like the fire department with a particular appeal) with which to collaborate. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Sherry Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canale site leader at North Elementary School will work with the Activ8 program, teaching curriculum to elementary-aged children twice a week to increase their physical activity, provide education on nutrition, and promoting a more active, healthier choice lifestyle. This position will also recruit, train, and organize student volunteers to assist the program as well and will consider how best to collaborate with other student groups, like athletic teams, to further support the program. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Renee Corley at email@example.com.
Partners for Healing
Partners for Healing is a free medical clinic in Tullahoma, TN. They serve 3 counties via general care, lab work, and referrals. They have a prescription assistance program and offer diabetes education to patients. The Canale site leader would be willing to research and write grants (or work with the grantwriting committee to do this), organize and train Sewanee medical interns to work at the clinic, create new initiatives, digitize medical records, educate the clinic on technology and offer cooking demonstrations. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Michelle Carmack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sewanee Women Engaging & Empowering Community (SWEEC) is a community service initiative designed to engage the women of Sewanee in order to build lasting community and create meaningful, empowering interactions and relationships in the surrounding area. Community building is facilitated through “teacup” mentorship monthly meetings on the Mountain and monthly service projects with several local community partners, for which these Canale position will be responsible. SWEEC exists to develop a more empowered and unified community by serving, woman to woman. Ideal candidates will have previous experience volunteering with SWEEC, be able to work independently to create a timeline for the semester, in addition to effectively communicating with multiple community partners and manage community projects simultaneously. The community partner is the Office of Civic Engagement and does not require a confirmation email.
This position creates short videos telling the stories of Bonners, Canales, and Community Partners. An ideal candidate will have previous experience with film, interviewing, and editing (specifically with Adobe Premiere), can work independently and creatively to capture student and community partners stories, and create and manage their own deadlines. They need to have the ability to contact, meeting with, and communicate with site supervisors at community partners. Ideally, this intern will create 3 short videos a semester. The community partner is the Office of Civic Engagement and does not require a confirmation email.
Volunteers in Medicine
This position assists at the clinic with organizing and training Sewanee medical interns to work at the clinic, patient in-take, clinic organization, and any new initiative to support the work of the clinic. For more information about this position, including how to receive an email confirmation supporting your application, please contact Jeanna Thompson at email@example.com or call 931.691.4277.
This position will work with other Bonners/Canales to develop and update blogs and websites for local community partners as needed. An ideal candidate will have previous experience working in web development, might be enrolled in Computer Science courses, or seeking a career in technology. The intern is able to work independently, set and meet their own deadlines, as well as collaborate with other interns and sites as needed. They will be able to work with community partners to set up websites that the community partner can sustain overtime. The community partner is the Office of Civic Engagement and does not require a confirmation email.