Service Internships

Internships are an important way to get insights into a career field, obtain valuable professional experience, and develop new skills. These experiences are valuable to students and there are many opportunities for students to pursue paid internships while doing service-related work through a variety of University programs. The outreach office sponsors two paid internships, and there are numerous other internships available through other offices that have a service focus as well.

Canale Leadership and Service Internship

Supported by the Canale Endowment, students pursue a semester-long community service project of their choosing.

See how Watson's Canale Internship helped him pursue his passions and strengths.  


Learn more about the Canale Leadership and Service Internship here

The Bonner Leaders Program

The Bonner Leaders Program at Sewanee provides a four-year service-learning scholarship for students who have a commitment to service. The program is designed to offer extracurricular experiences in working with local community partners, with faculty teaching community engagement classes, in some cases with international partners, and with ongoing training and reflection on issues that arise in the context of service and community engagement. This program is offered to incoming freshman and all interested prospective students are encouraged to apply along with their regular Sewanee application. More details about the program and how to apply can be found on the Bonner Leaders website.

Lilly Summer Discernment Institute

The Lilly Summer Discernment Institute works to develop a new generation of religious and service-oriented leaders through substantive experiences in summer internships. In particular, the program was developed to help attract students to the ordained ministry and to vocations that embrace service as a way of life. To that end, the University has established a Summer Discernment Institute (SDI) that consists of five days of classes, orientation, speakers, discussion groups, and group activities at the University of the South, followed by six weeks of internships, and culminates in a five-day session back at Sewanee for formal presentations by participants on their experiences, reflection, and discussions of significant learning.

The Summer Discernment Institute operates within the Christian tradition, but invites interns to reflect on concepts of vocation and service from a variety of religious and ethical perspectives. The Institute solicits applications from all students interested in participating in such reflection, regardless of their religious or ethical orientation. We welcome a variety of vocational paths and ways of exploring your classing. Find more information on the LSDI website.

Other Service-related internship opportunities include: