Sophomore Service Leadership Internship

The Sophomore Service Leadership Internship is a summer opportunity for rising juniors to work with non-profit organizations while earning a stipend and learning the businesses where they are employed.  During the summer of 2021, there were four opportunities, and one went to a rising junior who missed the opportunity due to COVID. 

The summer of 2022 brings opportunities for five current sophomores.  Room in the Inn, Urban Housing Solutions, Second Harvest, Youth Encouragement Service and Operation Stand Down will each host one intern who for six weeks in the summer will serve as full time staff by working eight hours a day. The students will be given a job title, will have specific duties and will be expected to show up and work as a vital employee of the company. 

Interns will receive a stipend of $2250 upon completion of their work and follow up meetings with Ms. Williams and/or Mr. Sawyer.

Applying for the Internship

Who may apply?  Sophomores in good standing, who are passing all classes and have no discipline or honor violations.

How do I apply?  To apply please make sure you take the following steps:
  • write a ½ page paper outlining why you want to participate, the non-profit organization where you would most like to work (from the list below), and a statement as to how this opportunity will benefit the school and the student
  • complete the Student Information Sheet found here
  • turn in the completed application in electronic or hard copy form to Ms. Williams
  • application deadline is midnight on Thursday, February 17 
  • put your best foot forward ... the application matters!
  • interviews will follow on a date to be announced
What non-profits are participating?
  • Operation Stand Down
  • Room in the Inn
  • Second Harvest
  • Urban Housing Solutions
  • Youth Encouragement Services
    • Travis Swafford: Room at the Inn

I finished my internship at Room in the Inn a few weeks ago, and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences that I've had since coming to MBA. 
Although the two locations are a mere 15-minutes apart, the worlds of MBA and RITI seem to be in almost completely different realms. Each day I encountered situations that reminded me of both my privileges and the thin margin that separates Nashville's homeless population from a normal life. My daily duties most often included washing and folding laundry, sorting and distributing mail to our participants, and helping out with activities such as classes, karaoke, and games. The latter of these duties is where I really found my niche, as the cornhole competitions I organized were a hit among the participants and a great means for cultivating community and a friendly(yet competitive!) atmosphere. 
Throughout the experience, I learned from both the staff and participants at Room in the Inn how community and selflessness can foster hope and redemption for those whom life has hit the hardest. I am deeply grateful for my opportunity at Room in the Inn this summer and would love for others at MBA to have the same experience. 

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