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Thank you for your interest in interning with Open Table Nashville! Before filling out the application (by clicking on the link above), please read over the application sections below. 

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS

  • Social Work
    • Shadow and accompany outreach workers as they provide support to people in campsites, at day centers, on the streets, and in housing
    • Assist outreach staff with outreach tasks like supply drop-offs, taking people to appointments, helping people obtain needed documents like IDs, birth certificates, and social security cards, etc.*
    • Attend OTN trainings and read relevant articles, as assigned
    • Serve as an Innkeeper at a Resource Shelter at least once a month. (This involves spending the night from 8pm-8am with other volunteers. Resource Shelters are held every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.)
    • Work with OTN’s Communications Coordinator to update the “Where To Turn In Nashville” resource guide
    • Attend at least one public meeting and/or public action
    • Write at least one blog post
  • Education and Volunteer
    • Help Education Coordinator improve the effectiveness of OTN’s education program by research, curriculum development and improvement, creating educational blogs and social media posts
    • Assist Education and Volunteer Coordinators with students groups and Urban Immersions
    • Assist with OTN trainings (often held Tuesday nights) by helping with set-up, sign-ins, live streaming, training feedback surveys, and clean-up  
    • Help update OTN’s fact sheet on homelessness and housing in Nashville on a quarterly basis
    • Assist with OTN’s Annual Fundraiser held in October
    • Help keep OTN’s donations room organized
    • Attend at least one public meeting and/or public action and write at least one blog post
    • Assist with other education, volunteering, and outreach tasks as assigned
  • Communications
    • Assist Communications Coordinator with writing and scheduling weekly social media posts and monthly newsletters.
    • Assist with OTN’s Annual Fundraiser.
    • Organize and maintain photo and video database.
    • Assist in writing and distributing press releases.
    • Update organization website using WordPress.
    • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
    • Assist Education and Volunteer Coordinators with students groups and Urban Immersions
  • Field Education Intern with Vanderbilt Divinity School
    • Shadow and accompany outreach workers as they provide support to people in campsites, at day centers, on the streets, and in housing + assist outreach staff with outreach tasks like supply drop-offs, taking people to appointments, etc.*
    • Assist with OTN events including “Movie Nights” with our friends who have moved into housing
    • Attend OTN trainings and read relevant articles, as assigned
    • Serve as an Innkeeper at a Resource Shelter at least once a semester. (This involves spending the night from 8pm-8am with other volunteers. Resource Shelters are held every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.)
    • Attend at least one Urban Immersion
    • Attend at least one public meeting and/or public action
    • Write at least one blog post

 

OVERVIEW

At Open Table Nashville, we accept interns for fall and spring semesters and over the summer. Our internship program is designed as a hands-on learning experience that fosters personal growth, leadership, professional skills, and a deeper understanding of how to break cycles of poverty and homelessness. Our interns not only have access to supervised, hands-on outreach experience, but they also have access to trainings, educational resources, and evidence-based practices in the field of homeless outreach. We gear our internships to the educational goals of each intern and provide a reflection component that fosters personal growth. While some of our interns choose to focus on homeless outreach or social work, others choose to focus on advocacy, policy, development, education, communications, or chaplaincy in an interfaith context.

Serving at OTN demands flexibility, patience, and an openness to give of yourself and receive from others without judgment. It also requires a willingness to work for personal and societal transformation. In all our work, we are called to practice hospitality and kindness. We are not here to simply provide services, but to share love, compassion, and community with our friends on the streets and to build a more just society.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions about this process, please email Lindsey.

TIME COMMITMENT

  • We ask interns to be able to work with us at least 10 hours a week and encourage people with less time to reach out to us about volunteer opportunities.
  • We offer summer, fall, or spring availability.
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INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

We are a small organization with limited internship positions. We prioritize interns who can meet these requirements:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Able to present at least one reference from a current or former supervisor, teacher, or mentor.
  • Passionate about going beyond models of service and charity toward models of justice where cycles of poverty are broken.
  • Be willing to intern without a stipend or to raise funding for your living expenses. If you have financial needs, let us know and we will support however we can.
  • Have specific personal, professional, and academic goals in mind.
  • At this point, we require interns to have a car. We will help with some gas expenses.

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