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.
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 best 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, 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.
- 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.
- When possible, we encourage interns to schedule full days they can work with us rather than just having a couple hours here and there. This makes scheduling much easier and deepens the internship experience.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- Be able to present at least one references from a current or former supervisor, teacher, or mentor.
- Be willing to work with people of diverse cultures toward a common goal.
- 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.
- Demonstrate a desire to go beyond models of service and charity toward models of justice where cycles of poverty are broken.
All interns are expected to be in alignment with and contribute to the mission of OTN and demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Cooperation with others when in a team environment.
- Willingness to follow OTN policies, safety guidelines, and procedures.
- Punctual and consistent attendance and good communication skills.
- Ability to perform light physical tasks (i.e. organizing supplies, walking the distance of a half mile or more).
- Basic ability to read and write in English.
- Basic computer skills.
- Openness to direction and constructive feedback from supervisors.