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 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.
- We ask interns to be able to work with us at least 15 hours a week and encourage people with less time to reach out to us about volunteer opportunities.
- We prioritize interns who can schedule full business days with us rather than just having a couple hours here and there. This makes scheduling much easier and deepens the internship experience.
- As a small organization, we are only able to take on a few interns at a time so this is a competitive process.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- Be able to present at least one reference 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.
- We prioritize interns that are passionate about going beyond models of service and charity toward models of justice where cycles of poverty are broken.
- We value diversity and also prioritize interns who are coming with 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.
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.
Open Table Nashville participates in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The mission of AmeriCorps VISTA is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that has been working to alleviate poverty in America since 1965. The program’s nationwide corps of VISTA members serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members recruit and manage community volunteers, raise funds, and help manage projects. VISTA members support programs that improve academic performance, expand job opportunities, develop financial assets, reduce homelessness, and improve health services. They also support programs that increase housing opportunities, increase economic opportunities for low-income veterans and military families, and expand access to technology for those living in rural and urban areas of poverty across America.
Since its inception, more than 200,000 individuals have served with AmeriCorps VISTA. Annually, more than 8,000 members made a difference at over 3,000 sites across the country. AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit AmeriCorps.gov/VISTA.