Internship Opportunities

We welcome interns of all ages and skillsets! Explore our internship opportunities at NFS below.

Servant Leader Internships

College-age young people and recent college graduates play a critical role in Nashville Freedom Schools as Servant Leader Interns, who teach our summer classes and mentor our scholars.

Servant Leader Interns offer front-line care, nurture and role modeling. Using our Integrated Reading Curriculum, Servant Leader Interns facilitate classroom learning, chaperone field trips and other special events, and serve as ambassadors for Freedom Schools.

SLIs earn a stipend of $2,900 for the summer and attend national training with 2,000 interns assigned to Freedom Schools across the United States.  At each site, interns are supervised by a Site Coordinator and the Project Director.

To become a Servant Leader Intern, candidates must be between 19 and 20 years old and have completed one full year of a four-year college or university. Further, qualified candidates must:

Keep Good Grades

Servant leaders must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average

Communicate Well

Servant leaders must display impeccable verbal and written skills

Be Registered to Vote

Servant leader interns must be registered to vote

Be Compassionate

Servant leader interns must demonstrate a solid commitment to advocacy for children and families living in poverty

Applications are available in late February of each year. For more information, send us an inquiry below.

Junior Internships

Beginning in 2017, Nashville Freedom Schools joined with West End United Methodist Church to create a paid internship for teens in grades 9-12. This summer experience is specially geared to at-risk teens who need job training, experience in working well with a work team, and who value education.

Named “The West End United Methodist Church Internship at Nashville Freedom Schools,” this initiative offers selected teens a stipend and on-the-job training at our summer Freedom Schools. The internship is open to teens who reside the 37207 or 37209 ZIP Codes AND who demonstrate financial need.

Junior Interns help serve meals and clean up, support classroom teachers, help scholars deal with behavior challenges, and even lead activities based on their areas of interest. (2017 Junior Intern Mykaia Brown, a lifelong dancer and majorette at her high school, taught scholars a dance routine, which they performed at our closing celebration.)

Recruitment for SLIs begins in February each year. Find out more information, email us here:

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