Every summer, Sewanee students travel around the globe to engage in challenging and skill-building internships. Behind each of these internships lies a valuable resource: the internship sponsor. It is not easy to be an internship sponsor because it requires time, energy, and wisdom. Yet every summer, Sewanee alumni, parents, and friends step up to offer internships to our students. Sewanee students are eager to learn and experience different career fields, so will you consider offering an internship at your organization or company this summer?
This past summer, international Sewanee student Flower Turcsan, C'17, was selected to serve as an intern with Sewanee parent and federal judge the Hon. Gregory Van Tatenhove in Frankfort, Kentucky. Because Flower was studying abroad in Jordan during the spring semester, she had trouble finding summer housing, even though she applied for and was granted internship funding. At a chance meeting in All Saints' Chapel during last spring’s School of Theology commencement, a Career & Leadership Development staff member sat next to Sewanee trustee Leslie Newman, C'78, an attorney in Henderson, Kentucky. After introducing themselves, Newman asked if there was anything she could do to help the Career & Leadership Development office. When she heard about Turcsan’s dilemma, she immediately emailed friends in Frankfort and asked them to consider housing her for the summer. Four offers were extended to Turcsan, and she eventually stayed with a family friend of Newman. Turcsan became so close to that family that they continue to send her cards and invite her to come stay with them for holidays and school breaks. And as for her internship, Turcsan reports that "interning with Judge Van Tatenhove and the District Court of Eastern Kentucky provided me with the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of the American federal court system and learn more about the justice system as a whole. I was fortunate to experience all stages of the judicial process from the indictment to the sentencing process. I am grateful for everyone who has helped me in this process and supported me throughout my internship! I am thankful for your kind support and hope to one day to help students in the same way!"
To read more about the transformational internships that Sewanee students have experienced, access their reports here. If you would like to also offer a summer internship, please either fill out this form or contact Melissa Webb at Career & Leadership Development at email@example.com.