Several Maryville College students are not having the typical summer job experience in the typical summer job environment, thanks to funding from the Summer Lilly Internship Program (SLIP).
Some interns have already boarded planes for service-learning opportunities in far-away places - a Ghanaian village, for example - but all are stretching their minds and strengthening their résumés in valuable experiences that put classroom learning to the test.
Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and a component of the College’s Initiative on Vocation, Summer Lilly Internships enable Maryville students to obtain first-hand experience in quality professional, nonprofit and corporate work settings.
The program is now in its eighth year at the College.
“With a highly competitive job market, internships are becoming increasingly more important,” said Lori Sliwa, director of placement at Maryville College’s Center of Calling and Career.
“The Summer Lilly Internship Program is designed to give students support in exploring their future lives and professions in relation to a sense of calling and required work,” Sliwa added. “Students do not have to possess a clear sense of what their calling or profession will be - this internship is specifically designed to allow students to investigate their interests and find a sense of direction.”
Selected students are required to serve in a fill-time internship for 10 weeks. The students are awarded a stipend and living expense allowance. Upon returning to campus the following fall semester, recipients participate in the Summer Lilly Internship Program Showcase, which is designed to share their internship experiences with the Maryville College community.
“In aligning with the goals of the SLIP, recipients are expected to engage in meaningful and concrete opportunities while exploring their sense of vocation and career interests while also continuing to discern their future vocational plans, explore their sense of vocation in the larger, global community and think about how core values and a sense of purpose relates to one’s choice of work,” said Sliwa.
The following students were selected for this year’s program:
Katherine Anderson, a rising senior and Sign Language Interpreting major, is interning at Sorenson Communications in New Mexico. Anderson will be mentored by Maryville College alumna, Leah Hutto Ekrut ‘01. She will work within a variety of community and educational settings and participate in ethics discussions with other interns and certified interpreters.
Anderson, a 2007 graduate of JP Taravella High School, is the daughter of Owen and Elizabeth Anderson of Coral Springs, Fla.
Ellison Berryhill is interning with RUNA in Ecuador. He will work with the international relations and law section of RUNA, an international organization dedicated to facilitating sustainable development and cultural preservation for indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ellison will research and help company development.
Ellison, a philosophy major and rising junior, is a 2008 graduate of Webb High School. He is the son of Doug and Carolyn Berryhill of Jefferson City, Tenn.
Erin Cawthorn is teaching English at the Bompata Presbyterian Junior Secondary School in Bompata, Ghana. She will also spend time with children outside of the classroom and stay with a Ghanian family, experiencing Ghanian food and customs.
Cawthorn, a 2008 Maryville High School graduate and rising junior at the College, is the daughter of Richard and Mary Cawthorn of Maryville, Tenn. She is majoring in international studies and Spanish.
Justin Kirkland, a rising junior and writing/communications and English major, is working as a marketing and public relations intern at the Clayton Center of the Arts, a new $47-million fine and performing arts facility located on the MC campus. The internship will involve creating media guides, updating the center’s web site and gaining greater exposure to the operations of the Clayton Center.
A 2008 South Doyle High School graduate, Kirkland is the son of Wendell and Betty Kirkland of Knoxville, Tenn.
Blythe Tyrone, a rising senior, will work in the administrative department of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Knoxville, Tenn. She will assist with property management, reception duties and office automation.
Tyrone, a writing/communications major, is a 2008 graduate of Klein High School. She is the daughter of Ronald and Pamela Tyone of Klein, Tex.
Jordan Sherrod, a rising senior and religion major, will intern at REACH of Macon County, a domestic violence and rape crisis center headquartered in Franklin, N.C. She will help manage the shelter and assist with court advocacy, grant writing and the intake of abused women.
Sherrod, a 2007 graduate of Roane County High School, is the daughter of Melanie Sherrod and late Rev. Marc Sherrod of Kingston, Tenn.