Philanthropy Internship

The Philanthropy Internship is an innovative partnership between The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) and the University of the South. This unique experience offers current sophomores and juniors the opportunity to learn about community-based philanthropy firsthand.

The SCCF serves the tri-county plateau area to increase philanthropy and build capacity at nonprofits. Philanthropy Interns learn about the field of philanthropy and gain valuable grant-making skills through the program.

What will interns do?

  • Attend workshops and shadow the SCCF's grants committee.
  • Meet and interact with nonprofit leaders in our community.
  • Learn about the grant-making process, the history of philanthropy in the U.S., and its effects on institutions and society.
  • Develop methods to assess and evaluate proposals from local organizations.
  • Lead a grant cycle, allocating real money to area organizations.

What will interns gain?

  • Top-level job experience with local nonprofit organizations.
  • Practical grant-making know-how.
  • New frameworks to challenge assumptions about giving.
  • Time to network with like-minded peers and experts.
  • Professional development not offered in general curricular or co-curricular programs.

Thanks to funds provided by a generous donor, the 2017 Philanthropy Interns distributed a total of $28,306 in grants to seven of the SCCF's partner organizations.