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UT students are passionate about making a positive impact on society through their careers. More than 55 percent of undergraduate students say they want a career that allows them to be dedicated to a cause or feel they are serving the greater good.

The Center for Career Development offers an Impact Internship grant designed to assist students in unpaid or low-stipend internships while developing necessary professional experiences for careers in fields such as civic engagement and public policy, economic impact and business development, community and international development, education access and achievement, health access and awareness, and environmental sustainability.

“The grant allowed me to defeat the greatest obstacle in furthering my experience and education in northern Uganda for the summer of 2015—the funds to get there. The grant paid a huge portion of the total expense of the journey, which has expanded my passions and options for my future in the field of social work,” said Kirsten Fox, a student studying social work and Africana studies who participated in the Acholi Education Initiative in Gulu, Uganda.

Since the grant’s inception three years ago, the center has awarded 15 grants to students in five different academic colleges, 12 different majors, and a range of internship locations.

This year, the grant has been awarded to nine students:

  • Elgin Akin, junior in microbiology from Cordova, Tennessee
    Discover Life in America conversation internship in Gatlinburg
  • Kieran Barrett, sophomore in sociology from Brentwood, Tennessee
    No Exceptions Prison Collective internship in Knoxville
  • Joshua Brown, senior in the College Scholars Program from Corryton, Tennessee
    Biden Foundation LGBTQ policy internship in Washington, DC
  • Alexandra House, junior in sociology from Hendersonville, Tennessee
    Jean Crowe Advocacy Center internship in Nashville
  • Jade Lesher, sophomore in environmental and soil science from Oak Ridge, Tennessee
    Beardsley Community Farm internship in Knoxville
  • Alexandra Nussbaumer, sophomore in nutrition from Knoxville
    School for International Training public health study abroad internship in New Dehli, India
  • Corinne Schnadelbach, sophomore in social work from Memphis
    AESCO study abroad nonprofit internship in Valencia, Spain
  • Olivia Tumlin, sophomore in language and world business from Johnson City, Tennessee
    Nourish Knoxville internship in Knoxville
  • Sophia Vazquez, junior in sociology from Charles Town, West Virginia
    Fundacion Adsis study abroad nonprofit internship in Barcelona, Spain


Katherine Saxon (865-974-8365,