Looking to become an intern serving the homeless and disadvantaged for Rutherford County?

The Journey Home Internship Program is an unpaid, semester-long internship that offers university students the opportunity to explore the world of nonprofit work. The goal of the Internship Program is to link college coursework and theory with career responsibilities and expectations to help students visualize their future.

Founded in 2006, The Journey Home is a Christian ministry that serves the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County. The agency does this by meeting basic needs with day-to-day resources like meals and food staples, laundry and shower facilities, restrooms and hygiene products, clothing, communication resources (mail service, public phones, computer and internet access), and case management services including coaching and referrals through our outreach center.

The agency works to build relationships that encourage hope and strategies for moving in a new direction, reintegrating into mainstream community life through housing programs and service coordination including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, employment, parenting, household management, faith-building, and relational wellness to meet people at their point of need.

Below is a list of potential internships related to Business and Marketing:


Overview of duties

  • Support revenue-generation activities in major gifts, grants, direct mail and events.
  • Assist with daily needs related to thank you notes and donor communication
  • Assist with thank you notes and data entry in Sales Force Database
  • Assist in cultivating relationships with The Journey Home donors.
  • Help determine potential grants, sponsorships, and prospects.


Overview of duties

Community Partnerships has a concentration on getting faith-based organizations, civic groups, businesses, and organizations to partner with The Journey Home.

  • Help develop new partnerships with groups to host drives, or to volunteer, provide Spring Cleaning at the Outreach Center, etc.
  • Help plan outreach strategies to reach new audiences. This could be via social media posts, press releases, creating fun videos, etc.


Overview of duties

The Creative Content or ‘design’ intern is responsible for providing support for the marketing department through a variety of channels, print, digital, web, video and other as assigned. The creative intern will assist with the development and design of core creative processes to include guidelines, collateral event materials and a variety of other creative tasks as assigned. The creative intern may also be assigned various website updates utilizing WordPress.

The creative intern’s primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare images to coincide with social and blog posts.
  • Assist with website and blog updates via WordPress.
  • Assist with collateral updates and version control.
  • Creation and updates to various collateral.


Overview of duties

  • Assist with development of The Journey Home Branding Guidelines
  • Assist with the development of the newsletter – assisting with writing articles
  • Help develop and maintain communication calendar
  • Assist in writing stories illustrating client needs and outcomes
  • Strategize, create and deliver e-mail marketing campaigns
  • Assist in writing and distributing press releases
  • Write and distribute blog, as well as developing and maintaining a strategy
  • Help create content on website and social media platforms
  • Monitor and report analytics from website, social media platforms


  • Students must be currently enrolled rising juniors/seniors or previously graduated from an accredited university.
  • Interns are required to provide their own transportation.
  • Students must submit their letter of interest and resume to apply. A letter of support is preferred but not required.

Send your inquiry to Lisbeth Couser,

Thank you for your interest.