Each semester and throughout the summer, we host college interns who help us tremendously in our day to day operations. This semester, we’re happy to introduce you to our four interns that will be helping out in the office, the gardens, construction sites, and with volunteer teams. 

Tanner Thompson is a senior at Samford University studying Finance. Tanner is a Brock Scholar at Samford’s Business School and a Micah Fellow, a service-oriented honors program. This is Tanner’s sixth and last semester interning with us as part of his service-learning requirement for the Micah Fellows program. Throughout his tenure at CSM, Tanner has worn many hats but has mostly focused on the operations and marketing side of things. Tanner says his favorite part  of interning at CSM is “getting to know and learn from the CSM staff! It has been an incredible experience, and I have been grateful to see CSM create change across the city over the last three years!”

Braydon Schick is a sophomore at Auburn University studying Agriculture Business/Supply Chain Management. Due to his classes being online, Braydon is able to spend this semester interning with us. He will be focusing much of his time on helping Allie in the gardens. Braydon said his favorite thing about interning here is “getting to harvest food from the greenhouse as well as working with volunteers on the food line.”

Morgan McGehee is a sophomore at Samford University studying Nutrition and Dietetics. This is Morgan’s second semester interning at CSM as part of her service-learning placement for the Micah Fellow Program at Samford. Like Braydon, she works closely with Allie in the gardens and with one of our partner organizations, Grace’s Kitchen. Morgan loves interning at CSM because it “is a wonderful opportunity for me to connect the things I’m learning in class with the real world. I am able to see the process of plants growing in the garden and then being used for meals through Grace’s Kitchen. It is such a cool experience to see seedlings I plant turn into usable produce that feeds and fuels others!”

Rylen Smith is a senior at Samford University studying Management & Marketing with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Rylen focuses her efforts on volunteer management and also helps our communications team. This is Rylen’s second semester interning with us, and she loves getting to know and work with our amazing volunteers. “I love getting to work with volunteers from all walks of life. It is such a rewarding experience getting to know them personally and hear about how CSM has impacted their life,” she said.

We’re grateful for the amount of effort each of our interns devotes to their work to benefit CSM and the Birmingham community. We know how important education is to fighting and overcoming poverty, which is why we believe an internship experience like this, with students learning from our work and our partner churches and organizations’ work, is so beneficial. We couldn’t do what we do without these students! If you or someone you know is interested in a summer or fall internship, emails info@csmisssion.org for more information.