A New Neighbor's Belonging Begins with You

... increasing demand for a wider range of services has led to the diversification of NICE offerings.

Dr. Gatluak Ter ThachCEO

America has a legacy of welcoming newcomers. It’s important that we share our resources with the global community. We are one human family.

Max RykovAssociate Director of Development


We want to help match you with an opportunity that reflects your passions and experience.


Our internships invite students to join in our mission to empower clients through NICE’s program offerings.


The work of welcoming is anchored in an educated foundation about the resettlement experience.

Process of Becoming a Volunteer


Complete an online application

This allows us to get to know a little bit about you! After we review your application, we will invite you to attend orientation.

Attend a general volunteer orientation

An introduction to the NICE organization and an opportunity to put a face to the name.

Placement and training

We do our best to put you into a volunteer position you will love while providing training to make sure you feel comfortable in your new role.

Background check

This is a security precaution for the safety of our clients, NICE, and you!

Begin volunteering!

Now you’re ready to get out there and serve Nashville, all we ask is that you track your volunteer hours and report them back to us for our records.

Volunteer Opportunities

Welcoming our new neighbors takes a community, including you! We want to help match you with an opportunity that reflects your passions and experience.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at volunteer@empowernashville.org or call 615-315-9681

Adult English Education

Provide English language training for adult refugees and immigrants.


Help translate paperwork and communicate with our new neighbors.

Admin Support

Assist NICE staff with administrative tasks as needed.

Employment Assistance

Work with NICE clients to help them find employment.

Youth Education

Support students during after school programs.

Current Internship Opportunities

About Our Internships

As a fast growing organization with an extensive community network, NICE offers students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of global relations while exploring the possibility of future employment. Our competitive internship program invites participants to join in our mission to empower clients through education, employment, resettlement and social adjustment services.

Things to know:

  • Start/end dates are flexible and based on the responsibilities of each position
  • All volunteer positions are unpaid
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week 
  • Most internships are currently offering remote work only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adult Education

Adult Education Intern 

The Adult Education program supports English language learners as they  integrate into life in the US. Through programs like Citizenship Instruction, High  School Equivalency, and English literacy courses, the department helps to shape  the future for immigrants and refugees across Nashville. As an Adult Education Intern, you will gain valuable experience as you are trained to teach classes, implement curriculum, support teachers and volunteers, and contribute to administrative processes which support the overall program.

Youth Education

Youth Mentorship Program Intern

NICE’s community-based youth mentoring program is designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, long-standing relationships between adult role models and New American children ages 6 to 18. We seek to ensure every new American/Immigrant youth gets high-quality and comprehensive academic support that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to address the needs of refugee youth and young adults to promote their positive civic and social engagement.

Resettlement and Refugee Support Services

Refugee Resettlement and Placement Intern

The Resettlement & Placement (R&P) Department serves new arrivals to the
country in their first 90 days here, providing a variety of services to set a
family up for success in the US to the best of our ability. The R&P Intern will
assist the department in the preparation and implementation of services for
our new arrivals including but not limited to housing set-up, transportation
arrangements, critical appointments, and connecting clients to necessary

Refugee Benefits Intern

NICE’s Refugee Benefits program supports recently arrived refugees to be
able to effectively use and maintain benefits that they need to support their
families. Specifically, we focus on SNAP (also known as Food Stamps), TANF
(also known as Families First), and WIC. We especially focus on working with
refugee families with children.

Volunteer Relations

Volunteer Relations Intern

Volunteers are vital to the inner workings of all NICE’s departments including adult and youth education, resettlement, health, and employment. By recruiting, retaining, and properly training volunteers, the volunteer coordinating team impacts immigrants and refugees across Nashville. As a volunteer relations intern, you will gain valuable experience as you train incoming volunteers, streamline current volunteer recruitment and retention strategies, market our volunteer program, and contribute to administrative processes that make our organization effective.


Events Intern 

Do you like to plan events, attend parties, and organize?  Interns will gain experience in event planning, community relations, and fundraising.

Grant Writing Intern 

Do you have strong written communication skills and a desire to learn about how a non profit does what it does? INterns will work with NICE’s development staff on grant writing, community relations, and fundraising.