Making Summer Count


Sara Rutherford ‘07


There can be more to the summer than trips to the beach and computer games. Rhodes offers a wide variety of summer opportunities for students, from paid internships to volunteer work. If your student is interested in taking summer courses abroad, gaining real-life experience in the career world, or getting involved in service opportunities, there’s a summer program at Rhodes with his or her name on it.

Employment on Campus and in the Memphis Area

A summer job experience related to your student’s major or to his/her specific career goals can be extremely rewarding. A summer job can broaden students’ horizons and show them their own strengths. Internships and employment in the professional world will also help develop skills and knowledge that are attractive to future employers. There are a variety of job opportunities both on- and off-campus during the summer months. Here are just a few that might be of interest:
  • Paid and volunteer internships in Memphis at the Pink Palace Museum, MPACT Memphis, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Latino Memphis, At Home in Tennessee Magazine and FedEx, among many others.
  • Research positions and on-campus employment in most academic and administrative departments including psychology, international studies, biology, communications, admissions and the mail room.
  • Summer paint crew. This is a long-running tradition with Rhodes students and includes painting residence halls and administrative offices.

For more information on job opportunities, check out the Rhodes Career Services Web site or call (901) 843-3800.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Rhodes offers summer study abroad programs in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America with almost all academic disciplines being covered. Options include studying painting and music in Italy, international business in Belgium, theatre in Italy or India, service in Belize, globalization in China, and coral reef ecology in Honduras. There are also intensive language programs in France, Germany and Spain as well as Rhodes’ distinguished British Studies at Oxford program in which students can take seminars on a wide variety of topics, from literature to philosophy and religious history. For detailed descriptions of these programs and eligibility information, visit the Buckman Center for International Education Web site.

Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies

If your student is interested in the Mid-South region and would like to gain practical research experience, the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies is an opportunity not to be missed. A part of the Rhodes Center for Academic Research and Education through Service (CARES) program, the institute began in 2003 and offers undergraduates an opportunity to carry out specialized research on a topic of their choosing, mentored by faculty advisors. The program culminates in the creation of a research thesis that is eligible for publication in the annual RIRS Journal. Past fellows have had their work published in national scholarly journals and have presented their projects at academic colloquia. The Rhodes Regional Studies Web site has a list of past institute fellows and their projects.  

Summer Service Fellowships

Another branch of Rhodes CARES, the Summer Service Fellowship program offers students an opportunity to make a difference in the surrounding community. Fellows in the program participate in mentored programming and complete an intensive, nine-week service project which benefits the Memphis area. Past projects have included working on health service grants, event planning for the Gandhi Institute, programming at local women’s centers, and developing art and literacy workshops at area schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. Full project descriptions and application information can be found on the Summer Service Fellowship Web site. 

Orientation Staff Volunteer

Does your student have a positive attitude and love to help others? Does he or she  have summer plans already, but is interested in returning to Rhodes a little early? Then he/she should apply to be an Orientation Coordinator (OC) or Peer Assistant (PA). OC′s welcome incoming first year students, help them learn their way around campus and Memphis, and assist in planning new orientation programming. PA′s act as resources and role models for first-year students. Working in teams of two, they serve as co-mentors for a group of 20-25, planning activities and assisting new students in their transition from high school to college.

Summer Housing

Worried about where your student will live over the summer? Don’t be. Rhodes offers summer housing in select residence halls at a discounted fee. And, for those students who are involved in the Rhodes CARES programs or who are orientation volunteers, housing is free. For more information on summer housing, contact the Residence Life Office at (901) 843-3241.