Nutrition Internship

The Nutrition Intern would be used to conduct research on nutrition screening tools for older adults, food insecurity solutions, as well as consult on the Restaurant Tool Kit the TCAD will be creating in order to help small business nutrition sites comply with RDI requirements for meals.

Law Internship

About Us

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1963. The Commission is the designated state agency on aging and is mandated to provide leadership relative to aging issues on behalf of older persons in the state.


Our Mission

Our mission is to bring together and leverage programs, resources, and organizations to protect and ensure the quality of life and independence of older Tennesseans and adults with disabilities.


Internship Description

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability invites law students who will have completed at least their first year to apply for internship opportunities with the Commission General Counsel. The internship experience will provide students with an opportunity to gain substantive legal experience in the areas of federal and state government administrative law, elder law, contract law, governmental oversight, fair housing and civil rights compliance, labor and employment law, and health care compliance. This internship will experience a wide variety of legal issues, including drafting pleadings negotiating contracts, legal interpretations, and presentation on issues important to Tennesseans as they age.



  • Conduct legal and other research using subscription database services and public sources
  • Draft memoranda on various legal issues impacting the Agency’s execution of its statutory mandatePrepare reports for the Commission’s General Counsel and Executive Director based on review of materials
  • Collect and analyze financial and non-financial information; and
  • Perform other duties and special projects as needed.


Contact Shannon Jones, Aging Program Administrator HR & QA, 615-741-7703,, if interested. Provide a copy of your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter.

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SHIP Internship

About Us

Tennessee SHIP began in 1992 and since has grown from a one-topic consumer counseling program to one that covers a multitude of topics and issues.  Topics typically addressed are on Medicare and Medicaid (TennCare in Tennessee), Medigap, enrollment in Medicare prescription drug plans, (Part D), and the accompanying Low-Income Subsidy, finding help with the cost of prescription drugs during coverage gaps and access to drugs not covered under Part D, Medicare Advantage options, information and referral on public benefit programs, employer and retiree health insurance options for those with Medicare and VA benefits and other military health insurance for those with Medicare.  TN SHIP may not endorse any insurance company, agency, agent, or plan—to the extent that we are prohibited from making even the appearance of an endorsement.  Whereas, other entities offering education or assistance regarding Medicare are most often motivated by potential sales, the SHIP’s goal is solely to help consumers make informed decisions to pick the option that best fits their needs and to avoid plans which may be costly—possibly financially damaging. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to provided free and objective one-on-one counseling, information distribution and assistance to people with Medicare, potential Medicare consumers, their families and other advocates by community-based, grassroots network of local SHIP offices via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs and media activities in the state of Tennessee.


Internship Description

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability invites students who will have to apply for internship opportunities with the Tennessee SHIP program. The internship experience will provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into a statewide aging program, Medicare and Medicaid, insurance plan comparisons, cost outcomes, health care compliance, and customer service. Students will spend time at the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability working directly and remotely with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) staff being trained to assist Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare prescription drug plan comparisons and providing medication management. This is a great opportunity to learn more about assisting older adults and those with disabilities utilizing their Medicare drug coverage.



Including, but not limited to:

  • Developing your own presentation for older adults and giving that presentation at different locations. (Ex. Drug Management, Fall Prevention, Opioids)
  • Complete required SHIP Certification Training
  • Complete Certification Exam
  • Familiarize yourself with a Medicare/ Annual Enrollment Period presentation.
  • Complete comparisons on PDP Worksheets Received from beneficiaries
  • Be trained to enter your events into our data system.
  • Putting together the Annual Enrollment Period Mail outs.
  • Attend health fairs, trainings, meetings if available.
  • Develop one post for our social media platforms per week.
  • Be trained to track the statewide SHIP cost outcomes/savings for the latest data available.
  • Develop a list of resources (ex. Drug assistance, financial assistance, referrals) to share with your university to add to their website’s resource list.


Contact Lori Galbreath, Aging Program Director – TN SHIP, 615-532-8994, or Shannon Jones, Aging Program Administrator HR & QA, 615-741-7703,, if interested. Provide a copy of your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter.

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TN Person Centered Music Program Internship

The Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program (TPCMP) offers residents at participating Tennessee nursing homes personalized music as part of their care. The program is funded by a three-year Civil Monetary Penalty Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the Tennessee Department of Health from February 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The award will fund 147 nursing homes and 2,205 residents throughout Tennessee.


TPCMP Internship

Assist in the coordination and implementation of TPCMP in Tennessee. This internship will report to Shelley Hale of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability but will work in conjunction with the project coordinators for TPCMP.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist TPCMP Project Coordinators with coordination and implementation of this program including but not excluding the following:
  • Scheduling appointment with the patient’s family members/ caregiver to fill out the music preference questionnaire
  • Complete music preference questionnaire for the patient
  • Creating playlist of 30 songs from information provided by the music preference questionnaire
  • Assist with virtual music screening sessions
  • Assemble the finalized playlist that includes only songs from the screening sessions that have elicited positive responses for the patient (approximately 30 songs)
  • Transfer the finalized playlist to the patient’s SD card
  • Label the SD cards and headphones to the corresponding patient upon final playlist completion


Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the distribution and collection of vital pre-and post-test survey information from nursing homes
  • Input survey information into data base
  • Aggregate data on a quarterly basis for sharing with the Advisory Council and CMS reporting
  • Assist in resolving technical issues for program
  • Attend Quarterly Advisory Council meetings (virtually)



  • Students and/or recent graduates with Bachelor of Arts or Science in Marketing/Communications, Aging Studies/Gerontology, Music, and/or Health Sciences; nursing home or volunteer management experience a plus.
  • Ability to work remotely.


Position Duration:



Salary is set at $20/hour.


The TPCMP internship is in the office with music sessions being remote.

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