Parents & Student Supporters,

Hello and welcome to news about the Southern Hospitality Internship Program (SHIP). Sevier County, Tennessee is an extremely popular tourist area located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the U.S.).


SHIP interns first arrived in Sevier County for our first pilot semester, in the summer of 2020. Since that time, we have hosted students from over 30 states across the country.

Although SHIP was created as a bridge between the student and their college or university, we recognize the importance of a ‘connecting path’ with parents and other family members or friends, who provide their student with support.

Each semester, SHIP’s Orientation Session is typically scheduled on the first day of each semester. Your student will be asked to enter SHIP’s contact phone numbers in their phone. In this way we will be able to “keep in touch” throughout the semester and “communicate” important information.

We understand that you may have concerns when your student is away from home. In response to your interest and questions, this section of our website was developed especially for you, to provide information that will be helpful and comforting to know.

Thank you for your support and sharing your student with us.

Barbara Joines
SHIP Director


Sevier County Sheriff’s Department

106 W Bruce St, Sevierville, TN 37862

City of Gatlinburg Police Department

1230 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

City of Pigeon Forge Police Department

3225 Rena St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

City of Sevierville Police Department

300 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, TN 37862


AFC Urgent Care - Sevierville

713 Winfield Dunn Pkwy #9, Sevierville, TN 37876

Closest Urgent Care from:
Smokies Housing: 2.1 Miles
Smoky Mountain Student Lodge: 1.4 Miles
IRH in Pigeon Forge: 8.7 Miles

Well-Key Urgent Care - Sevierville

1787 Veterans Blvd, Sevierville, TN 37862

Urgent Care of the Smokies

1015 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

LeConte Medical Center

742 Middle Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862

Grocery Stores

Publix - Pigeon Forge*

2656 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Closest Grocery Store from:
Smokies Housing: 2 Miles
Smoky Mountain Student Lodge: 2.2 Miles
IRH in Pigeon Forge: 5.8 Miles

Kroger - Sevierville*

702 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

Publix - Sevierville*

750 Winfield Dunn Pkwy Ste 100, Sevierville, TN 37876

Food City - Pigeon Forge*

3064 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Kroger - Pigeon Forge*

220 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Food City - Sevierville*

741 Dolly Parton Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37864

Food City - Gatlinburg

1219 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

*Has Pharmacy


Publix Pharmacy - Pigeon Forge

(865) 774-2034
2656 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Closest Pharmacy from:
Smokies Housing: 2.0 Miles
Smoky Mountain Student Lodge: 0.9 Miles
IRH in Pigeon Forge: 5.8 Miles

CVS - Pigeon Forge

(865) 429-6410
2415 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

CVS - Sevierville

(865) 453-4175
718 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

Walgreens - Sevierville

(865) 908-8755
119 Forks of the River Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37862

Walgreens - Pigeon Forge

(865) 429-7127

3071 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Walgreens - Gatlinburg

(865) 436-5505

811 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Smoky Mountain Pharmacy

(865) 774-1355

958 Dolly Parton Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37862

Preferred Pharmacy

(865) 366-1770

1024 Middle Creek Rd #1, Sevierville, TN 37862

Walmart Pharmacy

(865) 429-6009

1414 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862


We know you probably have plenty of questions regarding our program, and we’re here to provide you with answers to all of them!

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Things to Do

Sevier County is home to countless activities, from theme parks and adventure parks to dinner shows and shops. Your student will never be bored!

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Where to Stay

The Smoky Mountain area has plenty of great lodging options, from family-owned hotels to popular resorts. These places provide a home away from home!

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Places to Eat

Hunger is never a problem in Sevier County! There are restaurants to suit every diet and every budget. From pancakes to fried chicken, you can enjoy it all.

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