Roanoke College

Sociology/Anthropology Internships


Recent Internships Placements

  • Allegheny Hospice
  • American Red Cross 
  • Amherst Social Services 
  • Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 
  • Bethany Hall
  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare
  • Botetourt County Sheriff's Office
  • Bradley Free Clinic
  • Camp Easter Seals
  • Carilion Rehabilitation Center
  • Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital-Oncology
  • Child Health Investment Partnership Children Services of Virginia, Inc.
  • Children's Youth and Family Services
  • Circle of Friends for American Veterans
  • City of Salem Court Services
  • City of Salem Police Department
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • Conflict Resolution Center
  • Cranwell International Center
  • DC Rape Crisis Center
  • Deckelbaum, Ogevis, and Raftery Law Firm
  • Department of Juvenile Justice 23A Court Service Unit Roanoke City
  • Department of Juvenile Justice 23 Court Service Unit Roanoke County
  • Essex County Correctional Facility Family Preservation Services
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation-Roanoke Office
  • Goochland Family YMCA
  • Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley
  • Haiti Institute Mixte Shalom des Freres 
  • Hope Tree Family Services
  • Intersections International
  • Janson & Koppenheffer Law Firm
  • Kids TLC
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Lutheran Social Services of Virginia
  • Maryland State Police 
  • Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Monroe County's Sheriffs' Department
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • New Jersey Governor's Policy Office
  • Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge
  • REACH Inc.
  • Refugee and Immigration Services
  • Richfield Retirement Community
  • Roanoke City Sheriff's Department
  • Roanoke Community Garden Association
  • Roanoke County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
  • Roanoke County Juvenile & Domestics
  • Roanoke County Parks and Recreation
  • Roanoke County Police Department
  • Roanoke County Social Services
  • Roanoke County Victim/Witness Assist. Program
  • Roanoke Drop-In Center
  • Roanoke Valley CASA
  • Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Home
  • Rockbridge County Department of Social Services
  • Salem Head Start
  • Salem Health Department
  • Sanctuary Crisis Intervention Center
  • Snyder Nursing Home
  • Special Olympics, New York
  • Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies
  • Still Standing Outreach Ministries
  • Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure
  • Talbot Hospice Foundation
  • The Turning Point
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Urban Promise
  • Vinton Health Department
  • Virginia Amateur Sports, Inc.
  • Virginia Baptist Children's Home
  • Virginia Baptist Hospital 
  • Virginia Department of Corrections
  • Virginia State Police
  • WDBJ - Channel 7 News  

Community Internship (SOC 416):

Community Internship (SOC 416) in sociology is designed to provide students with actual work experience in a community setting and an opportunity to work directly with people involved in the agency, service, or organization. The student should gain insight into the structure, responsibilities and routines of the setting, the work of the staff, and the background and needs of the clients.

The student may benefit in at least the following three ways: (a) gaining actual work experience as a means of enhancing theories and concepts learned in the classroom; (b) testing personal satisfaction with a particular type of work; and (c) making contacts that may help in securing future employment.

The community setting should benefit by gaining a reliable and hard-working volunteer who can help meet the needs of the operation.

Specific requirements for the Community Internship are:

1. is classified as a second-semester junior or as a senior.
2. has completed successfully a minimum of 3 sociology courses.
3. has a minimum GPA of 2.5 in sociology or special permission.
4. has submitted a formal proposal of goals and plans (applications are available from any sociology faculty member).

Sociology Internship Application Forms

Anthropology Internship Application & Information

Submission of the internship application to the faculty supervisor and final arrangements with the organization should be made no later than 1 week prior to the start of the semester.

Specific requirements for completing the Community Internship include an approved application, the completion of a minimum of 120 hours covering at least 10 weeks in fall or spring semester (8 weeks during summer semester), regular meetings with faculty sponsor, a satisfactory evaluation from the site supervisor, journal of activities, formal paper, and a presentation of findings to a college audience. Full course credit (on a pass-fail basis) is granted for the Internship.

Most internships that are completed for course credit are not paid. Many internships related to sociology are likely to be with nonprofit, social service or government agencies that either have a policy of unpaid internships or simply cannot afford the expense. There are rare exceptions where students are able to secure a paid internship that will provide a meaningful academic experience. See the Sociology Internship Application and Description for details on the requirements and guidelines for the formal petition to be submitted with the application at the time of submission.

Internship Paper

The student intern must submit a formal paper that includes a case study of the internship site including its:

  1. History and development
  2. organizational goals
  3. structure and resources
  4. role of the organization in the community
  5. nature of clients
  6. nature of staff
  7. personal evaluation of the organization

The final section of the paper should be an application of sociological theory and/or concepts to the internship experience. For example, one could apply Goffman's total institution to a nursing home or correctional facility or utilize the bureaucracy literature to analyze a college development office.