Sociology/Anthropology Internships

Recent Internships Placements

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  • Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
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  • Virginia Baptist Children's Home
  • Roanoke College Center for Community Research

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, and formal paper. 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.

Wescott shares insights for incoming students

Wescott shares insights for incoming students

Imagine skiing in the Alps, getting stranded and having to build a snow cave for protection. Ben Wescott '09 had such an adventure and credits survival television shows and his time at Roanoke for saving him.

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