Internship Opportunities

The department of Sociology and Anthropology strongly encourages you, as a major and/or minor, to gain experience working in at least one internship before completing your college degree. Internships:

  • Provide a great way to improve your resume, and in many cases
  • Obtain college credit for your work at the same time.

In addition to job training, an internship:

  • Gives you a sense of the type of work you are interested in pursuing after leaving school,
  • A network of contacts in your field, as well as
  • Professional references.

On this site we provide a list of employers in the region that our faculty work with, in one capacity or another. Once you have identified the internship that interests you:

  • DO contact the faculty member connected with the organization before trying to secure a position.
  • DO keep the following in mind:

    • In many cases you will not have the title “Intern”.
    • Some organizations provide paid internships, however
    • Most organizations offer unpaid or volunteer opportunities.
  • DO view these opportunities as:

    • Learning experiences
    • A great way to gain skills 
    • A way to connect with others in your field
  • DON’T view them as a source of income.

A number of classes can be utilized to obtain credit for your internship experiences. For example:

  • SOC 499, Internship in Applied Sociology provides one (1) credit hour for every 45 clocked hours on the job. Only three hours of credit can be applied to the major. Similarly:
  • ANT 499, Internship in Anthropology, may provide up to six (6) hours of class credit.

The list provided below is not exhaustive; you may find any number of other opportunities to intern in the community. Contact your advisor for assistance in your search, or call the Sociology and Anthropology Department Office at 417-836-5640. 

OrganizationDescriptionsWebsiteFaculty Connections

Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield

To enhance the quality of life for youth as participating members of a richly diverse society with special concern for the disadvantaged

http://www.bgclubspringfield.org/

cdodson@bgclubspringfield.org

David Rohall

Burrell Behavioral Health

Private, not for profit organization that provides a wide range of mental health services for individuals and families, business and industry, and educational programs for community and professional groups

http://www.burrellcenter.com/

David Rohall

Child Advocacy Center

Provides services for children who have been victims of abuse

https://www.childadvocacycenter.org/

David Rohall

City of Springfield and other local agencies

Various agencies dealing with community needs including community and neighborhood programs

http://www.springfieldmo.gov/

John Harms,

Tim Knapp,

Christina Ryder

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Trains volunteers to represent the interests of victims of child abuse and neglect

http://www.casaswmo.org/

David Rohall

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Provides basic disaster preparedness and response training to the public

http://greenecountyoem.org/cert

David Rohall

Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO)

To enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership

http://cfozarks.org/

John Harms,

Tim Knapp

 

Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO)

To facilitate and promote the building of resilient children, healthy families, and strong neighborhoods & communities

http://www.commpartnership.org/

http://www.commpartnership.org/about-us/internship-opportunities/

Internship opportunity areas include: Social Work, Early Childhood and Family Development, Affordable Housing, Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention, Fundraising/Development, and Communications/Marketing/Media.

John Harms,

Tim Knapp

 

Developmental Center of the Ozarks

Serves infants, children, and adults, who have developmental or physical disabilities, or developmental delays – as well as those who do not – through therapies, education, and habilitative programs

https://www.dcoonline.com/

David Rohall

Doula Foundation

To be a source of emotional care, advocacy, and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood

http://doulafoundation.org/

Christina Ryder

D.R.E.A.M.

Mission is to expand opportunities for youth and families by providing positive role models, invaluable life experiences and ongoing support and assistance

http://joindream.org/

Tim Knapp

Christina Ryder

George Washington Carver National Monument

Museum and public education experience

http://www.nps.gov/gwca/index.htm

Liz Sobel

Good Shepherd Hospice

Unique care program designed to meet the special needs of terminally ill patients and their families in their homes or in their long term care facilities

http://goodshepherdhospice.com/

David Rohall

The Grantwell LLC

To provide non-profit social service groups (including faith-based, community-based, and grassroot groups) with quality and affordable grant support, grant writing, and grant training

https://www.thegrantwell.com/

Christina Ryder

Greene County Juvenile Office

Provide prevention, intervention and protection services to children, families and the community, while promoting collaborative partnerships with private and public entities in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Greene County

http://greenecountymo.org/juvenile/

Internship opportunities include: GEM’s (Girls Empowering Minds & Spirits), Delinquency Unit, Detention Center, Abuse/Neglect Unit, Evening Reporting Center (ERC), and Probation Unit.

*application deadline for Spring 2016 Internships on November 1, 2015

David Rohall

Harmony House

To provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence

https://www.myharmonyhouse.org/

David Rohall

Help At Home, Inc Supporting individuals with disabilities living in the community, attaining independence, and achieving personal goals

 http://www.helpathome.com/ 

David Rohall

Help Give Hope

To assist needy families, children in particular, in Southwest Missouri

http://helpgivehope.org/

David Rohall

Kingdom House

Works with youths, teens, adults, and elderly populations in St. Louis Missouri; great summer internship opportunity!

http://www.kingdomhouse.org/

email Katie Smith at ksmith@kingdomhouse.org for more information

David Rohall

The Kitchen, Inc

To prevent and end homelessness in the communities we serve by providing housing and stabilizing services

http://www.thekitcheninc.org/

Katie Hoegeman,

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to active citizen participation in democracy

http://lwvswmo.org/go/

David Rohall

Malheur National Forest

Archaeological and cultural resource management experience

http://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur

Liz Sobel

Mark Twain National Forest

Archaeological and cultural resource management experience

http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf

Liz Sobel

Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations

Works to promote understanding and respect among all citizens and provides the community recourse for discriminatory acts. Over the past several years, students have conducted original research in housing and ex-offender issues

http://www.springfieldmo.gov/805/Mayors-Comsn-on-Human-Rights-and-Comm-Re

Christina Ryder

Minorities in Business

To promote economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs

http://www.mibspringfieldmo.org/

Lyle Foster

Missouri Archaeology Society

A nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to educational and charitable purposes

http://associations.missouristate.edu/mas/

Bill Meadows

Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division

Services for children

http://dss.mo.gov/cd/

David Rohall

Missouri Public Health Association

Identification of public health needs and problems and improve health of Missourians

http://www.mopha.org

Suzanne Walker-Pacheco

NAACP

Actively engaged with and sought out by business and community leaders to participate in the economic, social, and cultural growth within the community

http://naacpspringfieldmo.org/

Lyle Foster

O’Reilly Auto Parts

With their corporate offices in Springfield, they provide internship experiences for qualified students in the area

https://corporate.oreillyauto.com/

onlineapplication/careerpage/corp

David Rohall

Osage and Chinook Nations

Osage and Chinook Nations have own government system with various agencies including museums and other service opportunities for students

https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/

http://www.chinooknation.org/

Liz Sobel

Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council

To promote the development of a sustainable, local food system providing healthy food to all individuals of Southwest Missouri

http://ozarksregionalfpc.org/

John Harms

Rare Breed

Offers free and confidential services to youth ages 13 through 20 who need help; homeless youth shelter (part of the Kitchen, Inc)

http://www.thekitcheninc.org/rare-breed-youth-services.html

Tim Knapp,

 

The Salvation Army

Offers many social services and community programs to local residents in addition to disaster relief work

https://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo

David Rohall

Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

Promotes tourism in the area

http://www.springfieldmo.org/

Lyle Foster

Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management

*see also CERT

Strives to be a national model of best practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery against high-impact events to reduce loss of life, damage to property and harm to the environment

http://greenecountyoem.org/cms/

David Rohall

Springfield-Greene County Public Health Department

Public health encompasses a variety of functions and services that protect the health of the community and help citizens live longer, healthier, happier lives

http://health.springfieldmo.gov/

David Rohall

Springfield Regional Arts Council

To transform lives and enrich the community through the arts

http://www.springfieldarts.org/

Lyle Foster

Urban Districts Alliance

Supports development of downtown Springfield

http://www.itsalldowntown.com/

Lyle Foster

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Archaeological and culture resource management experiences

http://www.fws.gov/

Liz Sobel

The Victim Center

Provides multiple services to any victim of a violent or sexual crime

http://www.thevictimcenter.org/

David Rohall

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

To sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region's watersheds

http://watershedcommittee.org/

David Rohall