Internship Opportunities

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology academic internship program provides supervised hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate sociology and anthropology majors and minors. On this site we provide a list of employers in the region that our faculty work with, in one capacity or another.

Internships provide structured on and off-campus internship and research experiences under the guidance of a faculty mentor and an intern supervisor. The internship program is designed to help students develop knowledge and work skills through practical experience and facilitate networking opportunities. Internships provide a great way to improve your resume while obtaining college credit for your work. In addition to job training, students can gain first-hand knowledge about social justice and advocacy work on topics such as domestic violence, homelessness, child poverty, community gardens, etc. in the Springfield area. Students are expected to contribute to the day-today work at the organization. In addition, possible internship activities include:

  • Project management
  • Program evaluation
  • Training activities
  • Grant-writing
  • Applied statistics using SPSS and/or Excel
  • Qualitative coding using ATLAS.ti or NVivo
  • Conducting interviews and/or focus groups
  • Transcribing interview data
  • Report-writing
  • Presentations to City Council

Finding an internship

SOC 499, Internship in Applied Sociology provides one 1 credit hour for every 35 clocked hours on the job. Only three hours of credit can be applied to the major. SOC 499 is offered every fall and spring semester. Academic credit is based on the student's performance during the internship, monthly meetings, and a final presentation.

ANT 499, Internship in Anthropology, may provide up to six (6) hours of class credit.

A list of our community partners is posted below. Once you have reviewed possible placement sites, please send an email outlining your interests, along with a copy of your professional resume to Dr. Laura Hart.

Becoming a community partner

All organizations (for-profits, non-profits, government) interested in providing internship opportunities and lending their valuable time to mentor a student intern, please contact Dr. Laura Hart for more information.

Review student internship presentations

Community partners

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.

Organization Description/mission statement
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
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
Child Advocacy Center Provides services for children who have been victims of abuse
City of Springfield and other local agencies Various agencies dealing with community needs including community and neighborhood programs
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Trains volunteers to represent the interests of victims of child abuse and neglect
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Provides basic disaster preparedness and response training to the public
Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) To enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership
Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO)

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

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

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
Doula Foundation To be a source of emotional care, advocacy, and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood
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
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Federal Sector Social Science Research Internship offers internships to students related to the mission of ensuring justice and equity in the workplace.

Applications accepted on rolling basis; positions usually start in January or May.

Dr. Morgan Walls-Dines, Assistant Director.

George Washington Carver National Monument Museum and public education experience
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
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
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

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

Harmony House To provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence
Help At Home, Inc Supporting individuals with disabilities living in the community, attaining independence, and achieving personal goals
Help Give Hope To assist needy families, children in particular, in Southwest Missouri
Kingdom House

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

Katie Smith

The Kitchen, Inc To prevent and end homelessness in the communities we serve by providing housing and stabilizing services
League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to active citizen participation in democracy
Malheur National Forest Archaeological and cultural resource management experience
Mark Twain National Forest Archaeological and cultural resource management experience
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
Minorities in Business To promote economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacity-building for minority businesses and entrepreneurs
Missouri Archaeology Society A nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to educational and charitable purposes
Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division Services for children
Missouri Public Health Association Identification of public health needs and problems and improve health of Missourians
NAACP Actively engaged with and sought out by business and community leaders to participate in the economic, social, and cultural growth within the community
O’Reilly Auto Parts With their corporate offices in Springfield, they provide internship experiences for qualified students in the area
Osage and Chinook Nations Osage and Chinook Nations have own government system with various agencies including museums and other service opportunities for students
Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council To promote the development of a sustainable, local food system providing healthy food to all individuals of Southwest Missouri
Rare Breed Offers free and confidential services to youth ages 13 through 20 who need help; homeless youth shelter (part of the Kitchen, Inc)
The Salvation Army Offers many social services and community programs to local residents in addition to disaster relief work
Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Promotes tourism in the area
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management

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

*see also Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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
Springfield Regional Arts Council To transform lives and enrich the community through the arts
Urban Districts Alliance Supports development of downtown Springfield
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Archaeological and culture resource management experiences
The Victim Center Provides multiple services to any victim of a violent or sexual crime
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