BA Sociology Internship Coordinators
Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017: Dr. Aurea Osgood (

How do I apply for an internship or field experience?

1. Read the Internship and Field Experience Handbook for the appropriate semester.

2. Complete the online survey - this will serve as your application to the internship.

3. Arrange a time to meet with the internship coordinator for your appropriate semester (see above) to discuss your internship plans.

4. When you have had your internship experience approved, you and your site supervisor should complete the Contract for Internship/Field Experience (PDF) and return the original signed forms to the appropriate internship coordinator (see above). Once these contracts are signed, you will be given a blue card for registration.

What is the value of an internship experience?

  • The internship or field experience in sociology will provide you with the practical experience and an opportunity to integrate and apply classroom skills and knowledge in a professional setting.
  • Internships and field experiences are meant to help you more easily transition from college classroom learning to professional employment.
  • The experience will give students a chance to try out skills and "try on" a career to see if it meets needs and expectations.
  • Through the internship or field experience you will continue your education, deepen your knowledge, add to and improve your skill set and enhance your understanding of the complexities of society, communities, agencies and private enterprises.
  • Each gives you the opportunity to (1) explore a particular field or occupation, (2) explore different roles and relationships within an organization, (3) apply and expand upon knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, (4) help an organization meet its goals, (5) develop professional relationships and (6) work toward obtaining professional employment.

    Where have students interned recently?

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Winona) - an organization that matches children with a caring mentor to share time and experiences so that the child becomes a confident and competent adult
    • Chaska Parks and Recreation Department (Chaska, MN) - part of the city government, providing leisure activities and programming
    • Crisis Connection (Minneapolis, MN) - a non-profit agency that provides 24-hour crisis counseling by phone or text
    • Elim Shores (Eden Prairie, MN) - an independent and assisted living community
    • Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center - SCY Center (Winona, MN) - a treatment center to serve youth
    • Mower County Senior Center (Austin, MN) - a non-profit organization for programming and activity
    • Project Footsteps (Minneapolis) - an organization designed to inspire and empower young people to be agents of social changes in their schools, communities, and organizations
    • Rainbird Foundation (Madison, WI) - a non-profit organization committed to the end of child abuse
    • Resource, Inc. (Minneapolis) - an organization helping people achieve their dreams by finding jobs or recovering from mental illness or chemical dependency
    • Saint Anne of Winona (Winona) - a non-profit healthcare organization, including adult day care and extended healthcare facilities
    • United Way (Winona, MN) - an organization to meet the needs of the community
    • Winona Area Public Schools - Social Work (Winona) - the public education district in Winona
    • Winona County CARE (Winona) - a jail re-entry program intended to reduce recidivism while protecting public safety
    • Women's Resource Center of Winona (Winona, MN) - an organization dedicated to creating a safer community by eliminating violence
    • 360 Communities (Burnsville, MN) - an organization that uses community engagement to positively shape the future of our communities