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Internships

BA Sociology Internship Coordinator: Dr. Aurea Osgood (AOsgood@winona.edu)

How do I apply for an internship or field experience?

  1. Arrange a meeting with the Internship Coordinator. To this meeting, bring your DARS and ideas for your internship.
  2. 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?

    Winona, MN
    • Cardinal of Minnesota - an organization serving Minnesota through residential and in-home support.
    • Habitat for Humanity Restore - a fundraising component of Habitat for Humanity selling new and gently used building materials.
    • Friendship Center - a City of Winona agency supporting "quality of life for older adults."
    • SEMCAC - a Community Action Agency serving Southeast Minnesota assisting people in achieving or maintaining their independence and self-reliance through their own and community resources.
    • Winona County Developmental Achievement Center - a day training and rehabilitation facility providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
    • Winona Park & Recreation - a part of the City of Winona, the Park & Recreation department manages Lake Lodge, the East Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center and many programs.
    • Women's Resource Center of Winona - an organization dedicated to "creating a safer community by eliminating sexual and domestic violence."
    Greater Winona (Rochester, La Crosse)
    • Ability Building Center (Rochester, MN) - an organization providing rehabilitation and employment services for persons with disabilities and other special needs.
    • The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection (La Crosse, WI) - a non-profit striving to "make the world a better place for LGBT people and their allies."
    • Wabasha County Social Services (Wabasha, MN) - in partnership with the federal, state, county and community agencies, this agency assists citizens whose resources are inadequate to meet their basic human needs.
    Twin Cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul)
    • The Bridge for Youth (Minneapolis, MN) - an organization dedicated to building bridges for youth from crisis to form connections.
    • Children's Home Society and Lutheran Social Services (St. Paul, MN) - an organization aimed at joining children with permanent families across the United States and supporting foster families.
    • Cornerstone Advocacy Services (Bloomington, MN) - an organization providing services to create safe communities for children and families by reducing the prevalence of violence.
    • Loaves and Fishes (Minneapolis, MN) - a nonprofit meal program serving 500,000 meals in the Twin Cities.
    • Second Harvest Heartland (St. Paul, MN) - a non-profit working to end hunger through community partnerships.
    • Trempealeau County Department of Corrections (Whitehall, WI) - the department is part of the county offices and focuses on probation and parole.
    • Volunteers of America at The Homestead at Maplewood (Maplewood, MN) - an assisted living facility focused on affordable housing and healthcare services for older adults.
    • Wilder Foundation (St. Paul, MN) - a nonprofit organization serving children, families and older adults in the Twin Cities through direct service, research, programs, leadership development and community building.
    • Yang for City Council (Minneapolis, MN) - Blong Yang is a Minneapolis City Councilman serving Ward 5 and the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council.