INTERNSHIPS: Sociology, Public Health Studies, and Anthropology

Internship (SOCI/PHST/ANTH 416):

An internship (SOCI/PHST/ANTH 416) 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: (1) gaining actual work experience as a means of enhancing theories and concepts learned in the classroom; (2) testing personal satisfaction with a particular type of work; and (3) 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 a SOCI/PHST/ANTH internship are:

1. Is classified as a junior or a senior
2. Has completed successfully a minimum of 3 courses in the program in which the student will be registered for internship credit (SOCI, PHST, or ANTH)
3. Has a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the program in which the student will be registered for internship credit, or special permission
4. Has submitted all required forms for internship registration to Dr. Rapp (applications are available online and from Dr. Rapp)

SOCI, PHST, ANTH Internship Application Forms

SOCI, PHST, ANTH Learning Agreement Form (Site Supervisor)

SOCI, PHST, ANTH Learning Agreement Form (Student)

Submission of the internship forms to Dr. Rapp (, Office: 303 Trout Hall) and final arrangements with the organization should be made no later than one week prior to the start of the semester.

Please contact the Internship Coordinator Dr. Rapp ( for more information.

Examples of Internship Sites

See Dr. Rapp for a list of additional agencies and organizations. 

    Blue Ridge Literacy

    Blue Ridge Literacy

    Bradley Free Clinic

    bradley free clinic

    Carilion Clinic

    carilion clinic

    Children’s Trust

    children's trust

    City of Salem Police Department

    salem pd

    Feeding America SW Virginia

    feeding america

    Habitat for Humanity of Roanoke Valley

    habitat for humanity

    HopeTree Family Services

    hope tree

    Lewis Gale Hospital

    lewis gale

    Planned Parenthood of Blue Ridge

    planned parenthood


    Roanoke County Department of Social Services

    Roanoke Refugee Partnership


    Salem Food Pantry

    food pantry

    Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Roanoke


    Total Action for Progress (TAP)


    West End Center

    west end center