Past Internship Locations

Below is a list organizations where sociology majors have held internships in the past. Please keep in mind that some of this information (contacts, phone numbers, etc.) may be out of date.


Children's Services

Boys and Girls Club

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 361-3081
  • Website: www.bgc-salem.org/jobs/internships_with_the_boys_and_girls_club.htm
  • Activities: interact with children, teach, plan activities, coordinate basketball games and youth football activities.
  • Internship Positions: Public Relations and Marketing Intern, Volunteer Coordinator Intern, Youth Development Intern, and Teen Court Intern.

Girls Scouts: Santiam Council

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-2451
  • Activities: CHOICE group leader, assisting on prepping for camping trips, rewriting camp handbook, recruiting counselors, working with girls and leaders, and Beyond Bars (open to men or women).

Mother Oak's Child

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 763-2324
  • Activities: working with grieving children, developing own work and focus, working with experts in the field.
  • Start training in September

Oregon Youth Authority

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 981-9531
  • Activities: mentor and provide cultural support to the Native youth.

Salem YWCA: Homeless Advocate

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-9925
  • Activities: managing cases, identifying needs of people, transporting people to shelter, and attending community meetings.

Stand for Children

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 580-7397
  • Activities: research to improve school districts; lunch programs, facilitate/attend meetings, prepare/coach witnesses before school board, help plan rally, phone calls and meetings with legislators, submit press releases

Educational Services

Brother's and Sister's Program: Waldo Middle School

  • Year of last internship: 2000
  • Phone Number: (503) 391-4199
  • Activities: observing different aspects of the school; working independently; starting and implementing own programs

Bush Elementary

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3134
  • Activities: work with/observe students, teachers and counselors, grade papers, and help prepare lessons

Early College High School

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 365-4805
  • Activities: mentoring individual students; participate in after school programs; travel to different middle schools in the district; aid in recruiting prospective students; offer aid to other staff when needed

Friends of the Children

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 577-7213
  • Activities: public relations/fundraising; assisting directors; writing newsletter; observing/shadowing; attending team meetings.

Head Start

  • Yearof last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (503) 580-9490
  • Activities: help children develop social skills; engage children in academic activities such as science, art, pre-math and pre-reading; supervise free play and outdoor play  

North Salem High School

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3241
  • Activities: assist in coaching practices and competitions.

McKinley Elementary School

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone number: (503) 399-3167
  • Activities: assist individual and small groups of students during reading and writing instructional time; read stories to class and target a learning outcome; grade assignments and assist with other classroom tasks including filing and assembling materials; interact with students

Parrish Middle School

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone number: (503) 399-3210
  • Activities: Tutor, mentor and teach around 50 students who are participating in the wrestling program; hold daily staff meetings to discuss the productivity of the students' behavior within the classroom; coach wrestling team during specified practice hours and attend scheduled home and away wrestling matches; work with coaches to collect and organize paper work that is necessary for students to participate in an athletic activity at Parrish.

Richmond Elementary School

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3180
  • Activities: work with children, observe/assist classes, participate/facilitate lunch groups, perform problem solving, paperwork, and make phone calls.

Salem Family Literacy Program: Baker School

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3130
  • Activities: training on the INEA computer program; track students' progress; help students problem solve;
    motivate students and assist wtih any technology issues that might arise

Salem Public Library: Children's Department

  • Year of last internship: 1998
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-6030
  • Activities: working with children and parents.

South Salem High School

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3252
  • Activities: observe and interact as assistant instructor.

South Salem High School: Japanese Teacher

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone number: (503) 364-0749
  • Activities: joining in on classes, observing students; working with teachers.

Teen Parent Program and Learning for a Lifetime: Barbara Roberts High School

  • Year of last internship: 1999
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-3105
  • Activities: having hands on experience with teens and their children or working as bilingual aid in ESL; shadowing AFS workers.

Willamette Academy

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 370-6536
  • Activities: inventory and organize previous assessment data; research indicators of success in college for high school students outside of traditional academic scores; incorporate research findings and academy's existing data into a plan for ongoing program evaluation; develop and design new instrument of evaluation.

Willamette University: Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 370-6265
  • Activities: independent research about the range of language and definitions used in strategic objective numbers (diversity, social justice, etc...); interviewing Campus Life Directors and assessing the information in order to develop measurable goals.

Family Services

Family Building Blocks

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone number: (503) 566-2132
  • Activities: Ride the bus dropping children off at home; assist in the Therapeutic Classroom (interacting with children, providing a stable environment, helping teachers); attend drug court, parenting classes, board meetings and fundraising events.

Community Action Agency

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Website: www.mwvcaa.org
  • Phone Number: (503) 585-6232
  • Areas of service: Child Care Information Services; Lifespan Respite Care Network; Community Action Drug Prevention Network; Community Action Head Start; Community Resource Program; Energy Services Program; Home Youth and Resource Center; Nutrition First.

Salem Alliance Church

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-2129
  • Areas of service: weekly meeting with Steve to reflect on previous week and set goals, activities for next week; participate in ministry team monthly meetings and weekly outreach team meetings; work with and assist various programs at church (i.e. homeless program); mid-February and on, participate as member of "creative team" and the production of sat/sun services; participate in prayer groups/personal growth and spiritual development times with steve.

St. Vincent de Paul-Center for Family Success

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (503) 871-0149
  • Activities: attending drug court; interview participants; tracking/logging data; meetings with participants (check-in), case management; observing participants; one-on-one time with Director (education/training)

Willamette Family Medical Center

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 585-6388
  • Areas of service: They provide medical services primarily to the uninsured and Latino/a populations in Salem. They would be very interested in having an intern who might want to get some event planning experience. They could also use intern support in other areas of the center as well.

Governmental Services

City of Salem Dept of Community Services

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-6261
  • Activities: assist with preparation of incoming National softball tournaments; updating team paperwork and referee quick facts; assit with scheduling of ballfields for little leagues; assist with spring youth soccer prep.

Congress Woman Darlene Hooley

  • Phone Number: (503) 581-6956 (Travis Brouwer)
  • Website: www.house.gov/hooley/internship.htm
  • Activities: performing office activities and general congressional staff work.
  • Internships also available in Washington, D.C., (202) 225-5711 or West Linn, OR, (503) 557-1324.

Governor's Office

  • Phone Number: (503) 378-4582
  • Website: www.governor.state.or.us/Gov/internships.shtml
  • Activities: interns will serve as staff members alongside professionals who are experts in the fields of Public Policy, Communications, Legislation, and/or Scheduling and Constituent Services.
  • Internship Positions: Media Clips Intern, Communications Department. Track, collect and file newspaper clips of interest to the governor's office. Workforce and Revenue Policy Internships, Office of Education. Assist in working with the office staff and education, workforce, and revenue stakeholders to better assure that information is exchanged and follow up takes place.

Linn County District Attorney's Office- Laura Moller

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (541) 967-3805
  • Activities: work within Victim Services; provide timely, knowledgeable, supportive services to victims of crime; send disposition letters to victims; initiate contact with victims either by phone or in person; accompany victims to court hearings and trials; advise victims of court dates and provide case status information; make community/social service referrals when necessary; complete statistical reports about the services provided to victims and the number of hours worked; work under the direct supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator.

Marion County District Attorney's Office - Victim Assistance Division

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-3571
  • Activities: attend court proceedings, become familiar with legal documents, observe jury selection process, perform general office procedures, use the Oregon Revised Statutes, perform trial prep and assist on trials.

Oregon Superintendent of Education

  • Phone Number: (503) 378-3569
  • Website: www.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/internship
  • Internships Available in: Community Relations, Oregon School for the Blind, Oregon School for the Deaf, Policy and Research, Public Relations, Finance and Accounting, Communications/Media and Superintendent's Office.

Health Services

Marion County Health Department

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 361-2681; (503) 361-2659
    Phone Number: (503) 585-4911 (Mission Transition)
  • Activities: The HIV Prevention Program's Injection Drug User (IDU) Program provides HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Hepatitis Prevention services to individuals in the community.
  • Mission Transition-help with mentoring program; expose clients to college life and shadow staff.

Oregon Health Plan: Policy and Research

  • Year of last internship: 2000
  • Phone Number: (503) 378-2422
  • Activities: choosing from a lot of different projects; researching; learning about Medicaid; learning about research tactics, professional writing, politics

Oregon State Hospital

  • Phone Number: (503) 945-2967
  • Website: www.pnwatra.org/internship/oregonstatehospital.htm
  • Activities: working with individuals with mental illnesses in adolescent, adult, forensic and geriatric programs.
  • Internship Positions: Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy and Physical Therapy.

Signature Hospice

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (971) 224-2509 ext. 2031 (Michele Fuchs)
  • Website: www.signaturehospice.com
  • Activities: doing hands-on work with patients and families; interacting with staff; providing respite care
  • Internship Positions: Respite Care, Bereavement Support, Office Volunteer, Fund Raising, Speakers Bureau, and Special Events.

Willamette Valley Hospice

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-3600
  • Website: www.wvh.org/volunteers.html
  • Activities: doing hands-on work with patients and families; interacting with staff; providing respite care
  • Internship Positions: Respite Care, Bereavement Support, Office Volunteer, Fund Raising, Speakers Bureau, and Special Events.
  • Train in the fall for a spring internship

Human Rights Services

Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission

  • Year of last internship: 1999
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-6261
  • Activities: learning about various parts of government; researching; writing letters, agendas, memos, etc.; calling various organizations; planning and participating in HRRAC meetings, meetings with police, etc.; serving as liaison

Oregon Peace Works

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 371-8002
  • Activities: getting involved in peace and environmental activities; helping with projects

Justice Department

Victim's Assistance Program

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-0887, (503) 588-5253
  • Activities: being in charge of your own cases; learning about criminal justice system; working with district attorneys, helping victims and survivors

Juvenile Justice Services

Hillcrest Juvenile Correctional Facility

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 986-0440
  • Activities: teaching in classes; learning about correctional facilities and teaching; conducting research projects

Marion County Juvenile Department

  • Year of last internship: 2006
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-5314
  • Activities: following cases-learn case planning and management, progress notes, treatment planning; meeting with youth; presenting in court hearings; more observing than doing (ie.medication distribution, daily activity on living unit, dining room, line movements, and recreation activities)

Marion County Juvenile Department: Detention Center

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-5411
  • Activities: working with troubled youth; exploring aspects of Detention Center as well as the Oregon Youth Authority

Youth Impact, JEM

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 584-4803
  • Activities: primarily case management and community outreach; screening of volunteers: criminal history checks, driving checks, reference checks; screening of youth: attend youth and parent interviews and enter case data into MentorPro; Match support: data entry of mentor reports into MentorPro, identifying activity resources, assistance with activity coordination, notification of upcoming events/activities; Community Outreach: Identify specific implementation steps for the already drafted "Youth Impact Communications Plan 2009" specifically as the plan applies to families and youth.

Miscellaneous

Dowsr

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (646) 719-1443
  • Activities: interviews-conduct two interviews with leading social changemakers; blog-write four 500 word blogs based on Dowsr interviews; editing-edit five Dowsr interviews for brevity and clarity; website-frontload content to Dowsr website; experiment with new content types for site: digital timeline, charts and surveys.

Eden Rose Brown - Law Office

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-1800
  • Activities: observe associates, clerical/administrative projects, attend client meetings, meet with attorney

Farmworker Housing Development Corporation

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (503) 302-6549
  • Activities: Education Program for adults and children such as recycling and literacy, after school recreation and computer technologies.

John L. Scott Real Estate

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 399-0089
  • Activities: process loans, qualify buyers, go to closings, various property management responsibilities, observe real estate broker responsibilities

KATU Internships

Medallions Cabinetry

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 838-4004
  • Activities include: filing; answering phones; entering payroll; passing out checks; safety supplies; personal protective equipment and helping out with safety meetings. Assisting with safety inspection audit. Help with activities, safety committee and materials safety data sheet.

Mt. Hood Meadows Marketing & Sales Office

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone NumberL (503) 659-1256 ext. 1190
  • Activities include: create an intercept survey designed to reveal the social networking habits of customers. Do SNS influence a customer's decision to ski/snowboard? How so? What other hobbies/passions do customers follow through SNS? What are the social network marketing strategies of other resorts and how might MHM adopt them?

PCUN & CAUSA

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 269-5694 (Francisco Lopez- CAUSA); (503) 560-6517 (Marlen Torres-PCUN)
  • Activities include: working with the supervisors toward projects for May 1st march; working on own projects; attending and helping with community events.

Pure Romance

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (541) 990-9952
  • Activities include: helping set-up and take down parties; working with database; inputting customer base and processing orders.

Soka Gakkai International-USA

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 367-9606
  • Activities include: participate in district discussion meetings, study meetins, youth activities, and planning meetings; learn basics of practice and participate in chanting and gongyo; various administrative tasks; Gajokai Activity.

Spooner and Much, P.C.

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 378-7777
  • Activities include: reception/secretarial work (training permitting);inner office activity observation (ICC, deposition, etc.)

Suzanne's Bridal Gallery

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 363-2161
  • Activities: customer service; answer phones, assist customers, distribute merchandise (merchandise control)

Public Relations

Van Natta Public Relations

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 585-8254 Van Natta Public Relations
    Phone Number: (971) 285-7744 Pringle Creek Community
  • Public Relations Activities: create, edit and assemble proposals to new and existing clients; create, edit and distribute press releases and other materials to media. Plan and attend special events, conferences and meetings. Research competing companies, analyze budgets and perform fundraising.
  • Pringle Creek Activities: work with local partners and volunteers to create a successful garden Program; outreach to visitors and garden volunteers; oversee and direct garden duties including: irrigation, weeding, maintenance, planting, harvesting and rotation.

Social Services

Arbor Education & Training

  • Year of last internship: 2009
  • Phone Number: (503) 990-8304
  • Internship position: Resource Specialist Intern: work with youth (17-21) and more importantly making a difference in our community, and participate in an internship with a nationwide company. Arbor is expanding and this could potentially turn into a job.
  • Website: www.arboret.com

The ARCHES Project

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number (503) 399-9080
  • Activities: conduct intakes, provide referrals and support services to clients, teach a life skills class every week, and assist with case management, learn about community resources for the homeless by visiting sites

Family Head Start

  • Year of last internship: 1999
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-1142
  • Activities: recruiting and enrolling new Head Start sites; working with outside agencies; teaching high needs children

Healthy Start

  • Year of last internship: 2000
  • Phone Number: (503) 362-3138
  • Activities: shadowing family case workers; doing own case work; preparing information packets for parents

H.O.M.E. Youth Resource Center

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (503) 391-6428
  • Activities: establish relationships with the kids as a positive, non-judgemental role model/mentor; to assist as needed in every day operations; help at desk- answering phones, making records;

Northwest Human Services: HOST Program

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-5825
  • Activities: working in a homeless and runaway shelter; getting to know at-risk youth; answering phones; doing intakes; supporting the staff

Salem Housing Authority

  • Year of last internship: 2007
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-6453
  • Activities: general office work, assisting with grants/statistical research

Services to Children and Families

  • Year of last internship: 2001
  • Phone Number: (503) 378-6800
  • Activities: working with case workers; going to court, counseling offices, meetings, clients' homes
  • Contact early to set up a program

Shangri-La Corporation

  • Year of last internship: 2003
  • Phone Number: (503) 581-1762
  • Activities: attending employment and alternative day programs; understanding services to people with developmental disabilities; interviewing and meeting with organizational leaders to understand development and management

Youth Development and Prevention

  • Year of last internship: 2008
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-6261
  • Activities: research other middle school after school programs across the state/country; evaluate data from current program; look at ways to improve current evaluation practices and data collection; assist with reports and publications as time allows; assist with grant writing and fundraising as appropriate.

Women's Services

Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service

  • Year of last internship: 2010
  • Phone Number: (503) 378-1572
  • Activities: attend domestic violence awareness training, answer hotline calls, interview staff members, intake and observe clients, perform research for MVWCS
  • Must go through training before you can work with clients

Salem Outreach Shelter

  • Year of last internship: 2005
  • Phone Number: (503) 588-8898
  • Activities: review and analyze case files and develop assessment tools for various programs