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 may be out of date.


Causa Oregon

  • Year of last internship:  2019
  • Phone:  (503) 409-2473,  (503) 488-0259 (Cristina Marquez)
  • Email: causa@causaoregon.org 
  • Website:  https://causaoregon.org
  • Activities: 
    • Work under the direct supervision of the Civic Engagement Director; engage Latinx voters and volunteers using community organizing skills; reach out to local community organizations (schools, churches, organizations, businesses) to coordinate canvassing/tabling and educational presentations; lead canvassing/tabling and phone banking events to recruit volunteers; train volunteers to lead events; conduct educational presentations to community organizations; track field work on the database. For this internship, being bilingual in English and Spanish will be useful and recommended.

Center for Hope & Safety

  • Year of last internship: 2019
  • Phone: (503) 378-1572
  • Email: hope@hopeandsafety.org
  • Website: www.hopeandsafety.org
  • Activities:
    • 24/7 Crisis Hotline on call phone operator. Received advocacy training, which discussed topics such as oppression and cultural competence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking, trauma effects, secondary trauma, language ethics and boundaries, crisis line intervention, suicide intervention, safety planning, resources and CHS protocol. Assisted clients with information and resources, submitted client personal information into database. Organized community donations. Shadowed staff call and in-person meetings with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Special projects: Created a guide for staff and volunteer advocates on the specific dynamics on same sex intimate partner violence and the barriers that arise for survivors to access resources. Constructed a series of twelve monthly educational emails. (Must be a certified advocate before becoming an intern)

Mano a Mano Family Center

  • Year of Last Internship: 2019
  • Phone: (503) 363-1895
  • Email: info@manoamanofc.org or maria@manoamanofc.org 
  • Activities: 
    • Assist administration in daily data entry; help preparing food boxes at the organization’s food bank; provide front desk help when needed; assist in translating documents (if intern has the capabilities to do so); work directly with the Family Wellness Program Director in developing manuals, trainings, and other documents; assist in creating citizenship course curriculum; Special project was to co-instruct both the English and Spanish citizenship course that the organization offers for a total of 10 weeks. After the 10 weeks, I presented my recommendations to the Family Wellness Program Director and other co-instructors on how to make the citizenship course more effective for all students, especially the women of color enrolled in the course. 
    • Submitted daily data entry, assembled food boxed at organization’s food bank, front desk receptionist, translated documents (if you are able to do so). Developed manuals, trainings and other documents for Family Wellness Program Director. Special projects: assist in creating and co-instructing citizenship course curriculum for 10 weeks. Once completed, recommendations is presented to the Family Wellness Program Director and other faculty. Discussed the effectiveness of the course curriculum and accessibility for all students, especially women of color who were enrolled in the course.

Oregon Child Development Coalition (Hayesville)

  • Year of last internship: 2019
  • Phone: (503) 485-0899
  • Email: info@ocdc.net 
  • Website:http://www.ocdc.net/
  • Activities: 
    • Pre-school setting. Collaborate with teachers and teacher assistants with cleaning the classroom, materials and other tasks. Organized a field trip, read books, interacted and encouraged communication with students.  Researched effective methods of childhood education and anti-bias education. This is a very on-hand internship as you will be in contact with teachers, faculty and especially the students.

Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health 

  • Year of Last Internship: 2019
  • Phone: (971) 599-1674 
  • Email: curator@oshmuseum.org (email of curator Megan Lallier-Barron)
  • Website: https://oshmuseum.org/ 
  • Activities: 
    • Catalog museum donations and notes. Most of this work related to helping the museum conduct research to make an exhibit on women’s experiences in the hospital. Digitized biennial reports from the early years of the hospital. Collect data on women’s commitments to the hospital, like reasons for commitments, or numbers of women committed every year, searched Oregon State Archives and took notes of female patient admission log books, individual female patient files from the opening of the hospital (late 19th century). Read various local digitized newspapers from the early 20th century looking for reports on women's commitment to the State Hospital. 

RJOC (Racial Justice Organizing Committee)

  • Year of last internship: 2019
  • Phone: N/A
  • Email: proyectopoderoregon@gmail.com (Jan Montes is the co-chair of RJOC/main contact)
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150645702008503/ 
  • Activities: 
    • Conduct qualitative data via interviews and field notes. Participate in bi-monthly membership meetings and organized educational events for members. Network with racial justice activist organizations/groups in Salem. Create an anti-racist syllabus. Prepare written report of findings from individual research. The special project was to interview RJOC members and affiliates to study the efficacy in their racial allyship methods via conducting qualitative interview, as well as developing a racial justice-oriented syllabus for the organization based upon findings from research. 

Salem Free Clinics

  • Year of last internship:  2019
  • Phone Number:  (503) 990-8772, ext 7
  • Email:  leah@salemfreeclinics.org
  • Website:  http://salemfreeclinics.org
  • Activities:  
    • Assist patients with their appointments by checking them in and providing information about the clinic. Answer and schedule future appointments. Help physicians during their appointments and created patient charts. Co-planned and set up an annual event. Research community resources that are available to patients. Assemble patient navigator packets with information requested by the patients and mail them out.

Tokyo International University of America

  • Year of last internship: 2019 
  • Phone: Sarah Shinn (503) 477-2125 or TIUA front desk (503) 373-3300
  • Email: campuslife-asp@willamette.edu or Sarah Shinn sshinn@willamette.edu
  • Website: http://www.tiua.edu/
  • Activities: 
    • Attend trainings with International Peer Coaches, and also RA training and possibly College Life Orientations. Need to be available and support ASP arrival week, and in general help out at events and fairs. There are weekly meeting with your supervisor to check in on progress. Reached out to Willamette University groups and offices. Responsible for participant tracking, accountability and write reports based on data. The special project was to coordinate large scale opportunities for ASP students, then collected feedback from both ASP students and domestic students about the new program and wrote a report.

ASPIRE

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone Number: (541) 687-7400
  • Email: contactus@aspireoregon.org 
  • Website: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/aspire.aspx
  • Activities: 
    • Students have interned at South Salem High School, Roberts High School and North Salem high school
    • High school program, that is available at many schools, which works to aid students in college and career search, financial aid, scholarships, jobs, etc. As a mentor you will guide students to explore their goals and other opportunities. College, jobs or alternatives schools (nail tech, beauty school, etc) could be fitting for the student. It is important to communicate to students about their options. You may also do office and clerical work.

Family Building Blocks: Helen’s Place

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 798-4744
  • Email: cstricklin@familybuildingblocks.org
  • Website:  https://www.familybuildingblocks.org/ 
  • Activities: 
    • Family building blocks is a certified relief nursery that provides programs for children ages 0 to 3 and their families experiencing more than the average amount of stress in their lives. Some of the children may be affected by poverty, trauma, abuse or experiencing homelessness. The organization provides home visits for parent education and therapeutic classrooms for children. Work for this internship may include working in the classroom to assist teachers with setting up the classroom, cleaning, playing with the children and promoting the safe and healthy development of the children. Interns may also work with enrollment services to call families on the waitlist. In addition, this internship site requires interns to ride the bus with children in the morning, attend a volunteer training and one of the monthly staff meetings. This internship serves students interested in early child care or child welfare. 

Office of Governor Kate Brown Constituent Services 

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Email: Natalie.King@Oregon.gov 
  • Website: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/internship.aspx 
  • Activities: 
    • Office setting. Document any voicemails, messages and mail left by constituents. Monthly meeting with supervisor about updates on projects, which are dependent on the office needs. Assign documented voicemail and mails to correct constituent service staff.

One Thousand Soles - City of Salem, Youth Development

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 540-2321 
  • Email: tat@cityofsalem.net 
  • Website: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/collect-shoes-for-salem-youth.aspx 
  • Activities: 
    • Duties vary by week, depending on the event being coordinated at the time, including but not limited to: general office work like data entry and sending mass-communication emails; assisting in running the kickoff training event for the Shoe Battle of the Schools; leading shoe cleaning service events; organizing and attending other service events as they come up.

Oregon Youth Authority

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 373-7205
  • Website: http://www.oregon.gov/oya/Pages/index.aspx
  • Activities:
    • Marion county office setting. Shadowed a parole officer and learn about their daily activities, consult with youth who are inside and outside the juvenile correctional facility about their progress. Advocate for youth to be provided with more learning opportunities and rewards for their good behavior. Observe and participate in staff meetings, parole-youth meetings, and attend court hearings. The special project was to develop a resource forum for the Latino/a/x community in the Salem/Keizer area.

Salem Multicultural Institute and World Beat Festival

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 581-2004
  • Email: info@salemmulticultural.org 
  • Website: https://www.salemmulticultural.org/
  • Activities: 
    • Concisely format survey data. Prepare an analytical written report on the archived data for SMI marketing team. Collaborate with staff to coordinate fundraising events. Attend meetings with staff and/or planning meetings with community organizations. Scout any potential performers and vendors for the upcoming festival. The special project was to write a program assessment document with feedback data from participants, performers, and volunteers. Use data to analyze the effectiveness of the organization in meeting its goals and to evaluate the organization’s explicit objectives

WVP Medical Weight Management Clinic

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 363-6520
  • Website: http://salemweightmanagement.org/
  • Activities: 
    • Work directly with a Licensed Clinical Social worker. Assist in the set up of orientation meetings, development and maintenance of informational patient resources such as websites and video libraries. Collaborate with a registered dietician to research new scientific findings regarding nutritional value of various food items. Create, edit and research materials for nutritional and behavioral classes. The special project was to provide research on the benefits of internet-based behavioral resources then present on the application and implementation in the clinic.

HOME Youth and Resource Center

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 391-6428
  • Email: Brian.Rogers@mwvcaa.org
  • Website: http://www.mwvcaa.org/HYRC/HYRC_home.html
  • Activities: 
    • Work and develop meaningful ongoing friendships with houseless and at-risk youth. Participate in events with youth such as games, puzzles, conversation, community service work, etc. At the front desk, collect data from youth, answer and take messages from phone calls. Oversee the main room of roughly 10-30 youth who are between the ages of 11-18. Practice conflict management and the rule enforcement. Help with daily tasks such as meals, cleaning, laundry, etc. Participate in the Youth Empowerment Program trips. There are also opportunities for intern-initiated projects such as planning the end-of-year dance, doing a clothing/supply drive, and so on. 

Marion County District Attorneys’ Office: Victim Assistance

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: 503-588-5253
  • Email: DAVA@co.marion.or.us
  • Website: http://www.co.marion.or.us/DA/victimassistance/Pages/default.aspx
  • Victim Advocate Intern Summer 2017- Present  Marion County District Attorney's Office: Victim Assistance Division  Salem OR
  •  Activities:
    • As a Victim Advocate, you will provide emotional support for victims of crime who are navigating the criminal justice system. In addition communicate court dates, update victims on the case and expedite meetings between victims and District Attorney. Informed and referred victims to resources in the community such as the Center for Hope and Safety, Northwest Human services and Habitat for Humanity. Assisted victims in filling out Crime Victims Compensation Program forms for medical and counseling aid. Special project was to work and assist Spanish speaking victims, and ensure outreach was done for Spanish speaking victims.

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone Number: 503-370-6195
  • Activities: 
    • Work under the Vice President of  EDI. Create documents and plan events. Develop a better understanding of the role of the VP on campus. The special project was assisting with logistical planning aspects of new student-led events and programs on campus for students of color and with marginalized identities

YMCA

  • Year of Internship: 2018
  • Phone: 
    • Salem: 503 399-2382
    • Monmouth/Independence: 503 838 4042
  • Website:
  • Activities: (There are two main locations: Salem and Monmouth/Independence)
    • Work in the Sports Coordination section. Coordinate youth sports programs such as basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball and track & field. Responsibilities will include creating a schedule for facility rental, organizations and tournament. You may help in the hiring process for volunteers and referees therefore you will develop a better understanding by coaching a team and being a referee. You will help in advertising the YMCA’s youth sport program to the Salem Keizer School District. The special project was to pursue exterior funding through grant research and application to provide better resources for the youth sports teams of smaller facilities (special project completed at Monmouth/Independence).

Capital Community Television 

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 588-2288
  • Email: megan@cctvsalem.org
  • Website: www.cctvsalem.org
  • Activities: 
    • Gain skills in video production, editing, community media through hands-on experience in a studio. Participate and assist in the mobile video unit. Assist is community facilitation and work with numerous community studio productions regarding lighting, audio, and editing. The special project was to create an original media product from the pre-production, production, to post-production

Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: 503 363-8130
  • Email: https://skcequality.org/contactus/ or apalazzo@skcequality.org 
  • Website: http://skcequality.org/
  • Activities: 
    • Type 1: Work with a team of Latinx parents and community members to design materials and facilitate educational programs. Organize data into excel for the program's final reports about attendance, test scores, parent's level of education, etc.. Evaluate the effectiveness of the programs based on final reports. Communicate with Spanish-speaking parents in person about the organization's values and services. Participate in staff and board meetings. The special project was to study second-generation Latinx student experiences and provide feedback on how to improve academic opportunities.
    • Type 2: Work under the director of the program. Collaborate with other organizations such as ECOnorthwest to sharpen data collection systems. The special project was to enhance data collection system, collect and analyze survey data for fundraising. Improve evaluation methods surveys for non-profit to obtain necessary information. Scheduled meetings to communicate, discuss and address community needs.

Monmouth / Independence Family YMCA

  • Year of Internship: 2018
  • Phone: 503 838-4042
  • Website:https://theyonline.org/locations/monmouth-independence-family-ymca/
  • Activities: Worked within the Sports Coordination Section; providing support and event planning for youth sports; creating community involvement through supplying fliers and community notices for upcoming activities; coaching youth sports teams like t-ball, basketball, and flag football; also reffing all of these sporting events for the youth; worked within the branches office(s) in Salem and Monmouth/Independence; worked under direct supervision with Branch Manager for Independence/ Monmouth and Sports Coordinator of Salem. Special project was to pursue exterior funding through grant research and application to provide better resources for the youth sports teams of the smaller towns facility.

Community Garden: The Isle of Treasure and The Space

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (971) 208-3995
  • Email: isleoftreasures@gmail.com 
  • Websites: 
  • Activities: Work with middle school students in the garden regularly, organize teach-in sessions for them about topics relating to gardening and food-related issues, organize special events such as garden kick off party & seed exchange. Help run all of their special events, help expand the garden's capacities (e.g. put energy into community outreach/social media, expand programming [for example, by creating an RPG-style game for the kids in the garden, a "best friends" plot to explore companion planting, etc.]), work in collaboration with and under the supervision of the 5 main staff members, attend weekly organizational meetings, help with paperwork (e.g. applying for non-profit status).The special project was organizing the garden kick off party which was held at The Space and seed exchange. There was live music, snacks, and activities for all ages.

IKE Quest Youth Empowerment Program, IKE Box

  • Year of last internship: 2018
  • Phone: (503) 581-6154 ext. 2
  • Email: ikequest@ikebox.com 
  • Website:https://www.isaacsroom.org/ 
  • Activities: 
    • IKE Quest is a program related to the local coffee shop, IKE Box. Write up the Social Return of Investment (SROI) report on behalf of IKE Quest. Work closely with the supervisor who will oversee progress and completion of the document. Research SROI of ‘divested’ youth statistics regarding government/taxpayer cost of alcoholism, homelessness, substance abuse, etc. the special project was to calculate final monetary number IKE Quest saves the Salem community; interviewed four Alumni of the program and two directorsThe collected and compiled all information into SROI report to provide both a qualitative and quantitative approach to encourage monthly donors as part of a capital 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Willamette University

  • Year of Last Internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503 370-6265
  • Email: gtoyama@willamette.edu 
  • Website: http://willamette.edu/offices/studentaffairs/leadership/positions/oma/index.html Activities: 
    • You will be in communication with other student organizations and other offices. Attend meetings of multicultural student organizations. Learn about the significance of the student groups on students of color and the impact on the university. Support student organizations and meet their needs for their events. You may be part of the hiring process for Ohana leaders.

Salem Human Rights Commission, advisor to the Mayor

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503. 540-2371
  • Email:  info@cityofsalem.net
  • Website: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/salem-human-rights-commission.aspx
  • Activities: 
    • Work under the Human Rights liaison of the mayor in an office setting. You will be tasked with assisting in all aspects of the job that your supervisor is responsible for. This may include staffing city commissions, meetings with various community groups/organizations, extending support to victims of hate and bias crime, and other situations of similar nature. This internship may appeal to those who are interested in public service work, municipal work, and human rights advocacy work. This work is new every day and never gets boring.

Child Protective Services 

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone:  (503) 378-6800
  • Email:coleen.collins@dhsoha.state.or.us
  • Website: DHS Child Welfare
  • Activities: 
    • Work under a case worker and go into the field with them. Communicate with clients from diverse backgrounds and forwarded information to appropriate people. Communicated with clients from diverse backgrounds and forwarded information to appropriate people. Review and become familiar with assessments of possible child neglect. Observe and listen during interviews with children, household and family members. Attended court hearing related to Child Protective Service hearings. Went on the field and worked directly with case worker assigned.Provided general office support by processing mail, photocopying, and working with Microsoft Word. Attended team meetings and functions. Collaborate with nonprofits in the Salem community that provide resources to families. As well as others like Salem-Keizer schools, law enforcement, hospital and Liberty House. 

Bush Elementary, Educational Resource Center (ERC)

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: (503) 399-3134
  • Email: Maria Rivera Ceja, Special program IA ERC rivera-ceja_maria@salkeiz.k12.or.us
  • Website: https://bush.salkeiz.k12.or.us/ 
  • Activities: 
    • Work with aides and teachers in a class of 20 students who have different disabilities whether is physically, mentally, and/or socially.The students are usually in the third, fourth, and fifth grades. You will help student(s) with their reading, writing, math, and even art projects. Work alongside four other aides and a main teacher in the classroom, and interact with learning and occupational therapist. 

Boys and Girls Club

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503-581-7383
  • Email: Brent Balog bbalog@bgc-salem.org, BrandonSouthward: bsouthward@bgc- salem.org Edgar Romero-eromero@bgc-salem.org  (type 2)
  • Website: https://bgc-salem.org/ 
  • Activities: 
    • Type 1: Assist in a high school microbusiness project that was part of the T3 program. Provide one on one help with budgeting and advertising. Work in a team and set up special events. Create a community service project worksheet that will helps students record their progress. Research other youth organizations to identify programming ideas and partnering opportunities.
    • Type 2: Work under the branch manager to complete an organizational administrative project. Shadow branch directors and staff to implement a variety of club activities. Collaborate with youth to create a reading club with program activities to promote reading comprehension skills. Serve as youth mentor at major club events.

Willamette Academy

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503 370-6103 
  • Email: academy@willamette.edu 
  • Website: http://willamette.edu/community/academy/  
  • Activities: 
    • This is a college access program for underrepresented students who are in the Salem Keizer School District. The alumni are in grades 7th - 12th and aspire to continue with their academic goals. Work in the office, which is located in the middle of campus. Assist in projects, interact with the students, participate in weekly staff meetings, perform routine office maintenance such as filing and organizing. The special projects were working on data regarding alumni information and creating a comprehensive database, the other was creating a mentor program for alumni.

Chemawa Indian School

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503 399-5721
  • Email:  vhoward@willamette.edu 
  • Website: http://www.chemawa.bie.edu/
  • Activities:
    • Chemawa Indian School is located about 7 miles from Willamette University. Chemawa was first established as Missionary Boarding school in the 1880s, but since then has evolved into a place of cultural acceptance. This particular boarding school provides an education for over 400 Native American students attending 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade which represent various tribes within the United States. This community provides many opportunities for those wanting to teach, learn, advocate, mentor or tutor Native American students in which come from several states to receive an education. For example, you can join many students, staff during social gatherings that are open to the general public such as Round Dances and Pow-Wows, along with interacting with students during academic hours from 8:00am to 3:30pm. As an intern,  you may mentor/tutor high school students and participate in the classroom whether that is joining or planning the activity.

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del

Noroeste (PCUN)

  • Year of last internship: 2017
  • Phone: 503 982-0243
  • Email: https://pcun.org/contact-pcun/ 
  • Website: https://pcun.org/  (email through this website.  Individual emails on same page)
  • Activities:
    • Organized events for APP’s 2017 School Board Campaign Launch fundraiser to endorse the first Latinos running for school board positions in the Woodburn & Salem/Keizer districts. Created marketing materials such as posters and flyers. Managed online and in-person donations; generated donation tax receipts; documented RSVPs. Communicated with local government officials and union donors. Maintained proper records of donations, donors’ contact details and contact history. Interfaced with social media networks and managed PayPal bookkeeping

Grant Community School

  • Year of last internship: 2016
  • Phone: 503 399 3151
  • Email: https://grant.salkeiz.k12.or.us/about-us/contact-us/ (email through website)
  • Website: https://grant.salkeiz.k12.or.us/ 
  • Activities:
    • Type 1: Work with the behavior specialist in a classroom of students who are in between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. You may interact with students and complete tasks as directed by staff. Attend disciplinary meetings with the principle and share any feedback about the actions that were taken.
    • Type 2: Work along with the teacher in a kindergarten classroom. Lead activities with kindergarten students which are designed to develop their ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes. Assist teachers in the classroom in various capacities, such as grading and filing homework assignments and assisting students with classroom activities in areas such as mathematics, reading, and writing. Conducted one-on-one reading sessions with students designed to help students with their language development.

Central High School: Student Teacher internship (Independence, OR)

  • Year of last internship: 2016
  • Phone: (503) 606-2200
  • Website: http://www.chspanthers.org/ 
  • Student Teacher Internship, Language Arts Department
  • Activities:
    • Become a teacher assistant which includes tasks such as grading homework, developing curriculum, etc. Provide additional aid to students in a variety of subjects. This internship focuses on a close teacher and intern relationship in order to allow give the intern an insight into a teacher’s routine.
Willamette University

Sociology Department

Address
Smullin Hall 3rd floor
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6556 voice
503-370-6720 fax

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