SOAN Internships

Sociology/anthropology (SOAN) majors participate in internships in the local community and beyond. These hands-on experiences give students a chance to test their knowledge and skills.

Local Internships

Here are some places our SOAN students have interned in Kirksville:

  • The Department of Family Services (Foster Family Program)
  • The Community Action Agency of Kirksville (Office Workers)
  • Twin Pines, Social Services Department (Asst Social Worker)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Center for International Students at Truman State University (Advisor)
  • Preferred Family Health Care (Adolescent Substance Abuse Worker)
  • Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center (Counselor)
  • The Department of Social Services, Childrens Division

Other Internships

Here is a listing of other internships our majors have participated in:

  • Kindness Ranch—A Rehabilitative site for former research animals
  • The Student Conservation Association
  • The Salvation Army, Chicago
  • Teenage Refugee Center, Norway
  • Goodwill Industries, St. Louis
  • Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis
  • Project Transformation, Nashville, Tennessee

Students Share Their Internship Experiences

SOAN Internship_Natasha Vanderweide“….the most rewarding hands on experiences I have had at Truman.  Working with the Division I was able to see what being a social worker would entail, and it gave me good insight into the needs within the Kirksville community at large.  With this internship I was able to conduct home visits with parents and children, attend  juvenile court dates, work in the office, help organize the yearly Angel Tree Project, as well as many other interesting tasks.  Overall I would recommend this internship to anyone looking for hands on experience in the major, specifically for those looking to attend grad school for social work.”
—Natasha Vanderweide, Department of Family Services in the Children’s Division

SOAN Internship_Laura Halfmann“Working as an intern in the Children’s Division of the Department of Family Services has been an eye-opening experience for me. Through office work and interaction with other case workers, I am learning how the system actually functions and the expectations of the division for helping children. Also, I often supervise child-parent visits and attend various home visits, allowing me to really see and get to know the people in need. I am seeing in action the importance of objectivity and helping individuals without personal biases. Further, it is very rewarding to recognize concepts in the real world so often taught in class, such as the relationship of stratification to education and crime, the struggles of poverty, and how governmental welfare programs are used in positive and negative ways.”
—Laura Halfmann, Department of Human Services