Experiential Learning Opportunities in Human and Social Services
Experiential learning opportunities are key when investigating careers focused on serving and studying people, whether through internships, job shadows, or informational interviews. Below is a list of locations where St. Olaf students have completed human and social services related experiential learning activities since 2000. Interns’ majors include: Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Family Studies. Use this list to get started and to spark your creativity – there are numerous organizations not mentioned here that may also offer opportunities!
Categories of organizations include:
- Child and Family Services
- Educational Institutions
- Religious Organizations
Agape International Children & Family Support Center – Organization assisting orphans and needy families with children.
Children's Home Society & Family Services– Non-profit organization located in St. Paul, MN.
Circle of Discipline – Organization for youth and young adults.
Community Action Council – Nonprofit organization helping families in crisis.
Crossroads Adoption Services – Offices located in both Minneapolis and Hudson, Wisconsin.
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Service, Inc. – Homeless agency located in Virginia.
La Familia Guidance Center, Inc. – Provides mental health services to Latino youth and families.
Laura Baker Services Association – Located in Northfield, MN.
Northfield Early Child Family Education
Peters Place-Partnership for the Homeless – Children and family support center.
Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH, Inc) – Child and family centered services.
Tree House Youth Outreach – Nonprofit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens.
Upward Bound – Provides support to students seeking college entrance.
Anoka-Hennepin School District 11-I
Minneapolis Public Schools, TIS
New York University
Northfield High School
St. Olaf College - GEAR-UP – Federally funded program assisting students from St. Paul school district.
St. Olaf College, Psychology Dept.
St. Olaf College, Russian Dept.
American Red Cross – Paid leadership internships available during summer.
Children's Hospital & Clinics – Located throghout Minnesota.
Chrysalis – Organization promoting healthy lives for women and girls.
Courage Center – Rehabilitation and resource center.
Genesis Family Medical Center
Lakeland Mental Health Center Moorhead
Mayo Clinic – Located in Rochester, MN.
Melpomene Institute – Organization in Minnesota focused on the health and welfare of women and girls.
Northfield Care Center
African Impact – Variety of volunteer projects available in Africa.
Amigos de las Americas – Leadership and community service organization serving Latin America.
Bridges For Education – Educational organization to teach conversational English across the world.
Casa Bernabe, Friends of Children Everywhere – Children’s orphanage located in Guatemala City.
Casa de Los Angeles – Located in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico.
Casa Hogar Benito Juarez – Orphanage located in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Child Family Health International – Global NGO health program located in Quito, Ecuador. (located across the world)
Community Against Violence – Located in Taos, Mexico.
Cross-Cultural Solutions – International volunteer organization.
Deutscher Arbeitskreis fur Familienhilfe
International School of St. Maarten – Located in Antilles, Netherlands.
Lutheran World Relief
Operation Mobilization – Missions located in over 110 countries.
Opportunity International – Provides opportunities for people in poverty to build entrepreneurial careers.
ProWorld Service Corps – Study abroad opportunities building sustainable development projects.
Robin's Nest Children's Home – Located in St. James, Jamaica.
Samana Wasi – Located in London.
Tri Thuc Moi School - Non-profit charity for orphans located in Vietnam.
v. Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten Bethel
Calvary Lutheran Church – Located in Golden Valley, MN.
Camp Shalom, Inc – Christian youth camp located in Davenport, IA.
Luther Park Camping & Retreat Center – Located in Northwestern Wisconsin.
North Central Ministry Development Center
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Located in Burnsville, MN.
St. Paul Area Council of Church
St. Peter's Lutheran Church – Located in Northfield, MN.
The Office of Advocacy Ministry of the North Carolina Synod, ELCA
Urban Ventures- Faith based organization supporting community residents and local businesses.
College Democrats of Minnesota-MNDFL – Offering a variety of government, communications, and research internships.
Dakota County Community Corrections Dept.
Denver Rescue Mission – Organization providing food, shelter, and education programs to those in need.
Federal Correctional Institution – Organizations located throughout the U.S.
Friends for a Non Violent World – Organization committed to training nonviolent leaders.
Hennepin County Chemical Health Soc. Services
Hopkins Police Department
Independent Television - Producer/Consultant
Laogai Research Foundation – Located in Washington DC.
Leaders for Social Change Summer Internship Program – Civic engagement program located in Northfield, MN.
Media Corp. – (Radio Disney) Internet media and advertising company.
Minnesota State Senate
MN Advocates for Human Rights – Program offers both school and summer internships.
MN Dept. of Corrections - Faribault/Shakopee
My Sister's Place-Pathways Program – Located in Arizona.
National Sports Center – Located in Blaine, MN.
Naturally Bamboo Clothing
Nebraska Workforce Development
North Carolina Peace Action – Grassroots peace network.
Northfield Historical Society
NorWords – Norwegian-language textbook creation in Bloomington, MN.
Park Nicollet Clinic
People Serving People – Homeless agency located in Minneapolis, MN.
Project SIGHT – Non-profit community coalition of Faribault and Northfield.
Resource Center of the Americas – Located in Minneapolis, MN.
Sexual Violence Center – Located in Minneapolis, MN.
Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
STOGROW – Student run community initiative at St. Olaf.
Travelers – Insurance Agency.
Volunteer Resource Center – Central source of volunteerism in the Twin Cities.
GENERAL INTERNSHIP POSTINGS
Where To Look- Piper Center Internship Search Resources
SPECIFIC INTERNSHIP POSTINGS
MN Council of Nonprofits
American Anthropological Association
Public History-Wright State University’s postings
Carleton College postings
Child Life Council
These organizations provide information, networking, and additional training opportunities and may offer student memberships at a discount.
American Anthropological Association
American Association of Museums
American Historical Association
Minnesota Historical Society
Oral History Association
National Association of Social Workers
Clinical Social Work Federation, Inc.
American Public Health Service Association
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Community Development Society
Child Life Council
LINKS which provide additional information beyond internships in the following areas.