Skip to content

College of LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Crime and Delinquency Studies


Careers & Internships

Employment resources:

American Sociology Association http://www.asanet.org/employment/careers21st_intro.cfm

Law Enforcement: www.lawenforcementjobs.com

 

America's Job Bank

Career Builder

Careers in Government

Division of Personnel - State of Kansas

Emporia State University Career Services

Jobvertise

Kansas Judicial Branch

The Monster Board

Nation Job Network

Police Employment

The Riley Guide

Wichita Kansas Job Search

Kansas Bureau of Investigation

 

Practicum and Internships

Upper level students are encouraged to gain practical experience by serving as interns in various agencies in the Emporia community, outside Emporia, or in their home town. Internships provide "real world" experience by allowing students to work along side mentoring supervisors, interacting with clients, learn the administrative workings of the agency, begin their networking in their chosen field or area of interest, and have a valuable asset to note on their resumes.

 

Our Department is fortunate to have the cooperation of many area agencies and their professional staffs who give their time and expertise to our students. However, often the cooperation is reciprocal in that some agencies depend on our students to augment their staff in meeting their program goals and hours of operation.

 

INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

The successful completion of a minimum of 60 hours of college level courses including a minimum of 6 hours of (Anthropology courses for a Anthropology Internship; Sociology courses for a Sociology Practicum or Crime and Delinquency Study courses for a Crime and Delinquency Studies Internship).

Not less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of internship enrollment.

No criminal conviction record. (for Crime and Delinquency Studies Internship) (This will be checked prior to beginning the internship).

Willingness to sign a liability “Waiver and Release” form for Emporia State University and the agency participating in this program.

Students wishing a practicum experience must enroll based on the average number of hours to be spent weekly over the semester.

SO472 PA (1 credit hour = 45 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 3-5 program hours weekly

SO472 PB (2 credit hours = 90 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 6-9 hours weekly

SO472 PC (3 credit hours = 135 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 10 or more hours weekly

 

 S. O. S. of Emporia, KansasS. O. S. of Emporia, Kansas

 

Sociology Practicum Opportunities

Sociology students interested in family studies or social service have varied avenues for this practicum experience. While other local opportunities arise or students may find placement in their home towns - especially over the summer months - local agencies normally available for placement include but are not limited to:

Big Brother Big Sisters of the Flint Hills:  A mentoring program which matches community volunteers with children in need of positive role models.

Duties may include being a volunteer, planning social activities, assisting in case management, plus administrative duties.

Child Visitation and Exchange Center:  Run under the auspices of S.O.S., The Child Visitation and Exchange Center offers a safe, neutral environment for children whose families have a history of domestic violence, sexual or verbal abuse, or drug abuse.  The center provides a place where parents may exchange children for visitation or provide supervised visitation on site.

Duties include learning all aspects of the center including supervising visitations.

Compeer:  A mentoring program which matches community volunteers with children and adults who are receiving mental health services.

Duties may include being a volunteer or completing tasks such as recruitment of volunteers, training of volunteers, client support, public relations, and fundraising.

Corner House:  A non-profit, drug and alcohol outpatient treatment program for men and women.  Also provides reintegration services for men.

Duties may include assisting in one-on-one case management of clients, conducting group meetings, and other traditional case management duties.

Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas:  An all purpose mental health center serving East Central Kansas.  Services available include mental health evaluations, one-on-one therapy, medication checks, as well as a myriad of group mental health services.

Duties may include working traditional case management with a licensed mental health/social worker or working with the Gateway program – a psychosocial program for children with anger and conduct disorders.

Plumb Place:  A non-profit, transitional housing program for women in need.

Duties may include managing resident issues, fundraising, organizing special functions, and possible grant writing.  

Project Quest:  An after school program within the school system offered to all elementary and middle school children.

Duties may involve running group activities or helping to coordinate activity leaders

S.O.S. (Services Offering Safety):  A multi-faceted social service agency which seeks to end sexual and domestic violence through awareness, education, and action.  Locally S.O.S. offers a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, support groups, and victim advocacy.  They also coordinate the Child Visitation and Exchange Center as well as the Child Advocacy Center.

Positions available include a vast array of posts dealing with adult victims and their children.

TFI Family Services (Formally The Farm):  Large social service agency specializing in child welfare issues.  TFI currently monitors foster children in licensed foster homes and provides family services to keep families intact.

Duties include working with social workers monitoring case loads.  This is a traditional case management experience.  Topeka placements also available.

Lyon County Courthouse, Emporia, Kansas                                         Lyon County Courthouse, Emporia, Kansas

Crime and Delinquency Studies Internship Opportunities

Students wishing an internship experience must enroll based on the average number of hours to be spent weekly over the semester.

SO473 PA (1 credit hour = 45 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 3-5 program hours weekly

SO473 PB (2 credit hours = 90 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 6-9 hours weekly

SO473 PC (3 credit hours = 135 hours to be worked at internship location) - requires 10 or more hours weekly

Sociology and Crime and Delinquency Studies students interested in criminal justice or probation have varied avenues for this internship experience. While other local opportunities arise or students may find placement in their home towns - especially over the summer months - local agencies normally available for placement include the following avenues but are not limited to:

CASA of the Flint Hills (Court Appointed Special Advocates):  Run under the auspices of S.O.S., CASA volunteers represent children involved in court cases dealing with issues such as abuse, neglect, and custody.

Position of CASA volunteer involves extensive self-paced training which leads to working with an assigned family.  Placement of a full year is preferred.

Federal Probation:  Standard probation program for federal offenders – based in Topeka.

Duties may include assisting with traditional case management services for offenders, writing reports to the court, and basic administrative duties.

Kansas Correctional Facilities (Adult & Juvenile):  State run prisons for adults and juveniles.  There are many located throughout the state – none in Emporia.

Duties may include monitoring inmates to maintain order, dealing with disciplinary issues, and assisting in brokering services.

Kansas Legal Services:  Lyon County’s public defenders.  A non-profit law office specializing in the criminal defense of indigent clients.

Duties may include assisting attorneys with case preparation, organizing files and office records, and observing in court.

Lyon County Jail:  Under the auspices of the Lyon County Sheriff.  Jail houses offenders awaiting court and some sentenced to under a year imprisonment.

Duties may include monitoring inmates to maintain order, dealing with disciplinary issues, and assisting in brokering services.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office:  Traditional law enforcement agency serving Lyon County.  No personal criminal history is a requirement!

Duties may include rising along with deputies, assisting with evidence and reports, and basic administrative duties.

Parole:  Supervision of inmates released from Kansas Prisons on post-release supervision.  Placements in counties other Lyon are possible.  No personal criminal history and no close associations with people on parole are REQUIRED!

Duties may include basic case management work with offenders, home & field visits, writing reports, appearing in court, and other administrative duties.

Probation (Adult & Juvenile):  Standard of Intensive Supervised Probation programsthrough Lyon County Court Services and Lyon Community Corrections.  Placements in other counties are also available.  No personal criminal history and no close associations with people on probation are REQUIRED!

Duties may include basic case management work with offenders, home & field visits, writing reports, appearing in court, and other administrative duties.

Truancy Diversion Program:  A diversion program offered through Lyon County Community Corrections.  Officers are located in USD 253 schools.

Duties may include monitoring at-risk students and coordinating services for truants involved in the court system.

Victim/Witness Program:  Offered through the Lyon county Attorney’s Office.  Coordinator assists victims and witnesses navigate through the court system.

Duties may include interviewing victims and witnesses and attending court with victims and witnesses.

Department requirements are that students meet all requirements set forth by their program supervisor, act in a professional manner at all times, and meet periodically with Mary Halleran and provide a journal and other requirements set by the Department coordinator for internship students.

Students wishing to learn more about practicum and internship opportunities, and requirements may visit with Mary Halleran (620) 341-5321 at any time, preferably prior to pre-enrollment.