Internships & Community Engagement

Potential Community Agencies

Potential Partnerships for Service Learning and Internships, 2020-2021.  

Big Brothers / Big Sisters

Contact Information:

Chad Mitchell
813-928-4427

Goal/Mission:

Providing children facing adversity with strong professionally supported relationships to help make their lives better.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Always in need of volunteers
  2. Tutoring in a variety of areas
  3. Mentorship
  4. Requires commitment of 2-3 times/week

University Area Community Development Center

Contact Information:

Diane Diaz
813-558-5212

Goal/Mission:

Mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Research/Survey.
  2. Open to students/classes proposing a student that can be based at the UACDC involving door to door canvassing.
  3. Numerous projects: Computer Lab, Get Moving (nutrition), Steps for success (job training), Educational Programming (GED, ESOL, and Headstart), Prodigy (is present but not likely an option).

Lutheran Services

Contact Information:

Greg Musselman
813-676-9401

Goal/Mission:

Provides services to refugees and human trafficking survivors.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Orientation and language practice for refugees and HT survivors.
  2. Research possibilities with victims of labor trafficking (Africa).
  3. Managing donated furniture and other items.

Current partners:

Public Health, Anthropology and the Honors College

Metropolitan Ministries

Contact Information:

Karrie Roller, VP, Case Management
813-209-1058

Maureen Mida 
Steven Gilman

Goal/Mission:

Provides services to homeless women and families.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Intake interviews with potential clients.
  2. Assistance with annual census of the homeless population.
  3. Assist residents of Hope (short-term) and Up-Lift (long-term).

USF Students with Disabilities Services

Contact Information:

Debra McCarthy
813.974.8135

Goal/Mission:

Works mainly with students with disabilities on campus.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

A good opportunity for students with limited transportation to tutor and take class notes for students with disabilities.

ReDefiners World Languages Program

Contact Information:

Chantelle Daniels

Goal/Mission:

Teaches Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic to students

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Students can volunteer to be assistants in the language classrooms.
  2. Assist with community outreach and developing ESL programs in Tampa.
  3. Research: Collect data about the learning gains of ReDefiners students.

Free Network

Contact Information:

Joanna Winters
813-254-5139

Goal/Mission:

Provides services to refugees and human trafficking survivors.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

Connected to over 50 HT organizations in Tampa with diverse needs:

  1. Assist with community presentations on HT.
  2. Attending presentations and helping with set-ups.
  3. Developing media presence and managing social media pages.
  4. Working with USF student organizations to coordinate volunteers.
  5. Assistance with designing flyers and brainstorming about how to increase awareness about HT.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

Contact Information:

Bill Harris
Arthenia Joyner Public Library
813-274-6618

Goal/Mission:

Provides services to improve literacy and raise awareness about the services available at the library.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Assist with the English language courses for non-English speakers.
  2. Develop programs/presentations that might be of interest to the community.
  3. Coordinate/organize library events.
  4. Volunteer to assist with monthly library programming.
  5. Volunteers to read to toddler class.

Prefer students who have commit to consistent hours, especially if volunteering to participate in an established program.

The Skills Center

Contact Information:

Celeste Roberts
813-703-1324, ext. 104

Dejuana Waters Herald
813-703-1324, ext. 110

Goal/Mission:

Academic and leadership through sports

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

There were less clear connections to Sociology, but a great deal of interest on their end in attracting Sociology students who might serve as mentors and tutors. They offer training for mentors, which is a unique opportunity for students to have “formal” training for future jobs.

Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association

Contact Information:

Lena Young-Green
813-559-1768

Goal/Mission:

After school and summer program.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

Volunteer after school, gardening projects, tutoring and technology, Black on Black Rhyme. Prefer faculty to visit and speak with them directly before forming projects.

Tampa Bay Academy of Hope

Contact Information:

Faith Turner, Mentor Coordinator

 Ph: (813) 620-4029                                                                                                                                 e-mail: fturner@tampahope.org

Goal/Mission:

Provides assistance to at-risk youth

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Mentoring programs
  2. Basic Skills and Career Services
  3. Helping Offenders Prepare for Employment (HOPE)

Department of Aging Services, Hillsborough County

Contact Information:

Kimberley Trusty-Doughty, MHS
General Manager I, Nutrition & Wellness
Department of Aging Services

P: 813-744-5867
C: 813-853-1067
F: 813-501-1197

Veronica Maxwell, M.Ed.
Senior Program Coordinator 
P: 813-272-6829 
C: 813-853-2017

Goal/Mission:

Connects students with older adults through student volunteer experiences.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

1. Case management
2. Customer care and client intake
3. Senior centers and dining centers

Pace Center for Girls, Hillsborough

Contact Information:

Allison Graham, Guidance Counselor
813-739-0410

Goal/Mission:

Offers a variety of academic and social services to middle- and high-school aged girls and young women as a way of preventing them from entering the juvenile justice system.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. One-on-one guidance that focuses on goal setting and progress monitoring.
  2. Daily instruction and individualized education plans.
  3. Career preparation and exploration, school-work readiness skills training, and a variety of career services.
  4. Case management.
  5. Individual and group counseling services.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Contact Information:

Mary Mitchell, Internship Coordinator
Recruitment & Screening Section
813-247-0869

Goal/Mission:

Provides unpaid academic study-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options in addition to developing personal and professional skills. This internship can prepare students for a career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

Most assignments are ride-a-longs with deputies in the Districts but student interns may also be used in a support role in any of the various assignments. The internship coordinator/supervisor, the faculty mentor, and the student intern should work out the details of the assignments and their learning objectives in advance of enrolling.

View more information

See student testimonial by Dylan Race, BA 2019.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Contact Information: 

Kathryn (Kate) McKnight
Internship Coordinator
727-844-7791, ext. 7267
813-618-4314

Hispanic Services Council

Contact Information:

Zoraya Benitez
Volunteer Resources Liaison
813-936-7700

Goal/Mission:

To increase access and opportunities for Latinos and influence the systems that serve them.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

  1. Provides services that build the capacity of parents to engage in their children’s education.
  2. Provides information and referral services to families and individuals seeking resources to address health, housing, education, and economic adversities.
  3. Provides education programs (in Spanish) to improve knowledge and behaviors around health-conscious shopping and food choices among Latinos.
  4. Provides access to affordable immigration legal services.

Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network

Contact Information:

Jessica Sturges
Director of Business and Development
813-254-2252, ext. 702

Goal/Mission:

Film production to serve community needs.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

Interns will gain experience in video production and editing as well as the distribution and marketing of videos. Interns will gain training in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro X which are necessary to produce promotional videos, public service announcements, and community impact films.  

Leap Tampa Bay: College Access Network

Contact Information:

Becky Gilmore
Program Coordinator
813-609-4866
706-840-6585

Goal/Mission:

Convenes a network of partners to promote a commitment to college access and attainment in the Tampa Bay region.

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology: 

  1. Builds partnerships between public schools and local colleges.
  2. Helps build pathways to college admission and completion through FUSE programs.
  3. Helps students complete FAFSA applications.
  4. Helps connect students with employment opportunities in the Tampa Bay region.
  5. Helps students develop the skills necessary to enter the labor force.

YES! Of America United, Inc.

Contact Information:

Becki Forsell
Founder/Executive Director
813-420-7708

Goal/Mission:

Seeks to positive change what it means to have a disability with opportunities that enrich, educate, and empower people as they live, work, and play in their inclusive community. 

Special Programs/Opportunities for Sociology:

Promotes volunteerism, conducts seminars, and provides activities and outings for people with disabilities.