Your internship should enable you to achieve one of the primary goals of our sociological curriculum--the ability to apply what you have learned in the classroom. As an intern, you have extended opportunities to link theories, concepts and ideas to concrete situations, and to apply the sociological perspective in a work place setting just as we hope you will after graduation. Internships are a real life laboratory within a supportive environment. They offer the opportunity to connect formal education to the analysis and understanding of the social world, at the same time providing service to the community.
As currently described in the undergraduate bulletin, the prerequisites for an internship are junior standing, a B average in sociology, a C+ in your overall GPA, a major or minor in sociology, at least 12 hours of sociology courses, and permission of the instructor. Other prerequisites may vary depending on the nature of the placement (background checks, previous training, TB tests, etc.). An internship is not just on-the-job training; it is also an opportunity to meaningfully apply and use your knowledge and thus should come at or near the end of your academic career. There are academic requirements that go along with the time spent at your placement site. Your grade is based on a combination of the placement supervisor's evaluation and the evaluation of the faculty advisor.
Credit is variable, depending on the number of hours spent at your placement site. Generally, three hours of internship per week are required for one hour of academic credit; a typical three hour course requires nine hours of internship placement per week or 120 hours per semester. Students can earn up to a total of six hours of credit for internship(s). Internships are available both fall and spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ann Stein at 953-6547.
Please note that Career Services has internships that do not offer academic credit, but still provide experience for you. It is possible to receive notation on your transcript that you have completed an internship. For more information, see the Career Services/Internship web page. Note that many internships are listed on Cistern Online and some of them might also be appropriate for receiving credit in sociology. I suggest that you view those listings too as you search for an internship.
Take a look at the Sociology Internship locations where our majors have completed internships in the past.