Internships are a required and valued part of our curriculum. An internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their academic skills in a job placement and explore various career opportunities. Internships also provide opportunities for networking and to secure letters of recommendations for later employment. Because Sociology is a broad field, an internship is especially useful in highlighting for employers a graduate's interests and skills.
- Must have at least 60 credits
- University GPA - 2.0 overall
- Department Policy GPA - 2.0 in your major
Below you will find some general instructions on the internship process in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Steps in the Internship Process:
1. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of 60 credits completed before starting an internship.
2. The Department has identified nine internship placements that fall across three main categories: Criminology; Disabilities; and Inequality / Social Justice.
3. Speak with your faculty advisor, during spring scheduling, about your intention to complete an internship. Discuss with them your top three choices and identify the faculty who advise internships in the categories you are considering. It is required that, before moving on to step 4 below, you meet
with the category faculty advisors at least once to discuss your interests in those particular internship placements.
4. Prioritize, in ranked order, your top three internship placements by completing the Internships Ranking form and submitting this form, along with a completed resume, to the Department’s Internship Coordinator no later than May 8th. (Internships will be placed in the fall semester, but the Department will consider internships in the summer or spring on a case-by-case basis).
5. Once rankings are submitted, the Internship Coordinator will work with you to finalize your placement and to complete and submit the needed application by June 1. A face-to-face interview may be necessary to secure the internship. Upon approval, the Department will register you for your internship credits.
6. Students in the fall internship class will meet once weekly (date/time TBD based upon faculty and student schedules) on campus to explore core components of internships. Students will also meet with those faculty who directly oversee internships in each of the three categories to discuss journal entries and to monitor internship progress. A D2L page will be established for the internship class and will be used to organize and facilitate instruction.
7. Students registering for 3 credits of internship will have to complete 120 documented hours at their internship placement. Students registering for 6 credits will need 240 hours.
8. Students are required to keep journal of their experience, weekly, throughout the internship process and will be asked to submit this journal to the associated faculty prior to campus meetings. Students will also be required to present to their peers and faculty a 20-minute PowerPoint facilitated presentation on your internship at the end of the term. Detailed instructions for the journal and
presentation will be distributed at the start of your internship.
For further information contact and meet with Dr. Chad Kimmel, the department internship coordinator. He will provide you with the internship application at that time.
Dr. Chad Kimmel