Sociology Internships

Students pursuing the major in Sociology complete the program by engaging in an internship that offers supervised work experience relevant to sociology within selected organizations and agencies.

Sociology majors complete a series of core courses (SOC 3343 or SOC 3353 and SOC 3373 or SOC 3393) and upon approval of the internship coordinator engage in an internship experience. Provided as part of the HCAP Signature Experience, internships are selected and should be relevant to previous coursework. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours may be earned through this internship. Students are expected to engage in 150 hours of on-site, internship work experience. Students then write an internship paper under the supervision of the internship coordinator. This paper should apply sociological concepts and methodologies to the assessment of the internship site.


The purpose of the internship program is to provide students with a learning experience in which knowledge and skills gained through academic study can be applied to a work setting.  Completion of the internship is expected to provide you with valuable work experience, enhancing your competitiveness in the job market.

Internship Coordinator:

Steps in the internship registration process:

It is highly recommended that students begin preparing for the internship selection/registration process one (1) semester prior to the term in which the course is actually taken.

Below are the deadlines for meeting with the internship coordinator to declare that you are seeking to do an internship:

  • Spring Semester internship – November 1
  • Fall Semester internship – July 1
  • Summer Semester internship – April 1

Contact the Internship Coordinator to set up a meeting to go over the requirements of the internship program. The Internship Coordinator will explain the registration process and suggest/approve locations for your internship.  For Sociology Interns, students must have completed 18 hours of Sociology courses prior to an internship and must have approval from the Internship Coordinator.

You may do your internship at any location approved by the Internship Coordinator.

Call the contact person for the organization with which you want to do your internship and ask about the availability of internships for the semester in which you want to register.  If an internship is available, request an interview.  Treat the internship interview as you would any job interview.  Dress and act professionally.

Once you have been accepted by the agency, fill out the forms provided to you by the internship coordinator including an add slip, release form, timesheets, and course form.  ENROLLMENT CAN NOT BE DONE ONLINE.

Your syllabus, internship manual, timesheets, evaluation of the workplace, and a document stating you have read all materials provided will be posted on Blackboard.  Read both the syllabus and the internship manual prior to beginning your internship. 

If at any time you have a question regarding your internship, call the Internship Coordinator, Donna Miller at 210-458-5881.