Sociology Department Internships

All Sociology majors are encouraged to complete at least one internship during their Junior or Senior year. For students declaring a concentration in criminal justice, the internship is required and not optional. These placements not only provide students with an example of how to apply sociological concepts to concrete situations and organizations, they also give students an opportunity to explore and focus on career interests.

Moreover, it is important to recognize that internships are increasingly being used by employers as a method of screening and selecting potential full-time employees. Students who contemplate completing an internship should view this as a transition from an educational setting a possible professional career. In fact, the process of developing an internship can be viewed as very similar to the process of finding that first job upon graduation. Thus, the student should approach this process and the internship itself in a mature and professional manner.

Sociology Internship Packet

The Sociology Internship Packet [pdf] contains the necessary information and paperwork for completing an internship through the Sociology Department. These include the following:

Paperwork & Forms

The packet contains the steps to follow in securing your internship. Following that is an application form you must complete. There also is a form to be used by a reference.

And, finally there are two forms to be completed by yourself and a representative of the internship site: a memorandum of agreement and a description of your responsibilities and goals.

Hours and Meetings

You must complete 135 hours at your placement site over the course of the semester. You also must attend any meeting scheduled by your Fisher internship coordinator, Dr. Barbara Rockell.


You must keep a written log during your internship, consisting of weekly entries. You also will be responsible for a final paper which is described on the last page of the packet.

All paperwork/forms must be handed in to Dr. Rockell before you begin your internship. All assignments are due on the last day of class.

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