The Department of Sociology offers an internship course, Sociology 490. The purpose of this course is to encourage students to think sociologically about social issues by working as volunteer interns for non-profit community or campus organizations. Enrollment must be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. To enroll, the student must submit a proposal developed in consultation with the sociology faculty member who will supervise the internship.

Prerequisites 21 credits in sociology with a 3.0 GPA, submission of proposal outlining internship, and permission of the instructor.

Proposal. The proposal should be brief but needs to be explicit about the following points:

  1. The name of the organization that will sponsor the internship.
  2. The sociological interest of the social issue this organization addresses.
  3. The student's specific learning objectives.
  4. The number of hours to be spent on-site each week.
  5. The grading criteria which the student and faculty supervisor have agreed upon.

This proposal must also include a letter of support from the director of the sponsoring organization.

Timeline Proposals must be submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Committee no later than the final week of the semester prior to the proposed internship.

Final Approval for Credit Students who complete internships will submit to the Director of Undergraduate Studies a copy of their field notes and a final paper approved by the faculty supervisor.

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