We encourage you to join the many majors in our department who have or are including an internship as part of their work toward the sociology major. An internship gives you a chance to see how well you can apply your sociological knowledge and to be a participant/observer in an organization or agency related to your career explorations or plans. In order to obtain internship credit you must be a junior or senior AND you must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.50. Career Services has a list of a wide variety of internships. Many students also come up with ideas for internships at work sites not listed by the university. If one interests you, talk it over with your Department Academic Advisor for guidance on how to apply for the internships, how to enroll for sociology or anthropology "internship," and other relevant information.

Applying for an Internship

  • CRITERIA FOR STUDENTS SEEKING A SOCIOLOGY INTERNSHIP
  • 1. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    2. The student must have completed SOC 200.
    3. The student must have the approval of their Academic Advisor.
    4. The student must have the approval of the placement agency supervisor.

  • Once a student has located a potential internship either through the Internship office or through a contact that one of our staff may have, they must do the following:
  • 1. In order for a student to apply for our program's 450 Internship, the student will meet with a faculty member and establish a contract in which the goals of the internship and methods of achieving are established and clearly stated in writing. The legitimacy of the goals will be evaluated by the potential faculty advisor as to their applicability to sociology.

    2. A student applying for our program's internship must be applying for a potential internship position which meets the following program criteria for its suitability as a sociology internship:

      a. The internship placement must involve an opportunity for the acquisition and/or application of sociological knowledge (i.e., research, computer analysis, cultural awareness).
      b. The placement agency must be able to provide field supervision of the student.
      c. The placement must involve an area of career interest to the student.
INTERNSHIP WORKLOAD
    1. There is an expectation that the internship supervising faculty member and the student establish a reading program and/or list which are relevant to the student's specific internship. For example, an internship at a youth halfway house might include a reading list that includes work in the area of deviance.

    2. Regular interaction with the internship supervisor will be expected and the focus of the interaction will be to evaluate the progress of the internship as a learning experience. Keeping a field journal which relates the student's daily activities to the specified goals of the internship may be sufficient for faculty and student interaction; especially when the student's internship is located away from the La Crosse area.

    3. Some form of written work will be required of all interns. The written work may take the form of a research paper or a project report. In any case, the written work should demonstrate the ability of the student to apply and/or use sociological concepts and theory to a topic related to the internship.

PHILOSOPHY
  • The participation in an internship is a valuable sociological learning experience for the student and faculty member.
  • 1. The sociological learning experience can occur in both formal classroom and informal contexts.
    2. Internships are an excellent vehicle for conveying sociological knowledge outside of a classroom setting.
    3. The approval of an internship will be dependent on its value as a vehicle for a sociological learning experience.