Internships are offered in the Department of Sociology each semester (fall, spring, and summer). Before enrolling in an internship there are a few procedures that must be followed. These include:
- Be a junior or senior and have taken SOCI 4053 (Sociological Theory) and Research Methodology (SOCI 4000).
- Check with your academic advisor to make sure that an internship will help you advance toward graduation. Decide if you are interested in SOCI 4386 (Internship) or SOCI 4982 (Capstone: Internship).
- If you are interested in SOCI 4386 (Internship), decide if you want 3 credit hours (150 hours of internship over the course of the semester) or 6 credit hours (300 hours of internship).
- Meet with the Internship Coordinator (Dr. McKendry-Smith) to fill out the Internship Registration Form. This form must be signed by Dr. McKendry-Smith and the chair of the sociology department, Dr. Luken. You will not be able to register for an internship without this signed form. You cannot register via Banweb and Dr. McKendry-Smith cannot add you to the course.
- Locate an internship site. Look for a site that fits your interests and skills, and is a place or type of place that you might be interested in working at in the future. Dr. McKendry-Smith will help you with your search and must approve all internship sites.
- Contact possible internship sites and arrange your internship. Some internship sites may require interviews, applications, and/or background checks. Some internship sites (such as government agencies) may need time to process your application. If you are interested in this kind of an internship site, you should begin preparations as far in advance as possible.
- Once you locate an internship site, fill out the Internship Agreement Form. Have it signed by your on-site supervisor and return it to Dr. McKendry-Smith.
- Provide your internship site with the Agency Data Form. Either you or your supervisor should return this form to Dr. McKendry-Smith.
- Fulfill the requirements for SOCI 4386 or SOCI 4982 as described on the course syllabus.
Sociology has 2 types of internships!
SOCI 4386 – Internship
Counts as an upper division Sociology class
You can take it for 3 or 6 credit hours in one semester or you can take it for 3 credit hours in each of two semesters.
150 hours of internship (for 3 credits) or 300 hours (for 6 credits) over the course of the semester
Class does not meet in person
SOCI 4982 – Capstone Internship
Fulfills the Capstone requirement (instead of Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis)
150 hours of internship over the course of the semester
Class meets once a week
Discipline-Specific Writing course
Students cannot take more than 6 credit hours of internship for their Sociology degree.
What Students Say About Their Internships
"I feel like the option to intern and receive class credit is an excellent opportunity. I was offered a full time position with benefits before the internship even ended.
- Intern at Douglasville Probation & Parole Office
"My time at the West Georgia Rape Crisis Center was an amazing and fulfilling experience for me. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and get more familiar with the type of field and work I want to do in the future."
- Intern at Carroll Rape Crisis Center
"When I was looking for an internship, I knew that I wanted to work with children and help improve their lives, but I wasn't sure how. I interned with Douglas County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and learned so much during that time. After my internship, I was offered a job. My internship helped me figure out where I am meant to be and I am so grateful for that."
- Intern at Department of Family & Children Services
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience last summer at the Speech School. The bonds I formed, the lives I touched, and the individuals I came in contact with were phenomenal."
- Intern at Atlanta Speech School