This checklist will serve as a guide as you plan and participate in your internship. You should begin planning your internship the semester before you actually take the course.
- Be a Sociology major, 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.
- Fill out the Internship Application online. Click here to access the form.
- Find a Sociology professor to recommend you to do an internship. Give him or her the Faculty Recommendation Form. The professor (not you!) should return this form to Dr. McKendry-Smith.
- Once you have a completed Internship Application and recommendation, Dr. McKendry-Smith will schedule a meeting with you about registering for internship credit.
- 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 sites, particularly government agencies, may need time to process your application. If you are interested in doing an internship at this type of place, 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.
- Fulfill the requirements for SOCI 4386 as described on the course syllabi. Enjoy your internship!
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
Student Internship Flyer Gallery
For more information about where sociology students have done internships and their experiences, check out these flyers created by past interns: