Students interested in doing an internship may consider doing so through the Department of Sociology. Course credit is available to those students who fulfill the requirements of the internship program. The Sociology Internship Program is designed to provide junior and senior sociology majors with the opportunity to work hands-on in the community and to gain practical knowledge and experience. The program provides Sociology majors the opportunity to connect sociological theory to the “real world.” Throughout the semester, students will actively apply their sociological knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of their internship experiences. Participation in the program requires both on-site and academic work.
More information about the program and the process for applying for the program is described below. If you have any questions about the program after reading through all the information provided, please contact the director of the internship program, Dr. Glenda Walden.
Here’s what some Sociology majors had to say about their Sociology internship experience!
“The internship provided me the educational experience I was craving, taught me how to bear witness to suffering without shutting down or becoming disarrayed, and gave me knowledge of a subject I am passionate about in a way that textbooks and theory cannot provide.”
“As an overall learning experience, my internship…provided me with new and improved skills, a plethora of knowledge surrounding the social, cultural, and political characteristics of the profession, and a greater understanding of my own needs as I enter the work world.”
“Overall, my internship…provided me with first-hand experience within the realm of criminal justice and encouraged me to analyze my experiences from a sociological perspective.”
“In my time [at my internship site] I gained a larger perspective for sociological knowledge and had the opportunity to be a part of a unique community that in a small but impactful way has the possibility to create positive change on society.”
“I am sad that my internship is over, but I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to grow as a person and to learn new skills that will help me in my future careers.”
Internship Program Course Credit and Work Hours
Students accepted into the Sociology Internship Program can participate in the program for one semester or for two semesters. (The internship director and Sociology staff will register students once they are accepted into the program. Students cannot register themselves for this course/program.) As per CU Boulder College of Arts & Sciences guidelines, students in the internship program must engage in course work for a minimum of 40 hours for each hour of academic credit and first semester students must register for a minimum of 3 hours.
During the first-semester program, students will be registered for 3-6 credit hours. The bulk of the course work will be at the internship work site, with students working 6-14 hours per week (90-210 hours total). The remainder of the course work hours includes: (1) attending the internship class (the specific class meeting dates [8 bi-weekly meetings], times, and location will be provided to accepted students before the start of the semester) or completing the on-line partcipation assignments; (2) theoretical and fieldwork journaling; and (3) writing an internship analysis paper. First-semester program students may earn up to 6 credit hours by working at the internship site for an additional 40 hours per extra credit (i.e., 4 credits = 130 total site work hours, 5 credits = 170 total site work hours, 6 credits = 210 total site work hours). No more than 6 total credit hours can be earned as internship credit in one major (and no more than 9 hours total for internship credit for each CU student). Students may participate in Fall, Spring, or Summer internships including the CU in DC internship for sociology internship credit. See the CU in DC website for more information.
During the second-semester program, which is optional, students canbe registered for 1 to 3 credit hours. Typically, second-semester students will remain at their first-semester internship site. Second-semester internships can be done during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The bulk of the course work will be at the internship work site: 1 credit = 33 site hours (2-3 hours per week), 2 credits = 66 site hours (4-5 hours per week), and 3 credits = 99 site hours (6-7 hours per week). The remainder of the course work hours includes: (1) journaling and (2) writing a topical research paper. No more than 6 total credit hours can be earned as internship credit in one major (and no more than 9 hours total for internship credit for each CU student).
Application Due Dates
If you wish to participate in the program, please submit an application by the applicable due date:
- August 1 for Fall semester internship
- December 1 for Spring semester internship
- April 15 for Summer semester internship
(If you miss this deadline, please contact the internship director for specific instructions.)
Applications (hard copy only) must be delivered to the Department of Sociology main office in Ketchum 195 (mailing address: UCB 327, Boulder, CO 80309-0327)
The Application Process
- Read through the internship course description, course credit/work hours description (see above), and prerequisites to make sure you understand the stipulations of the internship program. If you agree with the requirements of this course, proceed to steps 2 and 3.
Course Description: The Sociology Internship Program is designed to provide junior and senior sociology majors with the opportunity to work hands-on in the community and to gain practical knowledge and experience. The program provides Sociology majors the opportunity to connect sociological theory to the “real world.” Throughout the semester, students will actively apply their sociological knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of their internship experiences. Participation in the program requires both on-site and academic work.
Prerequisites: To participate in the Sociology Internship Program, students must have junior or senior standing (at the time of the internship), be a Sociology major, have taken Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 1001) and one upper-division sociological theory course (SOCY 3001 or SOCY 3011), and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- If you have not already done so, choose a location for the internship. (See step 3 below regarding time frame for securing an internship.) Feel free to contact organization(s) you have in mind to determine if an internship program is available. Please note that you are responsible for contacting the agency, setting up the internship, and ensuring that the internship director agrees that you have found an appropriate placement. (However, the internship director can provide you with some direction and assistance in locating an internship.) Keep in mind that many organizations require that you complete training before the start of your internship, thus it is important to secure your internship well before the start of the semester.
- Complete the application for the Sociology Internship Program (see link below). Once completed, return the application to the Department of Sociology office (Ketchum 219). Dr. Walden will contact you to let you know whether you have been accepted into the program. Be sure to turn in your application by the due date listed above.
You do not have to have an internship in place prior to applying for the program; however, once accepted into the program, you will not be registered into the course until you have secured an internship and completed your internship contract including a signature from your supervisor. You should be ready to begin at your site no later than the start of the semsester.
You may review the 2018 Internship Contract here.