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St. Cloud State University

Sociology ProgramDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology
Sociology Program

Sociology Internships

Sociology Internships

An internship is a supervised and planned learning-work experience for credit. Internship sites and duties are negotiated among the student, the sociology internship coordinator, and the field supervisor. A learning contract will specify your work responsibilities and your learning goals (skills, knowledge, and application of sociology) for the internship.

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SCSU Sociology Internship Handout

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Recent Internships Experiences

The internship program in Sociology at St. Cloud State University has been in existence for over two decades and has come to be recognized as very high in quality. When it announced the accreditation of SCSU's Applied Sociology program, the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology said that the internship program at SCSU was "a model to be emulated."

Internships are important for two major reasons. First, an internship will help you to connect sociology with your future career. As a sociology major you probably believe that you will use sociology in your future career, but you probably won't really understand how this is true until you work in the career. An internship allows you to do this in a supervised setting while you are still in school.

Second, an internship will help you find a better job when you graduate. Internships provide you with work experience and personal contacts that will be assets to you when you look for an entry-level job. In recent years a significant number of the students who completed internships have been offered full, part-time, or temporary jobs at their internship sites. Many others found jobs in related organizations. If you take your internship during your last semester in school, you will be eligible for jobs that open up during your internship.

Billie at CASA

Undergraduate student Billie Eliszewski counseling youth at CASA Guadalupe in Cold Spring, MN

You should start thinking about your internship during your sophomore or junior year and discuss your interests with your adviser and the faculty internship coordinator. You might consider doing volunteer work first to check out an organization or interest area. Leads from friends, family, and instructors may be helpful, but keep in mind that your friend's successful internship may not be the right experience for you. One of the best ways to identify potential internship sites is to conduct informational interviews with people who are working in jobs that interest you. Through such interviews you can learn about the occupation, typical career paths, and types of organizations. In addition, you will establish personal contacts with people who may be able to give you leads about openings in their organization or in the organizations of other people they know. Additional information about internship opportunities are available at the Career Services Center in Centennial Hall Room 215.

Sociology students have done internships as part of their Sociology. Internship duties have focused on many areas, including corrections, market research, advocacy, program administration, human resources, and management training. Some students have been asked to develop research projects, such as a survey of older persons' satisfaction with nutrition programs or needs assessments. A recent intern worked to develop a new program on educating the public about Medicare fraud.



Kaylie McManus Photo from St Cloud Group Home

Kaylie McManus interned at the St. Cloud Group Home, part of 180 Degrees, Inc. from September 2011 to April 2012 as a Youth Counselor. The St. Cloud Group Home services adolescents from 11-17 years old, males and females. The group home accepts many different adolescents but some of the main reasons adolescents are sent to the group home are: truancy, delinquency, assaults, and detention holds. Adolescents must be referred by a social worker, the courts, or a probation officer.

Kaylie’s daily tasks were supervising the adolescents, filling out intake material with families and the adolescents, writing discharge reports, one-on-one discussions, and being a role model for the adolescents. She also created life skills activities and worksheets that have been implemented into the program. After Kaylie’s internship ended, she was offered and accepted a part-time/on-call position until another position is open.


Enrique Marques de Andrade Jr.

Elias Marques de Andrade Jr. completed a human resources internship with Amsted Rail Global Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. As part of the internship he traveled to Brazil with Amsted human resource executives.Click on this link to read about his internship experience. Click on Elias' CV


Students in the Applied Sociology Concentration must complete at least six semester hours of internship, but you may take up to 15 credits. You may have a wider range of opportunities available to you if you are willing to take more credits. The organization at which you do your internship must train you. The more hours that you can devote to your internship, the more return the organization gets for this training.

It is important that you explore several possibilities before committing to an organization. Finding an internship is similar to looking for a job. You want to make the best match in order to maximize your learning. A good internship experience can help you assess your strengths and how they fit with future employment settings. You will want to consider an internship with an organization that is compatible with your own values, personal growth, and career interests. It is important that you look at several possibilities to make the best match between your interests and the goals of the organization.