The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award – Applications Now Open!

Are you a graduating senior with a deep commitment to community service?

Then consider applying for the Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Internship Award!


A great many Sociology undergraduate students believe strongly in the importance of Community Service and we are often very surprised by the high level of commitment to community service our majors exhibit.

The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award is intended to celebrate that commitment and honor a 2018/2019 graduating Sociology major. The award is intended for a student serving as a volunteer or participating in an internship with a Puget Sound area community service organization working with disadvantaged populations that’s having a positive impact on the local community.

Not sure if what you’re doing counts as community service? Here are some things that can be considered:

  • Positions as a volunteer or uncompensated intern with a local community service organization or an organization working with disadvantaged populations within the previous 12 months
  • Experiences that began with Service Learning (such as SOC 292, 402, or 404), as long as you can demonstrate a substantial additional volunteer or uncompensated internship work with the agency/service organization
  • Long-standing (but not necessarily long hours on a weekly basis) commitments or volunteering with an organization focused on social good or assisting disadvantaged populations
  • Work in your own communities that you may do as a ‘good citizen’ that you may not realize others would see as community service

Any graduating Sociology major may submit materials to become a candidate for the award. The 2019 Award is $1,000.  As part of your application, you must submit a copy of your UW transcript, but your academic record is of less importance than your service record for consideration of this award.

All candidates are reviewed by the Department’s Undergraduate Program Committee which makes its recommendations to the Chair. The award winner is recognized during the Department’s Graduation Celebration in Meany Hall on Wednesday evening June 12th, 2019.

To learn more about the award and application process and application, please read the full instructions here: 2019 Al Black Community Service Award Information

If you have question regarding the award or your application, we’d love to talk more with you about it! Please schedule an advising appointment by emailing, and mention you’re meeting to discuss the award.

— Award Background–

Albert W. Black, Jr. (B.S., University of Michigan, 1963; M.A., Wayne State University, 1968; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1976) is an Emeritus Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. His areas of interest are the sociology of religion and race relations. Dr. Black is a past president of the National Association of Black Sociologists and the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington. He has been an instructor in the Bridge Program, which aids in transitioning freshman student athletes into university academic culture.

Al Black is a highly respected leader and role model in the local community. His legendary commitment to community service, in particular his work with gang members, gained him the Central Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award in 1996. As a founding member and Chair of the Franklin Fathers Group, he has led interventions into local schools with other mostly African American men, and challenged the at-risk students with a message of zero tolerance for the disruption of the learning process. He has been invited into numerous school and civic environments as mentor, educator, leader and parent.

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Internships with the UW Center for Human Rights

The UW Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) is currently recruiting undergraduates for their human rights research intern position!

Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis. This position is for this summer and/or next year.

Project Description

Human Rights Research Intern (focus on Freedom of Information). The UWCHR, which has been conducting research in partnership with local immigrant rights organizations examining collaboration between Washington state law enforcement agencies and Customs and Border patrol in ways that raise rights concerns. They are recruiting interns to assisting in conducting this research on immigrant rights concerns in contemporary Washington state.

Selected students will be trained in the use of FOIA and Washington state records law for obtaining information from government agencies, and will be involved in the process of formulating new requests, tracking the progress of existing cases, responding to inquiries from government agencies as necessary, and cataloguing the information received. Student researchers will contribute throughout the year to the Center’s ongoing research, are required to attend weekly meetings and participate in team decisionmaking.

This is a good opportunity for students interested in human rights and considering a future in law, policy, or research. It requires great patience and extraordinary attention to detail; willingness to comply with often-dull bureaucratic procedures; and an interest in questions of government transparency and freedom of information. It also requires a commitment to human rights in practice: the best applicants will have an understanding of human rights that stems not only from coursework, but from lived experience.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and CV/resume to Angelina Godoy at

Apply soon; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Internship Details


  • EXTREMELY DETAIL ORIENTED, organized, and reliable
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least two (ideally three) quarters in 2019-20 (ideally to begin in summer 2019)
  • Ability to work independently, in collaboration with a research team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
  • Willingness to commit to project confidentiality agreement
  • Some previous familiarity with, and a serious commitment to, human rights in Latin America and/or immigrant rights in the United States

Desired but not required:

  • Spanish language ability
  • Experience working for social justice


  • The internship can be taken for credit
  • For the right candidate, a stipend may be available ($3000/quarter)
  • Provides hands-on research experience
  • Possibly could lead to involvement in other areas of research, depending on student’s interest and skills

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Finishing Your Internship with the Guidance of the Career Center

“Much like sports teams analyze game tapes to pinpoint what worked and didn’t work so they can develop a plan to enhance future play, interns should look back and critically reflect on their internship…and look forward and plan next steps.”

It’s Week 9, which means those of you participating in internships are starting to think about completing and wrapping up those experiences.

The Career and Internship Center has developed a pair of handouts to help guide you through the process of reflecting on the experience you’ve had this quarter, and how to use that experience to make strategic plans for your future.

And, of course, if you’d like more direct guidance, you can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach or stop by the Career Center in Mary Gates Hall (134 MGH) this week or next for drop-in career coaching.

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Deadline to Register for Graduation – 26 May (THIS SUNDAY!)

Are you a graduating senior? Have you registered for graduation yet??

If not, there’s still time – but barely!!

The deadline to register for BOTH the Sociology Graduation Celebration in Meany Hall on 12 June AND the University Commencement Ceremony in Husky Stadium is THIS SUNDAY, 26 June 2019.

Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate your extraordinary accomplishment (Go you!!) with your friends and family. If you plan to attend graduation but haven’t done so, you can still register using the following links:

We hope to see you all there!

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AmeriCorps Opportunities with King County United Way this Summer!

United Way of King County is looking to build a team of 100 AmeriCorps members to end childhood hunger through our Summer Meals program, which provide nutritious meals and educational programming for youth at many high-poverty sites across King County. With the summer just around the corner, we need your help to build the team!

Become an AmeriCorps Summer Associate and help end childhood hunger by ensuring kids and teens access free meals during the summer!

Launch a nonprofit career with a summer of service. Help end childhood hunger by ensuring kids and teens access free meals during the summer! Summer Associates will serve meals and coordinate fun activities from June 19 through August 28, 2019. To learn more and apply today, visit

Becoming Summer Associate is a fantastic career building opportunity for students or recent grads to receive training and professional development, a $ 1,583 monthly stipend, and a $1,300 AmeriCorps Education Award for student loans or to fund future education.

There are two up-coming in-person interviews, listed below. If you’re interested in becoming a Summer Associate, please register for an interview time via this link.

  • 23 May 2019: Renton Highlands Library, from 3:00 to 5:00PM
  • 30 May 2019: Green River Community College , from 3:00 to 5:00PM

The United Way is proud of building great AmeriCorps teams every year, but they truly cannot do it without your help. If you have any questions, please reach out to the United Way AmeriCorps inbox at

Summer Associates will serve meals and coordinate fun activities from June 19 through August 28, 2019. To learn more and apply today, visit

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WA Job Opportunities with 2020 U.S. Census

We advertised some of the jobs that are currently available with the US Census back in April, but they’ve provided some new information about the jobs available in Washington state.

See the flyer below for more details.

If you would like additional information, please see the Jobs page of the 2020 Census website.

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Next Week in the Career Center – No Events Scheduled

Good morning, SOC Majors!

This was supposed to be your weekly preview of what the Career Center is offering next week. However, with the end of the year and graduation in sight, there are no events or workshops scheduled for Week 8.

But have no fear – that does not mean that the career center will be closed! If you have any questions or concerns, they still offer both Drop-In Coaching (Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm) as well as more formal Scheduled Appointments.

If you need or want any other information about the Career and Internship Center, please visit their website.


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