Paid internships for Winter & Spring quarters with deadline this coming Monday 10/22!

Want to work in your community while getting paid and earning academic credit?

The Carlson Center has announced a variety of paid community internships that span both Winter and Spring quarters and which can be used towards Sociology major requirements!  The Undergraduate Community-Based Internship (UCBI) program, developed in partnership with the UW Career & Internship Center, provides opportunities for undergraduates to grow professionally and personally, examine issues of social justice, gain an understanding of the diverse communities in Seattle, and explore career paths in the public and non-profit sectors. There is an info session tomorrow, October 19th from 1:00 – 2:00pm in MGH 136 and the applications are due this coming Monday October 22nd by 11:59pm! 

If you apply and are selected for an internship through UCBI, Sociology majors can register for SOC 404 in Winter quarter as a way to combine academics with their internship while earning 5 credits towards upper division Sociology major requirements.  SOC 404 combines a small seminar-style class that meets once a week with your out of classroom experiential learning component. Students then have the option to earn up to 5 credits of SOC 399 in Spring quarter which can be used towards the Sociology elective major requirement.  International students can use these internships and SOC 404 for CPT and are encouraged to apply.  DACA students are also eligible!

SOC 404 is designed to combine experiential learning in the workplace with critical reflection about practical and theoretical issues of work and organizations. Students also examine their experiences with respect to theory and research through informal and formal writing assignments. Students attend the 2-hour weekly seminar in addition to their internship.

For Winter 2019, SOC 404 meets Tuesdays, 11:30-1:20, SLN 19939, Writing credit

UCBI Application and Internship Descriptions

For questions about the UCBI program: Email, call (206) 543-5514, or visit Mary Gates Hall 171 and ask to speak with a Carlson Center UCBI Team Member.

For questions about SOC 404 and major requirements: Email or call (206) 543-5396.

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Next Week in the Career Center

The UW Career and Internship Center offers a variety of useful workshops to help you prepare for the next step in your career – whether that’s an internship, post-graduation employment, or further professional studies. Here are the workshops they’re offering next week:

All workshops are held in MGH134. Please check Handshake for registration information.

For a complete listing of workshops and other events offered by the Career and Internship Center this quarter, visit our blog post that includes their Autumn 2018 calendar.


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UW Graduate School Fair


The UW Graduate School Fair is coming up next week!

Interested in graduate school, but not quite sure whether it’s the right choice? Then this event is right for you! The University of Washington Graduate School Fair is on 16 October 2018 from 2–7 p.m. at the HUB on the UW Seattle Campus.

Hosted by the Graduate and Professional Advisors Association, the Graduate School fair connects prospective graduate students with representatives from nearly 100 graduate programs to explore opportunities in graduate education. At the fair, you can interact with representatives from over 100 graduate programs from schools across the country, including:

  • University of Washington
  • George Washington University
  • University of Southern California
  • New York University
  • University of Michigan
  • Oregon State University
  • Columbia University
  • Boston University
  • University of Colorado
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Duke University
  • UC Irvine
  • UC San Diego

The program is free to attend, with a complimentary bag for the first 200 students to arrive and raffle drawings throughout the day.

For more information, including a list of attending universities and programs, visit:

Facebook event page

Event website

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Career and Internship Center Autumn 2018 Event Calendar


Good morning, UW Sociologists! Here in the Advising Office, we know that many of you like planning ahead (THANK YOU), so we wanted you all to know what the Career and Internship Center will be offering this quarter to help you as you prepare to enter the “real” world.

Below is the Center’s Autumn 2018 workshop and events calendar. All of our events can also be found on the Center’s website, where you can view and register for events through Handshake. For assistance with questions about Handshake, please visit the Handshake Frequently Asked Questions page or email


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Study Skills Workshop


Need a CLUE on how to successfully manage your time, study, meet with instructors, and deal with test anxiety? CLUE, the late-night, multidisciplinary study center located in Mary Gates Hall, is offering a series of study skills workshops to help you succeed in your classes. Below is their workshop schedule for this quarter. If you’re interested in joining any of these sessions, sign up to reserve your seat here: 

Please note: Their first workshop, dealing with time management, is TONIGHT, 10 October, at 7:00pm.

Even if you can’t make these events, keep CLUE in mind for when you need help. Open Sunday-Thursday, 7pm-11pm, CLUE offers drop-in tutoringdiscussion sessions led by graduate and senior undergraduate students, exam reviews, and a writing center.

Title Date Time Room
Wait! When is that due?! Successful Time Management at the UW Wednesday October 10th   7:00-8:00pm MGH 242
Meeting with instructors—the benefits of reaching out Wednesday October 17th   7:00-8:00pm MGH 242
Study Smart: Effective Study Strategies Wednesday October 24th    7:00-8:00pm MGH 241
Finals Prep and Test Anxiety Wednesday November 7th   7:00-8:00pm MGH 242

For more info:

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Featured Graduate; Maggie Yuse, ’15

Welcome to our first ever Featured Graduate Spotlight! This is an opportunity for us to introduce current majors to recent graduates and what they’re doing now – which means it’s also an opportunity for current majors to learn how to make the most out of their time here, and how to prepare for the next step of your life with your sociology degree in hand!

Today, we’re introducing you to Maggie Yuse, who graduated in 2015. Department, meet Maggie; Maggie, meet Department!

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Maggie is currently the Legislative Assistant to WA State Senator Kevin Ranker, and has previously worked as a campaign manager and as a session aide. Maggie participated in the Sociology Honors Program and wrote her senior thesis on the role of mental health stigma and policing, demonstrating that having a mental illness has an independent effect on the likelihood of being arrested.

1. How did you decide to major in sociology?
I pursued a couple different majors with little success when I started at UW. I was just
starting to feel hopeless when my counselor suggested I take an introductory Sociology
course. I quickly realized it was the right fit. Human behavior and social structures are
so fascinating and all-encompassing. It’s a total cliché but as soon as you find something you’re interested in, you excel. Although at the time I did not know where Sociology would lead me, it ended up translating very well into a career in politics.

2. What was your favorite Sociology class at UW? 
I cannot overemphasize the value of the Sociology Honors program! A challenging and, at times, seemingly insurmountable task, writing my senior thesis afforded me the most academic growth out of all my years at UW. The program allows you to expand your network and create lasting relationships with faculty and peers, all while becoming an expert in a field you care about.

3. Did you have a favorite Sociology professor or TA? 
It’s difficult to choose! Professor Jerry Herting and Tim Thomas (now Dr. Tim Thomas!) were my mentors for my senior thesis and I loved working with them both. From helping me explore my research possibilities to providing insightful feedback and
encouragement, they supported me throughout the entire process. Out of all the classes
I took, I would have to say Professor Tolnay was my favorite professor. He was an
effective teacher and obviously cared a lot about his undergraduate students.

4. What is one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of the program that you want to tell new Sociology majors?
Take advantage of the resources available to you! Go to office hours, get to know your professors and TAs, reach out to your academic advisor, go to the Mary Gates symposium and other extracurricular events, and find ways to be involved. 80% of success is showing up!

5. How did participating in experiential learning help you make connections between what you learned in the classroom and life beyond the university?
I took SOC404 and interned with the Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court. Not only was it an essential resume builder, it directly reflected the real-world consequences of the research I was doing for my thesis. Studying how Seattle police interact with people with mental illnesses, I witnessed how the criminal justice system treats people with mental illnesses, which helped me decide that I wanted to take on this societal problem at a higher level.

6. How did you find your first job after graduation?  Any advice for our current Sociology majors as they prepare to enter the workforce?
I wanted to apply the expertise I gained writing my senior thesis and learn about creating institutional change on issues like mental health, policing, and the criminal justice system. State level government seemed like the perfect place to start, so I pursued a session position in the legislature. Informational interviews and networking were key to landing my first job. Ask around – you may be pleasantly surprised to find that a friend of a friend of your sister works in the field and is willing to have coffee with you or edit your resume. Of course, writing skills, professionalism and a little persistence also go a long way. Remember: you probably won’t get the first job you apply for, but that doesn’t mean you failed! Learn something from each experience and move on.

7. How are the skills and ideas you learned as a Sociology major relevant to your job or your life now?

     Almost all legislation can be evaluated through a Sociological lens. Social stratification and income inequality, race and ethnicity, social change, and so many other sociological concepts are impacted by policy proposals and governing in general.

     One of my favorite moments this session was when the Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) Bill HB 1783 passed. I had learned about the detrimental impacts of LFOs on low-income and minority populations by reading Professor Alexes Harris’s research as an undergrad. This year Washington State eliminated interest accrual on non-restitution portions of LFOs. It was incredibly exciting to see progress on an issue that Professor Harris has thoroughly researched. I think it is imperative that sociological research be considered in lawmaking.

8. What’s your favorite place to eat in the U-District?

U:don 🙂

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Week 3 – Resources to Keep Your Momentum Going!


Ah yes – Week 3 of Autumn Quarter means that you’re getting pelted with (1) rain, and (2) responsibilities. The Advising Office and the Sociology Writing Center are always here to help, but we’ve gathered a few more resources to help you all manage your ever-expanding to-do list. You’re on your own with the rain, though.

Statistics Tutor and Study Center. The Statistics Department hosts the Statistics Tutor and Study Center, which provides free drop-in tutoring for statistics classes across the university (INCLUDING THE SOC211, STAT221, & STAT311). For more information, please see our blog post or visit the Center’s website.

Odegaard Writing and Research Center. While the Sociology Writing Center is by far the greatest writing center on campus (according to an “unbiased” source), sometimes you need to meet late, our appointments are unavailable, or you just need the research advice of library staff. If so, the OWRC is a great resource for you. For more information, see our blog post or visit the OWRC website.

Small Group Career Coaching. The Career and Internship Center is, once again, offering a series of small group coaching sessions designed for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. These sessions cover topics like finding a job, talking about your strengths, how to translate your skills from your major, and many more. For more information, see our blog post or visit their website.

In addition to these resource, we have a couple other reminders to share with you:

Be The Match. Don’t miss this important film screening and discussion about the role race plays in medicine. The event, 05 November at 5:30pm, will feature our own Alexes Harris, who will be there sharing her experience and talking about the essential need for multiethnic donors and donors of color worldwide. See our blog post for more.

Featured Graduate. Our inaugural Featured Graduate post will appear today! Come back to meet 2015 alum Maggie Yuse, and hear her insights about the value of her sociology degree and how it helped her transition into a career in local government.

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