Each year, the Sociology Department partners with local organizations to offer students a chance to get hands-on experience while earning academic credit. For 2020, we are working with the Federal Public Defender (FPD) Office and Seattle Municipal Court. Both are located in downtown Seattle (and close to light rail stations).
In the past, student interns at the Federal Public Defender Office have analyzed case documents, reports, surveillance video, and recorded telephone conversations. In some cases, their research efforts have been instrumental in be obtaining reduced sentences for clients. Students working at the Seattle Municipal Court will observing court proceedings, work with defendants, and network with court staff. Both opportunities will provide students with a better understanding of the how the criminal legal system actually operates, as well as gain insight into possible career pathways.
Each internship is a 2-quarter position. Students who are offered an internship will also enroll in SOC 404: Sociology in Practice, Civic and Community Internship for Winter Quarter. You also have the option to earn academic credit in Spring Quarter by enrolling in SOC 399. Visiting the Sociology Department’s Internship webpage is the best way to learn more about the program, details about each organization, and specifics about the application process.
The application deadline is Monday, November 18th by 4pm. Students may apply for both internships, but your separate applications should be thoughtfully targeted toward the purpose and goals of each organization individually.
Need some help writing your internship cover letter or tuning up your resume? Consider checking out the Career & Internship Center’s small group session on the topic. It will be held Wednesday, November 13th from 3:30-4:15pm in Savery 305 – you can register for the session here.