Internships in sociology are designed to connect real-world, outside-the-classroom experience to concepts and empirical findings in sociology.  Internships can be a valuable part of the undergraduate program, providing experience critical to future employment or graduate work.

Every winter and spring quarter we will offer a unique practicum course called “The Sociology of Work and Organizations” (SOC 494D) whereby each student will participate in an internship in a local agency or organization.

Students can come in with an internship already in hand, or can apply to specialized internships through the Sociology Department. These unique, high-level internships offer a great opportunity to see how sociology connects to the working world while at the same time earning sociology credit. You will provide a public service by directly helping to address discrimination. At the same time, you will develop concrete skills desired by employers. In fact, a number of former students now work full-time for the agencies where they were placed as interns.  More information and application for each internship opportunity can be found by clicking the links below:

What you will do in these internships?

Depending on the internship, duties vary from intake interviewing/counseling, investigative planning, statistical analysis, research and court monitoring, just to name a few. For detailed descriptions and information on each internship opportunity, click on links above.

What is the time commitment?

This is a two-quarter commitment: winter-spring ’13. Students will receive five graded credits as part of Soc 494D in winter and then can apply for 3-5 additional independent study credits in the spring. Depending on the specific internship, students must commit to working between 6-15 hours/week.

Who can apply?

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to Sociology majors, but we will consider all applications.

How to apply:

We will require a short application for each position, including a one-page statement of purpose which will also serve as a writing sample.  No letters of reference are required to apply. The links above will take you to the applications.

Note: Students do NOT have to be accepted into one of these specialized internships to participate in SOC 494D. Virtually any internship can qualify. For more information and application materials, go to:


Email Gretchen Ludwig at or call 206-685-6794

Note: For other internship postings, click on “internship opportunities” at the right under Categories. Also check out various links under “Internship Sites”.

One Response to internships

  1. Benazir says:

    I am looking forward to an intership which will help increase my sociological understanding!

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