Internships

The Sociology Department is unable to offer internship credit in 2021-22.

Internships are an excellent supplement to classroom learning and are often helpful in exploring career paths. As part of the sociology major, students complete a Sociological Experience requirement, which requires them to engage in career preparation through a careers course, a service-learning course, or an internship. Sociology students intern at a variety of sites, from on-campus organizations to community groups, to a myriad of business, non-profit, and local, county, and state organizations. 

Students receive credit for their internship hours through SOCI 499 (Internship). Students are eligible to receive 1 unit for every 45 hours completed at their approved internship field site, with a maximum of 4 units (180 hours) per semester. Students must enroll in a fixed number of SOCI 499 units (1-4) at the start of the term.

Sociology students interested in receiving credit for an internship through the Sociology Department are required to take a 1-unit Internship Practicum course, SOCI 496, during the same semester in which they receive SOCI 499 credit. Sociology students are only required to take the Internship Practicum when signing up for a Sociology Internship for the first time. SOCI 496 may not be repeated for credit. Students may take up to eight units of SOCI 499 (Internship), but only four units will count toward the major or minor. Only four combined units of SOCI 490 (Teaching Assistant), 493 (Research Assistant), and 495 (Special Studies) may be counted toward the major or minor.

Enrollment in SOCI 496 (Internship Practicum) is by instructor consent. The instructor will allow enrollment only after a student’s internship has been approved.