Internships are one of the most important steps you can take toward future employment. Over fifty percent of internships turn into jobs either with the original organization, or because of a connection made through the internship. Internships can help you gain experience for your résumé, aid you in making career choices, help establish credentials and contacts in your job field, and integrate the knowledge you've learned in the classroom with the realities of the world of work.
Most internships are done during the junior and senior years of college. Internships can be taken during any semester or summer session.
To qualify for the internship course, one must have senior standing, be advanced in their major in sociology, and have a minimum 2.80 overall GPA and 3.20 GPA in their major coursework. The internship must be participated in after the student is enrolled in Soc 480, not before. Previous experience or even internships will be accepted after the fact for internship course credit
Placement in an internship is to be determined by the academic instructor (faculty supervisor) in consultation with the student and the host agency. The internship may or may not be a paying job. Hours per week spent at the job site are proportional to the number of credit hours for which one is seeking credit plus employer requirements. Evaluation for the internship will be based upon academic criteria as well as the work evaluation by the student’s on-the-job supervisor.
The course can be taken one time for either three or six hours of credit. The Department Chair can grant permission to take the course if the stated criteria are not met and extenuating circumstances exist. One must also be aware that qualification for the course does not mean automatic placement.
Companies/agencies are independent entities and the potential intern must meet their criteria for being hired.
The intern must negotiate a written learning agreement that contains learning objectives, academic requirements, and other material that may be derived from communication among the parties pertinent to the internship.
Every student participating in an internship is required to purchase student liability insurance from the University. The cost of the insurance varies each year. It is usually between $20 and $30. Student liability insurance must be purchased at least two weeks before beginning the internship.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact or find and apply to potential internships. The internship coordinator is to be the point of contact between the student and UTM and the host agency.
For specific information about qualifications, procedures, and requirements for an internship in sociology, please contact the Sociology Internship Coordinator.
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