Internships in Sociology

What is an Internship?

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.

How will an internship help me?

  • Explore career options and professional interests
  • Make connections with experienced professionals and potential mentors
  • Develop professional experience and build your resume
  • Gain marketable skills and self-confidence
  • Apply knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom in a professional setting
  • Learn more about themselves and their future career interests
  • Provides a professional experience that links academic coursework to the disciplines that a student may want to pursue for a career
  • Students will gain a better understanding of a specific company or industry and the possibility of a longer term career fit
  • Potential to have a full time job offer after the internship experience and/or graduation

When should I do an internship?

Most internships are done during the junior and senior years of college. Internships can be taken during any semester or summer session.

Internship Requirements

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.

Dr. Lindsay Anderson
Sociology Internship Coordinator

Internship Opportunities & Past Internships

The Tennessee Democratic Coordinated Campaign
Martin Housing Authority
Martin Healthcare
Union City Police
Healthy Start
Interfaith Student Center
St. James Episcopal Church
Nashville Songwriters Association International

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