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Opportunities for Deeply Engaged Learning

The requirements for the Sociology degree are flexible, allowing students to tailor their undergraduate experience to their personal needs and interests.

Sociology students are encouraged to consider pursuing some of these opportunities to enhance and individualize their undergraduate experience.

…. because sometimes the best learning occurs outside and alongside the traditional classroom learning.

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Double Major & Certificates

As part of their degree requirements, Sociology majors are required to take 12 credit hours in allied fields, making it fairly easy to double major or earn specialized certificates with departments and programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences such as Psychology, Family & Consumer Studies, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Health Society & Policy, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and Environmental & Sustainability Studies  

Internships         

Doing an internships is a great way to get real-world career-related experience and to see what types of jobs people are doing that are related to your coursework and learning. If you are interested in doing an internship, you should contact the Internship Coordinator at least one semester prior to the semester in which you want to do the internship to arrange for placement. Typically, if a student is enrolled for 3 credit hours, they will work approximately 100 hours per semester with a community organization or corporation. Internships are typically unpaid, but in some circumstances may be paid positions.

For College of Social and Behavioral Science internships:

Contact Dominique Blanc, dominique.blanc@csbs.utah.edu

For criminology-related internships:

Contact Larry Bench, larry.bench@soc.utah.edu

Click here for a listing of organizations that have hosted our students in the past.

For Sociology and Diversity internships:

       Contact CoCo James, colleen.james@soc.utah.edu

       Click here for a listing of organizations that have hosted our students in the past.

 

Portrait of Colleen (CoCo) JamesCoCo James, Internship Coordinator

A message from our Internship Coordinator on why you'll love internships:

Internships Engage Students’ Social Concerns as they Prepare for Future Employment

As part of a concerted outreach to and integration with communities in need, the sociology department offers multiple opportunities for Community Engaged Learning, some of which are internships. Over the course of a semester, interns from the sociology department commit to 100 hours of service to an agency that is part of the overall system of social support. They set goals for that time, develop a work plan, and carry out their contributions under the supervision of an individual within their agency. Students must pro-actively obtain their internship, learn the requirements for participation within their agency, and then responsibly monitor themselves and their time throughout the semester. Our goal is to mirror a job search, appropriate self-promotion, integration into a work environment, and goal completion within the parameters of an established agency.

Criminology Internships (SOC 3593) with Adjunct Assistant Professor Larry Bench place sociology students with an interest in our criminology program into agencies that serve the criminal justice system. Agencies such as Salt Lake City Police Department Victim Advocate Department and the Juvenile Peer Court Program allow our students real-life participation in criminology-related agencies. Students who pursue criminology internships often obtain our popular criminology certificate as an enhancement to their degree. In addition to this, students are often offered jobs at the agencies in which they have interned.

Both the Diversity Internship (SOC 3393) and the Sociology Internships (SOC 3993) students participate in through Internship Coordinator, CoCo James are performed in agencies whose mission is to serve marginalized communities. The requirements for our agencies are that they “fit in the broad system of social support” and “utilize [our] student intern(s) to do real and measurable good with a community in need.” We have a list of community partners, such as the South Valley Services Domestic Violence Shelter and the Utah Pride Center, that we collaborate with. Students may also bring their own agencies to me, provided they can demonstrate that the agency they serve is specifically intended to improve quality of life or address gaps in need for communities at risk. The sociology department also offers a diversity certificate as a degree enhancement, and many diversity interns pursue that certificate.

Our internships have an element of social justice; we intend that our students will take their educational privilege and lend it to the work of equality and social support. In so doing, we hope to not only serve marginalized communities but also to influence future leaders and participants in our democratic system. The humanizing work of serving at-risk communities has the potential to encourage nuanced thought about the opportunities that are extended to and withheld from individuals in need, as well as the structure and efficacy of the social support system. 

Recent support through the College of Social and Behavioral Science has allowed our internship program to expand and reflect the areas of emphasis within our department, such as public health and environmental sociology. Among all internships on offer at present, the sociology department has partnerships with 49 agencies. However, more and diverse agencies are greatly welcome, particularly at this time as we purposefully expand internship participation. Research shows that internship opportunities are extremely beneficial to graduating students as they enter the job market, and we intend to help our students be as marketable as possible. We also invite alumni and community members to offer ideas and opportunities for internships that fit within the goals of the sociology department internship programs. Please contact CoCo James, Internship Coordinator, at coco.james@utah.edu with suggestions. We welcome your input.

Last Updated: 3/2/17