The Department of Sociology has an active internship program. This program allows undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in planned, supervised work-based experiences in order to develop the ability to apply sociological knowledge in work settings, explore one’s interest in potential careers, and build a supportive social network.
Dr. Cindy Brooks Dollar is the Internship Director. The internship program has a practical and classroom element. You must engage in your workplace setting an average of at least 10 hours per week and attend weekly class meetings throughout the Spring semester.
Image at right: Erick Jimenez, Sociology Internship 2020 at Family Services of the Piedmont
To be eligible for the internship program, students must
- Be majoring in sociology;
- Be a junior or senior (though preferences are given to seniors);
- Have an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher;
- If you meet the above requirements, you must complete an internship application and submit it to Dr. Dollar by November 1st. Please note that the internship application involves students providing 2 letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a sociology faculty member.
- After reviewing your application, Dr. Dollar will contact you to schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your specific expectations, interests, and possible internship sites.
- If you are accepted into the internship program, you will register for Sociology 499: Internship for the upcoming semester. Students can earn from 3-6 credit hours by working 10-20 hours per week at their placement. Please note that the university adds a liability insurance policy fee for this class.
- In order to maintain eligibility, students must secure their internship placement by the first day of the Spring class schedule and provide Dr. Dollar with your on-site mentor’s name, physical address, phone number, and email address. Students who do not have an internship site secured by the first day of class are unable to remain in the program.
To be clear, Dr. Dollar will introduce you to some possible internship sites, but students are responsible for securing and maintaining their internship. As mentioned above, please be aware that you must have a secured internship prior to the first day of class.
If you meet the internship requirements and are interested in enrolling in the Internship Program (SOC 499), please complete this application and forward it to Dr. Cindy Brooks Dollar (email@example.com).
Image at left: Chandler Stachowski, Sociology MA Student and Intern at NC SBI