Many Sociology majors have found the Internship Experience to be excellent preparation for their subsequent careers. You can do an internship as one of your five sociology electives, or as your Capstone course. In either case, a sociology internship involves earning 3-6 academic credit hours (under Sociology R494) by working in an organization where you can apply or gain practical insight into sociological concepts, theories, and knowledge. Some internships are paid; others are not. All involve working a minimum of 10 hours per week (for 3 credits) to 20 hours per week (for 6 credits) for the entire semester in a placement located by the student and approved by the Department of Sociology.
Who can do an Internship?
Any IUPUI sophomore, junior, or senior with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a Sociology GPA of 3.0 can do a Sociology internship. You must also
- be a declared major or minor in Sociology.
- have completed 12 credit hours of Sociology courses (6 of which must be taken at IUPUI) in subjects related to the internship placement. The Sociology Advisor and/or the supervising faculty member will determine whether the Sociology courses you have taken are sufficiently related to the internship placement.
- have a schedule which permits you to schedule 4-8 hour blocks of time during the regular week to work at the internship organization. Plan to work at the internship site 3 hours per week for every 1 credit you receive.
If you intend to use the internship as your Capstone, you must meet all of the above requirements. In addition, you must also be a second semester junior or a senior and have completed – at the very least – Theory, Research Methods, and at least 4 of your 5 electives. Note that, if you do an internship as a Sociology elective, you cannot change your mind later and have it count for your Capstone Experience.
How do I set up an internship?
Follow the nine steps to arrange your internship:
Examples of internships students have taken:
Undergraduate Internship Documents:
- Undergraduate Internship Information and Forms
- SOC-R494 Student Interest Form
- SOC-R494 Student Proposal Form
- SOC-R494 Student Guidelines
- SOC-R494 Employer Guidelines
- SOC-R494 Faculty Guidelines
- SOC-R494 Final Paper Guidelines
- SOC-R494 Consent Form
- Undergraduate Internship Evaluation Forms
- Student MIDTERM Evaluation of Internship Experience
- Student FINAL Evaluation of Internship Experience
- Employer MIDTERM Evaluation of Internship Experience
- Employer FINAL Evaluation of Internship Experience
All M.A. students pursuing the internship option are expected to participate in an internship in an organization, school, business, or government office (collectively “an agency”) in a research or policy capacity. The internship option is designed to generalize theory and research skills acquired in the classroom to the reality of the work situation. At a minimum, students will work in an agency for 8 hours a week for 14 weeks, prepare a weekly journal of activities, and complete a project that provides specific skills that benefit the student in the labor force, as well as provide a needed service for the agency. The outcome of the internship is a final paper reflecting the internship experience, and presentation of a summary to the Internship Committee or at a public forum. Some internships are paid; others are not.
Summary of Rules Regarding Graduate Internships
- A student normally must complete 18 graduate credit hours prior to enrolling in an internship
- Internships must have a social science research component where the student can apply and/or learn methodological skills.
- There may be a mid-internship site visit or phone conversation between an IUPUI Internship
- Program representative and/or your internship advisor.
- No more than 6 internship credit hours may count towards your degree.
- A student must work for a minimum of 8 hours a week for each 3 Internship credit hours enrolled (this requirement is reduced to 6 hours if the site is the student’s pre-existing place of employment).
- Students who intern in their own place of employment may count no more than 3 Internship credit hours completed in their place of employment towards their degree.
- A student who chooses the thesis track may also enroll in up to 6 internship credit hours as electives or general on area courses. In these cases, students only need to have one Sociology faculty advisor to supervise and approve the course work.
- If the internship of a thesis-option student involved original research work, this may be used as part of a thesis, subject to the approval of the student’s Thesis Committee and the Institutional Review Board
Past MA Internships
Graduate Internship Forms
- Graduate Internship Forms (all links download Word documents)