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Internships & Real-World Experience

Many employers will want to see how you can apply your coursework to real-world experiences. The sociology department and the University are dedicated to helping you find internships, volunteer opportunities, and jobs to further your academic and professional development. Learn how you can find professional development opportunities to add to a resume or highlight on an application to graduate school.

Undergraduate Newsletter
Learn more about opportunities
in the Soc Scene newsletter.

Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

Learn where to find internships, volunteer opportunities, and other resources to build your resume and prepare for post-graduation. Find opportunities for how you can receive academic credit for your internship.

The Barbara Newsome Internship Award offers a unique opportunity for sociology majors to earn $1,500 for otherwise unpaid internship experiences.

Part-Time Jobs in the Department

Each fall and spring, we select a pool of undergraduates from among highly qualified applicants for paid Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships (UGTA) in sociology. A teaching assistantship is a valuable professional development opportunity that you can add to your resume or highlight on your application to graduate school. The department also offers resume-building positions as front desk workers and peer advisors.

Research Opportunities

Are you are interested in completing your own research involving social problems and/or solutions to social problems? Learn about funding opportunities for field research, designing your own research or creative project in a partnership with a faculty member, and how you can present your research in our annual Sociology Research Institute event. Learn moreĀ about research opportunities for undergraduates in the sociology department.

Service Learning

Service learning incorporates community involvement into your coursework to enhance your understanding of course materials, readings, lectures, and discussions. While deepening your learning process, you also build a sense of civic responsibility as you help address community-identified needs.

Learning Abroad or Off-Campus
Learn about programs to study abroad or off-campus:
  • short-term global seminar or a year-long program
  • semester-long HECUA programs that incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and fieldwork
  • go on exchange for a semester, a summer, or a year to a participating school in the United States (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico), as well as Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada in the National Student Exchange (NSE)