Sociology majors, LJSC minors, and SHM minors have an opportunity to earn credit for internships. SOC 396 is a 1-credit, experiential course which can be repeated for a second credit hour (if the internships are in different settings). Students must request credit for an internship before starting the internship. In order to enroll, students are required to complete the process of "applying" for internship credit. 

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This summer I am interning through the Development Summer Internship Program at the Office of University Development, Annual Giving. Four days a week I am working at Annual Giving and creating solicitations for future fiscal years based off of data driven analytics and benchmarking. One day per week I am in a philanthropy class studying why people give and how to run a successful nonprofit, as well as learning real and applicable professional development skills. This experience has exposed me more to the world of philanthropy and the power of small donations. I am a student volunteer for Take Back the Night, and plan on using the skills learned through this experience during my future volunteer years.

Additionally, I am interning in August at the Children’s Literacy Network, which is a local nonprofit that aims to develop a passion for reading and literature in the children of Washtenaw Country. My position will be as a Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management Intern working with the Executive Director. I specifically will be working on grant writing for the Staying in Closer Touch program, which records the voices of incarcerated parents reading children’s books and gives those recordings to their children. This nonprofit encompasses many aspects I am immensely passionate about, and I plan on using this experience as a starting point for a career in nonprofit management.

I am also starting a new volunteer position this summer in the Office of Patient Experience in Michigan Medicine. This office works to improve the patient experiences in all areas of Medicine from a humanistic perspective. My Sociology background comes into play in all of these experiences, and I am able to use my knowledge gained from my classes in order to think critically about which groups we are working with and why, and what inequalities are present in the work. I have found myself constantly bringing up gender and socioeconomic inequalities during conversations at work, and I hope to use my background in Sociology as a guide for creating organizational change.