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An internship is a short-term experience working within a “real world” organization that lines up with your intended career plans or a work environment you'd like to explore. It’s a way not only to find out if the field you’d like to work in is what you imagined, but also to start accumulating experience for your first professional resume. Internships commonly (but not always) occur during the summer semesters and can range from just a few hours a week to a full-time 40+ hour week. You might be paid as an intern, but you can also construct an internship by volunteering time to learn more about working in a particular field or industry.
How do I find an internship?
The best place to start looking for an internship is your family, friends, and community networks. In conjunction with this, cast a wide net by utilizing U-M's resources. First stop: The LSA Opportunity Hub!
Search Engines and Program Links
The list below includes internship search engines and organized internship programs that past sociology students have found useful.
If you know of an internship opportunity that you think other students should know about, please let us know.
Where have Sociology students interned?
This is a list of recent internships held by Sociology students. Not all students received SOC 396 credit for their internships.
- Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn
- Children's Defense Fund (Juvenile Justice Policy Intern)
- Dawn Farm
- DC Public Defender Service (Intern Investigator)
- Families for Excellent Schools
- Food and Wellness Network (Philidelphia)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hispanic Ministry and Social Justice
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Washington DC)
- Michigan House of Representatives
- Michigan United.
- Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
- NAACP Washington Bureau
- Office of Police Complaints (Washington DC)
- Project Hope Alliance
- Public Defender of Washtenaw (Intern for Federal District Judge).
- Public Defender Service (District of Columbia)
- Quicken Loans
- Red Cross
- Samaritas - New American Services
- Startup Refugees (NGO in Helsinki, Finland)
- U.S. Department of State
- United Community Housing Coalition
- Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender
- Women's Law Project (Philadelphia)
Internship Credit: SOC 396
You can earn one academic credit (SOC 396) per internship for relevant experiences paired with thoughtful sociological inquiry. The credit is earned not necessarily by the time spent in the internship setting, but by crafting an academic essay connecting a significant experience “in the field” to course work within the Department.
SOC 396 is graded credit/no credit (CR/NC). It may be repeated for a second credit hour but only if the internships are in different settings.
Regular credit exclusions and limitations apply for the Sociology major, LJSC minor, and SHM minor (i.e. limit of experiential credit). SOC 396 will count as elective credit toward the Sociology major but will need to be requested and approved specifically for the LJSC & SHM minors/subplans.