Sociology Internship Requirements - SOC 4490

1.  3 credit hours = 9 hours of on-site placement per week.

2.  Every Monday students must submit a short accounting (usually 1/2 page) of what they did during the past week's hours - a couple sentences about what their tasks entailed.  This is to ensure that they aren't being used as go-fers or making copies. It also keeps instructors abreast of potential site placement issues where they might have to sign university risk waivers, etc.

3.  Every Monday, students have to turn in a 1 - 2 page analytical memo.  This is part of the academic component. This may be submitted over email. In these memos, they must apply relevant sociological theory to their weekly experiences. Example: If you are working with the Department of Corrections, you could apply Merton's modes of adaptation to a specific parolee. If you are working with TESSA, you could apply feminist theory to patterns of domestic abuse. Students need to briefly describe the sociological theory (citations from text books etc.) and support the application by use of example from their placement.  Students choose which theories apply based on what they've done or seen that week. This allows them to see theory in action and practice their analytical skills.

4.  At the end of the semester, students must turn in an analytical paper (5-7 pages for 3 credits).  In this paper, students will discuss overall theories or theoretical perspective that would apply to the organization/institution/section of the legal system in which they were placed.

5.  Students must be evaluated by their immediate supervisor at their internship site. This is part of the grade calculation. 

6.  Students must evaluate the internship placement. This helps us track the utility of working with an organization.

7. If a background check is required, students must begin the process prior to the semester of placement, as this can take up to two months to complete. Students are responsible for all expenses incurred as part of that process.