Sociology in Practice---Applied Community and Civic Internship Program

Specialized Internship Opportunities Winter/Spring 2016
Applications due: November 23, 2015
Applications may be submitted in person in the Sociology Advising Office (203 Savery) until 4PM on Friday, November 23, 2015 OR emailed by 4:00PM to

Each year the Sociology Department offers several specialized undergraduate internships in partnership with select federal and local agencies. These unique internships offer students a great opportunity to see how sociology connects to the working world while at the same time they earn sociology credit and develop concrete skills desired by employers.  In fact, over many years we’ve had this program in place, several student interns have gone on to secure employment in government agencies.

We have approximately 15 internship placements available. All applicants are expected to be familiar with the basic details of the positions and the missions of the organizations. For detailed information and applications materials for each opportunity, click on the links below:

What you will do in these internships?

Depending on the internship, duties vary from intake interviewing/counseling, investigative planning, statistical analysis, research and court monitoring, just to name a few. For detailed descriptions and information on each internship opportunity, click on links above.

What is the time commitment?

This is a two-quarter commitment: winter-spring ’16. Students will receive five graded credits as part of Soc 404 in winter and then can apply for 3-5 additional independent study credits (Soc 399) in the spring. Depending on the specific internship, students must commit to working between 6-15 hours/week.

Who can apply?

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to Sociology majors, but we will consider all applications.

How to apply:

We will require a short application for each position, including a one-to-two-page statement of purpose which will also serve as a writing sample.  Please also include a copy of your resume and an unofficial copy of your UW transcript. No letters of reference are required to apply. The links above will take you to the applications.

More information about the Applied Community and Civic Internship Program

SOC 404

Students will work at an internship for a minimum of 3 hours/week while attending a weekly 2-hour seminar that provides critical reflection about practical and theoretical issues of work and organizations. In addition to applying to the Sociology Department for the specialized internships and other organizations, as described above, students with pre-existing internships (minimum 3 hours/week) may also apply to the critical reflection course. Visit the Career Center for information on alternative internships.


Do not hesitate to email Susanna Hansson at or call 206-543-5396 if you want to set up an appointment to talk about these opportunities in more detail.

“SOC 404 was a great conversation starter in every job interview. My manager said that talking about my experience was the reason they hired me.”

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