Internships are an important part of the Sociology program. The purpose of internships within the Sociology major is to provide students with a realistic exposure to the professional environment, while also providing practical, on-the-job experience in a particular field of study. Some students are offered permanent positions upon graduation at their internship site. Additionally, students can learn whether a particular line of work is suitable for them.
Students planning to complete SOCL 492 should read and complete the Internship Manual (pdf).
How do I find an internship?
Your search for an internship actually begins with your involvement on campus. Many campus activities can help you develop skills that can help you land an internship. The best resource for Longwood students is our Career Center, which keeps up-to-date listings of employers who are seeking applicants for internships and full-time positions, as well as instructions for internship approval.
One of the best ways to obtain an internship is still good old-fashioned networking. If you're looking for an internship, everybody you know should know about your search.
When should I complete my internship?
Most students complete SOCL 492 during the summer between their junior and senior year. You must have completed 24 hours of SOCL classes and have a GPA of 2.5 in Sociology in order to take SOCL 492.
Students generally find that internships completed over the summer are more rewarding and easier to manage because they do not have to squeeze in hours between classes.
When should I apply for internships?
Internship deadlines vary widely. Most are due at the end of the fall semester or beginning of the spring semester. If you plan to complete an internship over the summer, you should begin identifying potential internship options no later than Fall Break. Make a list of the internships for which you wish to apply, and their deadlines. If you've applied and haven't heard, be sure to follow up. Lots of people get jobs and internships just because they communicate to the employer that they're the person who is most interested.