An internship can help you explore your career interests, gain the skills you'll need for future jobs, and build your professional network.
Finding an Internship
Internship postings are shared with the students through the student listserv and posted on the School of Sociology's bulletin board, across from Social Science room #409. The School of Sociology keeps a list of organizations that it has worked with previously, if you would like to find out more about these and other School of Sociology approved internship organizations and locations, then please consult with the Internship Coordinator. Students are encouraged to seek out and secure their own internships, as the School of Sociology does not assign students to any particular internship position. Additionally, Student Engagement & Career Development provides valuable information for students on how to find an internship.
Experiencing an Internship
Depending on the major (CHS or SOC) a student will either be enrolled in SOC 393 or CHS 393. A student can either enroll in a 3-unit internship for 135 hours or a 6-unit internship for 270 hours. CHS majors are required to complete a 3-unit internship to fulfill their academic program requirement for the major. SOC 393 is considered an elective within the Sociology major.
- SOC majors, Junior or Senior status, who are in good academic standing and have successfully completed 9 units of Sociology coursework, and SOC 101.
- CHS majors, Junior or Senior status, who are in good academic standing and have successfully completed CHS 204 with a passing grade.
- International students (SOC or CHS majors) must apply and be approved for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) with UA International Students Services before engaging in an off-campus work/internship opportunity. Please meet with an international student advisor before applying for CPT.
Internship credit is regular academic credit. Therefore, all regular university tuition rates, fees, and deadlines apply.
How to Set up and Enroll in an Internship
Step 1: Identify and secure an internship at an approved and reputable non-profit organization, company providing health services, or a government agency.
Step 2: Download and complete the Internship Work Plan Form with your potential internship supervisor. NOTE: Please make sure that the application has your supervisor's signature. Students will be unable to enroll in the internship without a fully completed application.
Step 3: Fill out the Internship Approval Form (Qualtrix Survey Link). You will be asked to provide all the same information from page 1 of your Internship Work Plan Form. You will also be asked to upload the work plan and a photo of your supervisor’s business card.
Step 4: Set up an appointment with the Internship Coordinator for a final review of the Internship Work Plan Form. Once your work plan is approved, your name will be submitted to be enrolled in the course.
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Things to Keep in Mind:
· Remote internships are highly encouraged, and in-person internships will only be approved if they follow the strictest health and safety measures. Enrollment in CHS/SOC 393 will only occur for completed and approved internship forms.
· Each sponsoring organization will have its own requirements and application procedures. Some organizations require a background check that can take time to complete, this means that it is to your benefit to start approaching internship organizations early. This process falls on the responsibility of the student.
· Students are reminded that every contact with a potential sponsoring organization is important, regardless of whether it is to perform the assigned duties of the internship or only to obtain information. All contacts should be made in a timely and professional manner. Be aware that each contact directly affects the reputation of the student and the collective reputations of the Internship Program, the School of Sociology, and the University of Arizona.
· CHS/SOC 393 is a course with at least 10 assignments due throughout the semester. As it is a pass/fail course, students will receive a grade using a combination of completion of their internship hours plus the required assignments. The syllabus will be provided upon enrollment in the course.
· Please contact the Internship Coordinator with any questions or if you need assistance in completing the Internship Work Plan Form.
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School of Sociology
University of Arizona
Social Science Building, Room 413A