COURSE DESCRIPTION SOC 497—Sociology InternshipThe internship is a basis for performing sociological research. Work assignment to agovernmental or private agency and a related research project explicitly grounded in sociology.Joint supervision by agency representative and departmental faculty. Prerequisites:departmental permission, plus SOC 255 (FORMERLY 370) and 260 (FORMERLY 380). 3credits.
PURPOSE & LEARNING GOALS/OUTCOMES OF INTERNSHIPPurpose 3 credit internships fulfill the Sociology program capstone requirement for both B.A.Sociology and B.S Sociology with Criminology concentration. Internships provide students with an opportunity to make connections between theiracademic study in sociology/ criminology and potential career paths.Learning Goals/Outcomes Conduct sociological analysis of internship experience. Explore career opportunities related to professional goals. Develop/ enhance/ demonstrate marketable career skills (e.g. professional writing,collaboration, data management/ analysis, oral presentation, etc )
CONVERSION - CREDITHOURS/INTERNSHIP HOURSA three-semester hour internship fulfills the required capstone for the major. Additional hoursmay be taken in Sociology Electives and/or Free Electives. Discuss these options with youracademic advisor.– 3 semester credit hours 150 hours on site (equivalent to 10 hours per week for 15 weeks)– 6 semester credit hours 300 hours on site (equivalent to 20 hours per week for 15 weeks) For feasibility, these internships are typically spread over 2 semesters – 150 hours/ semester
INTERNSHIP STUDENT STEPS1.Attend the Internship Orientationsession in term prior to desiredinternship.6.Complete SOC internship applicationform.7.Write SOC internship proposal essayand attach to internship applicationform.8.Submit SOC internship application2.Select a SOC faculty member to serveas your academic internship advisor.3.Identify appropriate internship sites.4.Contact internship sites and completetheir application process. Note that somesites require extensive background checks– begin early!– SOC/ A&S Internship FormSecure a written confirmation ofacceptance at internship site as well as alist of tasks/ duties for the internship.– Internship Site List of Tasks/ Duties5.– SOC Internship Proposal Essay– Internship Site Confirmation of Positionsigned letter
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FLOWSecureInternshipSite OfferSubmitInternshipApplication toSociologyDepartmentfor SOCapprovalSOC submitsapprovedInternshipApplication toA&SA&Sapproves/deniesInternshipA&S registersapprovedstudent forSOC 497withidentifiedfacultyadvisor
INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS Internship may not commence until:– student is officially registered for thecourse *AND*– the semester officially begins Meet with Faculty Advisor in first week ofsemester to identify appropriate meetingschedule and academic deadlines forassigned coursework/ tasks. Complete required hours at theinternship site:– 150 hours (3 credit)– 300 hours (6 credit) Complete and submit the following toyour Internship Faculty Advisor– All assigned academic requirements andtasks by assigned deadlines– Internship Hourly Log (signed byinternship site supervisor)– Internship Student Evaluation– Internship Site Supervisor Evaluation(signed letter in a sealed/signed envelope)
INTERNSHIP FACULTY ADVISORStudents must secure a faculty advisor who will oversee their internship. Below is a list ofeligible faculty and their areas of research/ teaching interest. Note: Only SOC full-time facultymay serve in this role. Dr. Gregory Adams (criminology/deviance, drug policy, statistics) Dr. Alan Brown (criminology/deviance, gender/ sexuality studies, qualitative methods) Dr. Jessica Kenty-Drane (social inequality, childhood studies, education, statistics) Dr. Martin Laskin (sociology of religion, Judaic studies, qualitative methods) Dr. Cassi Meyerhoffer (race & ethnicity, residential segregation, urban sociology, qualitativemethods)
HOW TO FIND AN INTERNSHIP Identify your personal, academic and professional goals for your internship (e.g. skills,certifications, credentials, graduate program requirements, etc ). Consult with your peers, internship faculty advisor and other faculty for potential internshipsites ideas. Conduct a web search for potential internship sites using these relevant websites/ searchengines/ documents:– Idealist.org:http://www.idealist.org/– New Haven area non profit groups:http://www.cfgnh.org/– State of CT non profit groups: http://www.ct.gov/csec/site/default.asp– Indeed.com: http://www.indeed.com/– State of Connecticut State Agencies: http://portal.ct.gov/Department-and-Agencies/
SUGGESTED INTERNSHIP SITES: Law enforcement agencies (e.g. police departments, Connecticut Judicial Branch(probation), DoC (parole), juvenile detention centers, DCF, district courts) State agencies (e.g. Department of Children & Family services, Division of Criminal Justice,Emergency Management & Homeland Security) Educational Organizations (e.g. public/ private k-12 schools, alternative educationprograms, adult education programs, literacy programs, ESL programs, tutoring/ mentoringprograms) Non-profit organizations (e.g. soup kitchen, homeless shelter, domestic violenceorganizations/ shelters, immigrant services, halfway home, alcohol/ drug addiction programs,alternative education program) For-profit organizations (e.g. research/ consulting firms, law office, marketing/advertisingfirms, human resource departments)
A&S APPLICATION FORM
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION ESSAYS U M M A RY A N D E X P L A N AT I O NOF INTERNSHIP SITER E L AT I O N S H I P TO YO U RC A R E E R PAT H & S O C I O L O G Y Identify the organization, division withinthe organization, the organization’spurpose/goal. Explain why you selected this internshipsite. Present a summary of the internshipduties you will be expected to perform. Describe the internship’s relevance toyour personal and professional goals. Describe the internship’s relevance to thediscipline of sociology.
INTERNSHIP HOURLY LOG
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2016 -2017 . COURSE DESCRIPTION . 3 credit internships fulfill the Sociology program . Sociology and B.S Sociology with Criminology concentration. Internships provide students with an opportunity to make connections between their academic study in sociology/