Internship possibilities for Sociology majors include a wide range of fascinating and valuable options, and many Sociology majors choose to complete one before graduating. To name just a sample of things that have been done through Sociology internships at Grove City College: developing workshops for and tutoring unmarried pregnant teens, working in agencies that do pregnancy counseling, adoption casework, assist victims of violent crimes and domestic abuse, drug & alcohol rehabilitation; social research work for the federal government, learning to conduct leadership and team-building workshops, learning to do public relations and research for a county program for ex-offenders, assisting on an important census of religious worship practices, providing basic services and religious instruction to poor people in the Dominican Republic, and more. Here is a sample of organizations our majors have complete Sociology internships at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families, Lawrence County (PA) Community Action Partnership, Family First Sports Park Leadership and Education Institute, Victim Assistance Program (Akron, Ohio), George Junior Republic (Grove City PA, internationally-recognized residential facility for delinquent male youth), Norwell Home-Nashua Pastoral Care Center, Sojourner House (drug and alcohol rehabilitation), The City Mission Cleveland, Ohio), Children's Aid Society of Mercer County (PA), RDV Corporation, New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, AWARE (domestic/sexual violence prevention, Mercer, PA), Urban Impact Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA), and Students International in the Dominican Republic.
Sometimes, Sociology majors complete their internships through the Sociology program itself (SOCI 480 Internship in Sociology). Students wishing to do so should contact Sociology chair and internship coordinator Dr. David Ayers. But they can also complete internships through other departments, and at times choose to do so. Most commonly, when Sociology majors do internships through other departments, they do so through Psychology (PSYC 480 Internship in Psychology) or through Religion as a "Christian Ministries" internship (RELI 480 Internship in Religion). For example, a Sociology major wishing to do an internship with mentally ill children or developmentally disabled adults might choose to do so through the Psychology Department. Or to cite another example, a student wishing to do an internship at a Christian summer camp for disadvantaged inner city youth, or at a city mission serving the homeless might, as these are of course "Christian ministry" works, do the internship through the Religion Department. To learn more about these, the contact person in Psychology is Dr. Kevin Seybold, and in Religion/Christian Ministries, Dr. Randy Stringer.
Sociology majors completing a Sociology internship should keep in mind that, while their internship grade will be included in the calculation of their GPA in the major (MQPA), the credits will not count towards meeting the15 hours of Sociology electives required to complete a Sociology major.
Here are the basic requirements for Sociology internships:
First, students will need to overview the information provided by the Registrar's Office on the GCC Internship Program generally, including obtaining and looking over the GCC Internship Application. All of this is available at the GCC "Internship Central" website.
Students will then need to meet with Sociology Department Chair Dr. David Ayers to go over their internship plan with him, partially complete application materials they will obtain from the GCC Registrar's Office, and obtain his approval. At this time, he will also assign them a member of the department faculty to actually supervise their internship for the department.
The student will then meet with their Internship Supervisor, who will help determine the final requirements for their internship, and set up a contact schedule by which the internship supervisor will regularly interact with the student and their supervisor at the internship site, during the course of the internship.
Students will then take the application to the Registrar's office to take care of other signatures and information needed to complete it, and get Registrar approval.
Students will need to complete 60 hours of internship work for every credit received. Thus, a 3 credit internship will require 180 hours of work. This will be determined at the time the internship
Students will need to keep a weekly log of their activities during the internships. For each week, this will include: an overview of task performed, training received, etc.; as well as major challenges they faced and how they addressed these challenges. The log must then be submitted to the GCC faculty who is supervising the student's internship, after the internship is completed.
At the end of the internship, the supervisor at the internship site must submit a letter evaluating the performance of the student, including recommending what letter grade he or she thinks the student ought to receive. This letter must be sent to the student's Internship Supervisor at GCC. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the supervisor at the internship site provides this evaluation to the GCC faculty member supervising the internship!
In addition to #'s 5-7 (above), the GCC faculty supervising the internship may require other things, such as but not limited to a paper or some other product. If so, this will be agreed upon and spelled out during the initial internship application process, and will be clearly included in the internship application.
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