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A Sociology internship gives you real-life experience as you apply your studies to an area of your choice. Expand your interests and discover new ones as you create a network and gain an edge for your future job search.

You may do internships anytime throughout your college career. As your senior capstone, you may do a 150-hour internship (SOC487) for 3 credits and take the internship seminar (SOC492) for 1 credit. Prerequisites for the the senior capstone are SOC210, SOC301 or SOC302, SOC311, and SOC314 or SOC315.

Our Internship Handbook contains all the information needed to find an internship and get registered, or even create an internship and work with the Department of Sociology.

Tips for finding an internship:

    • It is your responsibility to set up your internship; the Department of Sociology does not arrange or facilitate placement.
    • We recommend reaching out to your personal networks as a resource as well as researching organizations where you are interested in interning. For ideas on suitable organizations, scroll down this page for past Sociology internship providers. Many are local — Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, or Denver and other surrounding areas. However, Sociology students have also completed internships across the United States and in foreign countries. Visit Handshake (formerly CareerRAM) through CSU’s Career Center for current openings. At times organizations contact the Department of Sociology directly, and we list the openings here.
    • Contact organizations directly to find out what opportunities are available. If an organization is listed below, it means they have worked with our students in the past, but there is no guarantee they have current openings. Internships choices are endless – feel free to contact organizations beyond those listed below.
    • Start early and pursue multiple possibilities to ensure the best fit possible. Please note that internships in the criminal justice field usually require a background check which may take several weeks.
    • Be sure the internship aligns with your academic field of study and your career goals, and that it will allow you to work at least 150 hours.

Steps for earning internship credits:

  1. Students should be of senior standing and have completed the following coursework: SOC210 or STAT210, SOC301 or SOC302, SOC311, and SOC314 or SOC315. If you are taking these concurrently or shortly thereafter, indicate this on your Registration Form.
  2. Find an internship that aligns with your academic field of study and your career goals where you can work 150 hours. We recommend reaching out to your personal networks as a resource. CSU’s Handshake has prescreened listings for internships.
  3. Once you have a confirmed internship, complete the Contract and Internship Registration Form. The Contract requires your supervisor’s contact information and signature. Turn your completed paperwork into the Sociology main office in Clark B258 or the Sociology Internship Coordinator.
  4. Once your Contract and Registration Forms are approved, you will be able to register for SOC487and SOC492. SOC487 provides three academic credits for 150 hours of internship work. SOC492 is the accompanying seminar and provides one academic credit. Register for both for a total of 4 credits during the same academic semester.
  5. For SOC487, complete 150 hours by the end of the semester in which you are registered. For SOC492, attend the seminar, which meets 8 times during the semester. Access class meeting times and location when you register through RamWeb.
  6. To receive a grade for your internship hours, have your supervisor complete and return the Evaluation Form by the end of the academic semester in which you are registered. Your supervisor may also provide a Letter of Recommendation. The Evaluation Form or Letter of Recommendation must be submitted by the supervisor directly to the Sociology Department according to the directions on the Evaluation Form.

If you have already completed 150 hours at an internship and want to apply it retroactively to our internship program, fill out and turn in the Internship Registration Form, and contact our Internship Coordinator for the  Retroactive Internship Form. Have your supervisor follow the directions on the form.


Please contact the Sociology Internship Coordinator

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Offering an Internship?

If you would like to list your internship on our openings page, please contact Shawna Bendeck, Sociology’s Internship Coordinator.