Internship Program

The sociology internship program provides students with an applied social science opportunity combining practical work experience with academic knowledge.

Through internships, students can explore potential future working environments of interest, prepare for graduate study, and build their resumes. Employers and graduate schools are increasingly searching for students who have some professional experience in their field. An internship is a great opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and increase their competitiveness.

Internships in the Richmond area are abundant. Examples of internship sites our students have worked at include:

  • Equality Virginia
  • Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Safe Harbor Shelter
  • Local community gardens

Email our internship coordinator, Meredith Katz, at for a list of internship options, or check out ConnectVA for a comprehensive list of organizations in the Richmond area.


Junior and senior sociology majors with a minimum 2.7 GPA may enroll in SOCY 493 (Field Internship) for a one-time, three-credit course and 150 hours of internship work over the course of one semester.

Internship Application and Forms

Internship Application

To apply for an internship, please complete the internship application form. Upon approval, you'll receive a follow-up email to arrange a meeting with the internship coordinator. Any outstanding questions or concerns should be directed to Meredith Katz at

Internship Deadlines

Please keep in mind these deadlines while planning an internship. Plan at least a semester ahead and be mindful of how the internship will impact your other coursework.

  • May 1 for fall semester
  • Nov. 1 for spring semester
  • April 1 for summer

Internship Timekeeping

You will need to log 150 hours of work at your internship site by the end of the semester. Please use the internship time log to keep track of your hours, and have your supervisor sign off on this log before the end of the semester. This form must be submitted alongside the your final paper to receive a satisfactory mark for your internship credit.

Internship Supervisor Evaluations

Students are required to provide performance evaluations completed by their internship supervisor at both the mid-point and end of their internship. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the evaluation form process at both points in the semester.

To initiate the signing process, complete the forms below, at which time the evaluation form will be delivered directly to your site supervisor's email via VCU's DocuSign system.

Frequently Asked Questions