Internships

The internship program at VCU is designed to provide students with an applied social science opportunity combining practical work experience with academic knowledge. Internships afford students opportunities to explore potential future working environments of interest, prepare students 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, and local community gardens. Contact Dr. Katz for a list of internship options or check out ConnectVA for a comprehensive list of organizations in the Richmond area.

Frequently asked questions can be found, below.

Requirements

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. Please contact the internship coordinator to learn more about the sociology internship program: Meredith Katz, Ph.D., at makatz@vcu.edu

Internship Application & Forms

Internship Application

Students who are ready to initiate the internship application process should complete the internship application google form. Upon approval of this form, students will receive a follow-up email in order to arrange a meeting with the internship coordinator. Any outstanding questions or concerns should be directed to the internship coordinator, Meredith Katz, Ph.D., at makatz@vcu.edu.

Because of the coordination involved, please keep in mind the deadlines while planning an internship with the program coordinator. Plan at least a semester ahead and be mindful of how the internship will impact and/or be impacted by your other coursework.

Internship Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: May 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st
  • Summer: April 1st

Internship Timekeeping

Students will need to log 150 hours of work at their internship site by the end of the semester. They should utilize the internship time log to keep track of their hours and have their supervisor sign off on this log before the end of the semester. This form must be submitted alongside the student's final paper in order for them to receive a satisfactory mark for their 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, students should complete the brief forms linked below, at which time the evaluation form will be delivered directly to their site supervisor's email via VCU's DocuSign system.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of frequently asked questions about the internship program including details about requirements, examples, and planning. Find these and their common answers below. For a printable copy download the Internship FAQ Document.

What is a sociology internship?

A sociology internship is an opportunity for you to get applied experience working in a community organization, governmental agency, or non-profit. Sociology internships provide you with an opportunity to test out a career you are interested in, a way to build experience for graduate school applications, and an overall resume builder. Did you know that internships are the second leading reason (behind networks) why people get jobs?

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