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SO392 Internship in the Community

This three (3) credit course is cross-listed in Sociology (SO 392), Criminal Justice (CJ 392), Gerontology (GT 392), and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS 392).

Students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised fieldwork with a community-based organization and participate in a weekly seminar.  The seminar serves as an opportunity for students to provide mutual support and to learn from each other.

Coursework includes written reflection and discussion covering the following topics:

  • Workplace Risk and Safety
  • Getting the Most out of Seminar
  • The Community
  • Organizational Culture
  • Context, Environment, Systemic Social Structures
  • Understanding Your Role as an Intern
  • Establishing Benchmarks and Evaluation
  • Experiential Learning: Theory to Practice
  • Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Utilizing Research and Evaluation
  • Professional Ethics
  • Culmination and Endings

Successful completion of the course requires adherence to a high standard of professionalism.

(SO/CJ/GT majors must complete SO/CJ/GT 205 – From College to Career.  WGS minors are not required to take 205.  Please see the catalog for additional requirements and prerequisites for all students.)


Students are required to meet with the internship coordinator, Prof. Diane Langlan-Wortz at least one semester prior to begin the placement process.