What is a Marymount sociology internship?

  • During their senior year, sociology majors have the opportunity to apply what they have learned throughout the major to a workplace setting. Washington, DC offers abundant, exciting internship opportunities.
  • Internships are as academically challenging as any course. When an internship is taken for credit, the scope of work should be substantive with no more than 20 percent clerical or administrative tasks.
  • Students work with the Sociology Internship Coordinator on academic assignments related to the content of their internships.
  • For-credit internships must be completed within one semester.
  • Compensation: Internships may be either paid or unpaid at the discretion of the sponsoring organization. Some organizations may provide another type of stipend and/or reimburse transportation or other expenses.
  • Professional Standards: Students are expected to abide by the guidelines and rules established by the internship site. Dress and conduct should be professional and reflect the tone set by the organization and its employees

What are the options for completing the experiential learning requirement?

  • Students have several options for completing this experiential learning requirement, depending on their career interests, academic needs and scheduling constraints:
  • SOC 497 Community Engagement Experience (3 credits) 
    In addition to weekly meetings, students are required to complete a minimum of 80 supervised hours in an experiential setting, which is equivalent to 8 hours per week for 10 weeks.   
  • SOC 400 Internship (3 credits) Students can enroll is this course with approval from your academic advisor and the Sociology Internship Coordination. In addition to completing coursework at scheduled checkpoints, students work a minimum of 120 hours throughout the semester, which converts to approximately 5 to 10 hours per week.
  • Dual Sociology – Psychology majors must complete a total of 6 credits of experiential learning, with several options:
    -  SOC 497 Community Engagement Experience and SOC 400 Internship
    -  SOC 497 Community Engagement Experience and SOC 433 Research
    -  PSY 400  Internship
  • Dual Sociology –Criminal Justice majors should enroll in CJ 400 Internship for a total of 6 credits.

When do sociology majors do an internship?

Experiential learning is a key component of a sociology major’s capstone experience.
  • Students are eligible after completing 90 total credits (senior status), with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in sociology-major required courses (SOC 131, SOC 203, SOC 350 & SOC 351) students are eligible for SOC 497 Community Engagement Experience or SOC 400 Internship.
  • SOC 497 is offered during the spring semester.

How and when do students find internship sites?

  • It is each student’s responsibility to find an internship site.
  • Student preparation for an academic internship begins three to six months prior to beginning work. Interested students begin the internship process by meeting with their faculty advisor to verify eligibility and to obtain assistance in identifying and selecting potential internships.
  • Sociology internships for academic credit must be approved for credit by the director of Career Services as well as the Sociology Internship Coordinator.
  • Students may receive additional assistance identifying job or internship opportunities (with or without academic credit) from the Career Internship Center.

Where have recent sociology majors done internships?

  • Recent placements for Sociology majors include the following organizations:
  • Youth Service America
  • Northern Virginia Family Services
  • Offender Restoration of Arlington
  • Tenants and Workers United
  • The Shepherd Program Internship Program
  • International internships in many different countries are available. Students should work with The Center for Global Education (CGE) to identify a placement that fits their interests and career path. For example, one student completed her internship in Ireland at the Separated Children's Seeking Asylum Service under the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.

How do I register for a for-credit internship?

Once you have identified an internship, been offered a position by that organization or employer, and are ready to enroll, you should take the following steps.
  1.  Meet with the Internship Coordinator. If you haven’t already contacted the Internship Coordinator, please do so now.  The Internship Coordinator ultimately approves your internship, so it is in your best interest to prepare them for the information they are about to review. Your Internship Coordinator can help you through the process and make sure you’re on the right track.
  2. Contact your Internship Site Supervisor. Notify your supervisor that they will be receiving an email from Marymount University requesting their approval of your internship and confirming that you will be their intern for the next semester. 
  3. Login to Jobs4Saints which is processed through Career Services. Click on “Reporting a Professional Internship” on the left-hand side of the screen. Follow the steps and submit. A detailed guide of this process can be found here.
  • Once your internship has been approved by the Sociology Internship Coordinator and the Center for Career Services, you will automatically be enrolled in your internship course (i.e. SOC 497; SOC 400) for the appropriate number of credits. Requirements for completing the course will be communicated to you directly by the Internship Coordinator. Please note that successful completion of the internship course requires that you turn in all assignments required by your Internship Coordinator.

Need more information?

  • Visit the Center for Career Services in Rowley Hall (Suite 1005).
  • Contact Dr. Janine DeWitt, the Sociology Internship Coordinator.