Internship for Credit Process

Our Department strongly encourages students to pursue internship opportunities. Students may choose to participate in an internship during the fall or spring semesters, as well as during the summer.  

  • Access to Job Contacts.  Students meet professionals in the field who can notify them of available openings and provide professional recommendations.  This is much more effective than random job searches.
  • Entry-level Experience.  Participation in a professional environment is a strong addition to your resume or graduate school application.  Experiential learning is an excellent way to distinguish yourself as a serious student committed to making the most of your educational opportunities. 
  • Active Student Learning.  Internships provide you with an opportunity to practice what you have been learning about in the classroom.  There is no substitute for seeing the information you have been studying "come to life" before your eyes.
  • Personal Growth. You can "test the waters" and see if an anticipated career is right for you.  In some cases, students have learned that a particular line of work is “not for them.”

Students with at least 15 credits toward the major who are interested in receiving academic credit for their work as an intern and applying this credit to their major in Sociology or Criminology must follow a set of steps:

Step 1: Submit an application with the Office for Undergraduate Students (OUS)

* Students must complete the online application prior to the semester in which they plan to take their internship. Specific Deadlines can be found here. This means that planning for an internship must begin months ahead of time.  

For more information, consult these links:

Steps in the Application Process

Upcoming Professional Development & Internships Workshops (OUS)

Registration link for Professional Development & Internships Workshops (OUS)

General Policies, Application Deadlines, Requirements, Grading Procedures (OUS)

OUS Application Form (requires an essay, resume, and internship description)

OUS Forms (see “Internship Forms”)

Please direct questions about the OUS Internship Program to:

SAC, Room 107
Phone: 610.519.4232


Charlotte Holmes
Administrative Assistant II, Internships and Professional Development
(610) 519-4232



Step 2: Review and comply with the Department’s terms for internships

Students may select an internship as an elective course for their major (Sociology or Criminology).  A three-credit internship requires a minimum of eight hours per week.  Students are encouraged to speak with their advisors about this opportunity.  Departmental requirements are as follows:

1.    Students must obtain the written approval of their advisor. 

            Sociology majors: Dr. DeFina (SAC 204)
            Criminology majors: Dr. Arvanites (SAC 287)

2.    After a student has been accepted into the Internship Program (OUS) and a placement has been established, the student must meet with their advisor to discuss learning goals and the internship requirements and how they will be satisfied.  This must be done prior to the mid- term.

3.    At the conclusion of the semester/session, the student is to submit to the department coordinator (with a copy to the program director) an analytical paper (15-20 pages in length, typed, double-spaced) focusing on some aspect of the work setting. The topic should be selected in consultation with the departmental coordinator, who will then suggest relevant readings from the sociology or criminology literature.  The paper will be evaluated by the coordinator and other department members with expertise in the particular area of study.  The required paper may take several different forms, but must go beyond a simple description of internship activities. 

Goal of an internship:  An academic internship is a pre-professional work experience, sufficiently rigorous so that students earn credit for participation.  An internship is more formally defined as “any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience” (National Society for Experiential Education).

Requirements & Timetable-

Journal:  Maintain a journal of observations and /or events that relate to course material (lectures, readings, research).  Specifically, identify the course and source.  (This is not the Journal you are keeping for the Internship Office).  This is a SEPARATE notebook. 

Mid-Semester Meeting:  No later than the Thursday after mid-semester break to discuss Journal entries and the paper topic.

Paper Outline:  Submit an outline of Final Paper (WITH a bibliography) NO later than the last Monday of March (for spring internship) or the 4th Monday of November (for a fall internship).  The paper will be due by the last day of class.

The paper should relate your internship experience to one or more courses.

Paper should focus on one or more of the following:

     1.   Observations which support/illustrate class material (readings and /or lectures).
     2.   Observations contradictory to above.
     3.   What did you learn that should be included in course?  Why?

Any paper submitted without an approved outline will not be accepted.  An “N” grade will be awarded.