An internship is a short-term experience working within a “real world” organization that lines up with your intended career plans or a work environment you'd like to explore. It’s a way not only to find out if the field you’d like to work in is what you imagined, but also to start accumulating experience for your first professional resume. Internships commonly (but not always) occur during the summer semesters and can range from just a few hours a week to a full-time 40+ hour week. You might be paid as an intern, but you can also construct an internship by volunteering time to learn more about working in a particular field or industry.
The best place to start looking for an internship is your family, friends, and community networks. In conjunction with this, cast a wide net by utilizing U-M's resources. First stop: The Career Center. The Finding an Internship page on their site is a good place to review the basics. The Career Center Connector tool lists internship postings specifically for U-M students.The Center also hosts job and internship fairs that are a fantastic opportunity to show interest in a particular organization and begin networking.
The Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center also has a page about internships and how to search for one.
You can earn one academic credit (SOC 396) per internship for relevant experiences paired with thoughtful sociological inquiry. The credit is earned not necessarily by the time spent in the internship setting, but by crafting an academic essay connecting a significant experience “in the field” to coursework within the Department.
The list below includes internship search engines and organized internship programs that past sociology concentrators have found useful.
If you know of an internship opportunity that you think other concentrators should know about or find an inactive web link, please let us know.
Union Scholars Program, for students of color interested in union organizing
Public Service Programs
Public Health Programs