Ways of Practicing: Internship
The course Ways of Practicing: Internship (SOC 4000) offers sociology majors and minors an opportunity to do sociology. The course provides students a unique chance to experience possible career interests, to learn from those already working in the field, and to establish contacts that may be helpful in acquiring full-time employment. Working in the field, and using and applying the sociological perspective, are integral and vital activities in the sociological tradition.
Students who take the course select from a range of possible supervised field work opportunities within a variety of agencies. In return for their contribution to the day-to-day activities of the agency, students receive direct professional supervision, valuable field experience, and four credits toward graduation.
Students volunteer at the placement agency between 12 and 15 hours each week. Students arrange with the supervisor at their placement an agreed-upon work schedule, specific responsibilities, and tasks expected to be accomplished over the course of the placement. These agreements are stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding document which is signed by the student, the agency supervisor, and the Chair of the Department of Sociology.
In addition to the responsibilities the students assume as part of their placement, the academic component requires that each student meet on a periodic basis with the Chair of the Department of Sociology to discuss his/her internship experiences and progress toward applying the sociological perspective to them.
The course grade, therefore, is based on two components:
- A Placement Evaluation of Student Performance
- A Course Project where the student applies some type of sociological analysis to his/her field work experiences.
Recent students in the Internship course have been placed at a variety of agencies, including:
- Cervizzi & Associates, Attorneys at Law
- Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
- Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
- Haverhill District Court
- Landmark Senior Living Community at Oceanview
- Lawrence Public Schools