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The internship program provides graduate students in the MA program in Sociology with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in professional settings appropriate for their academic background and career objectives. We expect that students will gain insights into different work settings for sociologists and learn how to apply their academic skills, and that the intern will be of assistance to the sponsoring agency.


  • Classified graduate student in the MA program in sociology.
  • Student is making satisfactory progress in the program (grade of B- or above in all graduate courses).
  • Criminal background check, if required by employer.


  • Submission of application form, current resume unofficial transcripts, confidentiality agreement, and criminal background check (if needed).
  • Internships have to be selected from a list of possible internship sites available in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at ISU.
  • Students select the internship site and contact the supervisor at the internship site.
  • Students accepted into the internship program are required to devise specific guidelines for the internship (contract) with the Sociology Graduate Director and the onsite supervisor before the internship begins.
  • In order to receive internship credits, all paperwork must be completed before the internship begins.

Registration and Credit

  • Students will need to enroll in the department course SOC 5559 for 1 – 3 credits (if needed).
  • SOC 5559 can be repeated for up to 6 credits.
  • Internship courses are closed classes. Students will need a registration override from the Sociology Graduate Director.
  • Internship credits will be counted towards elective course credits required for the Master’s program in sociology.
  • The maximum number of internship credits applied toward requirements in the MA program may be repeated for up to 6 credits.
  • The internship course will be graded with a letter grade. Failure to complete all requirements for the internship will lead to an unsatisfactory grade.


  • Duties and responsibilities of the intern will be agreed to by the Sociology Graduate Director, the intern supervisor, and the intern, and will be outlined in the internship contract.
  • Course requirements include regular meetings with the Sociology Graduate Director throughout the semester, weekly logs reporting the hours worked, papers outlining the nature of the internship, describing the internship experience, problems encountered, solution of problems, and a discussion and evaluation of the relevance of the internship to the academic training of the student.
  • Students are required to read, sign, and promise to abide by the ASA Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Student interns are required to keep confidential any information designated by the sponsor as privileged.

Hours worked in the internship per credit are as follows:

Number of hours of work per week required per credit*:

Number of CreditsNumber of hours
1 3
2 6
3 9

*Hours for credits can be done as 1-3 hour shifts on 1-3 days/week

Number of hours of work required for semester per credit (based on 16 weeks/semester):

Number of CreditsNumber of hours
1 48
2 96
3 144


  • Interns will be evaluated by their internship coordinator and the Sociology Graduate Director. Unsatisfactory performance may result in the intern’s termination and a failing grade (if needed).
  • The course grade will be determined by the specific academic requirements established by the Sociology Graduate Director, and work evaluation by the internship coordinator, including attendance.

Checklist for paperwork to be completed before internship begins

  • Application form
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Confidentiality agreement
  • ASA Code of Ethics, signed by intern
  • Criminal background check (if needed)
  • Internship contract outlining the internship duties and responsibilities, the academic requirements, and the basis for the internship evaluation signed by the intern, the Sociology Graduate Director, and the intern supervisor.

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