Why internships are important for Sociology majors
Internships should connect real-world, outside-the-classroom experience to concepts and knowledge learned in the classroom. Internships can be a valuable part of the undergraduate experience, providing experience critical to future employment or graduate work.
Few occupations at the B.A. level will include "sociologist" in their title. That said, the sociological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide range of occupations. Students who graduate with a B.A. in Sociology and enter the job market directly will find themselves competing with other students, but with an advantage - a critical understanding of key social factors and structures, and a firm grasp on research design and methods.
However, the advantages of being a Sociology major are only as good as you can translate them for a potential employer in terms of concrete skills acquired through actual work experiences. This is why an internship is a valuable way to start developing these skills and experiences.
Find existing internships by using these campus resources to get started:
Getting academic credit for your internship
Sociology and Sociology-Organizational Studies majors have many opportunities to do one or more internships during their time at UC Davis. Depending on the type of internship, students who have completed 84 total UC Davis units may be eligible to receive upper division units under SOC 192 credit. This involves the student finding a faculty member who will sponsor them for their internship. For more information, speak with an undergraduate advisor.
Sectors, fields and/or industries to look for internships as a Sociology major
- Criminal Justice
- International NGOs
- Law/Legal Professionals
- Law Enforcement
- Social Services