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Internships are a great way to prepare for a career in human services. Any student in sociology may complete the Community Services Internship  (SOC 395) as part of their program of study. 

The Community Services Internship (SOC 395) is also an important component of the Community Services Track, which is one of the four optional tracks in the sociology major. It offers students a unique opportunity to bridge their coursework with supervised pre-professional experience by participating in the operations of state and local public agencies and non-profit organizations. Examples include, but are not limited to, crisis prevention services, individual and family counseling services, social service agencies, and disability services agencies among others.

 

Sociology Internships

As a senior Sociology major at UAH, Jhomaira Chaina Corrales worked as an intern at the Food Bank of North Alabama. Corrales came to UAH from her home country of Peru. Her interest in community work prompted her to enroll in the community services internship.

SOC 395 is a three-credit course and includes supervised academic assignments that enable students to see the connection between academic research and clinical practice. In addition to gaining real-world experience and making personal and professional connections, students in the internship will be able to apply the knowledge, skills, and curiosity that they have cultivated in the classroom in service to their community. The internship also promotes civic engagement by linking UAH and its students to the greater Huntsville-Madison County area.

Requirements

To enroll in SOC 395, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Sociology major with community services track
  • 9 credits in sociology at UAH
  • Approval of the Sociology Internship Coordinator and Department Chair

Course requirements will vary, but will generally include:

  • 125 hours of supervised field experience
  • Developing/completing a reading list
  • Keeping a journal and writing reports
  • Meetings with the Sociology Internship Coordinator
  • Assignments and/or a term paper relating to the internship

The student is required to initiate contact with an agency of their choosing. This may be done independently or in close consultation with Dr. Bhavani Sitaraman, Sociology Internship Coordinator, sitarab@uah.edu.