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The Sociology Program at SUNY Plattsburgh offers students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to problems and issues beyond the classroom. Our internship program is designed to let you make connections between "book learning" and the "real-world".
There are two parts to the internship:
Answer: You decide. Any government agency, community service organization, local business. Tell us what you want to do; we are likely to approve any reasonable proposal.
In past semesters, students have chosen to work with organizations such as:
Answer: Hours (and credits) can vary. You and the internship site will decide how many hours meets your needs and their needs. For the internship itself, hours and credits match approximately as follows:
SOC 498 pass/fail
In addition, you will take the internship seminar in the fall semester, which is SOC 497 for a letter grade (3 credits). So you could earn a total of 12 credits (9 + 3) for the semester.
Answer: During advisement/registration for fall semester (usually in March & April):
We'll let you know if you're accepted into the program and give you instructions then for registration and for finalizing arrangements with the internship site.
Answer: Yes! You can do the internship here in Plattsburgh or in your home town. Just indicate on the application form that you'll be doing it during the summer. You'll still have to take the internship seminar in the fall, so count on that.
Answer: In the seminar, you and other student interns will discuss your respective internship sites, their structures and concerns. Together, you will have an opportunity to critically evaluate these experiences and discuss broad issues common to the group-issues such as the problems of bureaucracies, limitations of funding, and ways of fostering institutional and social change.
During the semester, you will be asked to participate in and occasionally lead discussions, read articles and books assigned, and produce a research paper. The paper, on a topic relating to your placement site, will be a scholarly effort applying social science theories and findings to your experiences in the real world.
Answer: If you have questions or would like to investigate how to set up an internship, please contact
Office: Redcay 235
If you would like to learn more about the sociology program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Sandra Rezac, Chair
Office: Redcay Hall 247
Phone: (518) 564-4218