One of the hallmarks of the PLU sociology program is the opportunity for students to receive career field training before they graduate. Students may gain important career experience at the many public and private social agencies that employ PLU sociology students as interns.
Students may earn from 1-4 credits of SOCI 495 working in an internship that combines academic learning with hands-on experience in the field. This is a great way to gain valuable work experience and to learn more about potential career paths.
Private shelters for battered women, homeless shelters, social welfare agencies, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office provide ongoing opportunities to develop sociology skills in a work setting. Students can also make important contributions and gain valuable experience as a volunteer at agencies such as the YWCA, United Way, the Urban League, and Centro Latino.
Students interested in earning internship credit through SOCI 495 should consult the internship database to get a preliminary idea of the types of internships available to PLU students. Students apply for internships and register for internship credit in consultation with the Department chair. Read the Sociology Internship Policy for more information.
Because it can take several weeks to secure an internship placement, the Department recommends making arrangements for internships the semester before students plan to participate in one. Internships are not required of sociology students at PLU. SOCI 495 credits fulfill elective credits in the major and minor.