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SOC 497: Field Experience in Sociology

Participating in an internship is a great way to put classroom learning into practical experience. While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship, you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, these opportunities encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation.

Below are your two options for earning experiential credits. Please meet with your academic advisor before making a final decision regarding which option is best for you.

SOC 497: Field Experience in Sociology


  • Junior or Senior standing
  • 6 credits in sociology beyond 100
  • Open only to Sociology majors
  • Permission of instructor


  • Field experience in Sociology
  • Experience in an approved government agency or non-profit organization
  • In additional to on-site work, there is a weekly seminar with a variety of assignments
  • 3 – 6 credits (Graded)
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be earned


ITR302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
  • Available free elective credits
  • Good academic and social standing


  • Earn between 6 – 15 free elective credits
  • ITR 302 (field experience) 3 – 12 credits (S/U Only)
  • ITR 304 (seminar) 3 credits (Graded)
  • Seminar offered online and in class (in class – spring only)


Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a SAMPLE of placements in which students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • Adult Probation and Parole
  • Boys & Girls Club- Pawtucket
  • Cranston Police Department
  • Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
  • Fogarty for Rhode Island Committee
  • Hopkinton Police Department
  • International Institute of RI
  • Learning Works for Kids
  • Make – A – Wish Foundation of RI
  • Meadowbrook Waldorf School
  • Narragansett Brewing Company
  • Narragansett High School
  • Narragansett Police Dept
  • Perspectives Corporation
  • Rhode Island Cultural Educational Enrichment Program
  • RI Dept. of Attorney General
  • RI State Government Intern Program
  • Sojourner House Inc
  • South Kingstown School Department
  • State of RI -Dept of Corrections Adult Probation & Parole
  • The Kent Center
  • URI Athletics
  • URI Athletics and The Ryan Center
  • URI Women`s Center

Out-Of-State Internships

  • Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell Barnstable Sheriffs Office
  • Biocollections
  • Bradley Beach Police Dept
  • Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis
  • DS Recording Studio 362
  • Hartford City Mission
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County Inc.
  • Pepsi bottling Group
  • Saratoga Springs Picnic & Campgrounds
  • Somerset Police Dept

Sources: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011

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