Students in the Sociology program are expected to take the initiative in locating and arranging their own internships. The list below contains organizations that offer or have offered internships to qualified applicants in the past, but note that inclusion here is no guarantee that a position is currently available. This list may also help to give you some ideas about what sorts of organizations you wish to apply to.
As you prepare for your internship, please consider the following:
- Start thinking about and searching for your internship before the term in which you plan to enroll.
- Consider how a particular internship will fit in with and enhance your own education and interests.
- Be prepared to show your potential supervisor how having you as an intern will contribute to the organization.
- Make sure that you and your supervisor have a clear understanding in advance about what your duties will be and how you will be evaluated.
If you have any questions or need further guidance, please contact the Sociology Internship coordinator:
- For 2016-2017, Dr.Robert Schaeffer, 805-756-1720, Bldg. 47, Rm. 12Q
Below are some of the internship positions available as well as placement information:
- Central Coast Hospice
Provide companionship, emotional support and respite care to end-of-life patients and their families
- Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Agency provides advocacy services for abused and neglected children
- Family Care Network, Inc.
Agency provides wide array of community-based services to families and children
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (PDF)
ICPSR is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. ICPSR's data are the foundation for thousands of research articles, reports, and books.
- Independent Living Program
Assist youth ages 16-21 who are currently or formerly in foster care
- Institute of Reading Development
Teaches developmental reading programs for students of all ages
- Love Volunteers
Currently operating in 34 developing countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and The Americas. Love Volunteers provide safe, rewarding and meaningful voluntary service projects abroad to students and recent graduates and will assist them in finding and securing a meaningful volunteer placement that is well suited to their experience, interests and education.
- Panetta Congressional Internship Program
This internship provides an opportunity for students to enhance their educational experience by providing real-world engagement with the work of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service.
- Parents Helping Parents
Part of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of SLO. Ongoing work experience and opportunities for students in the non-profit social science area of employment. Reach PHP directly at 805-549-8148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Restorative Partners
Volunteer Agency that works with victims of crime as well as the incarcerated
- RISE (Formerly the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center-SARP)
Agency that deals with sexual assault prevention and crisis intervention
- San Luis Obispo County Sherriff's Office
A Unit that provides county jail inmates with programs and services to reduce their likelihood to recidivate.
- Sexual-Assault Free Environment Resource at Cal Poly
Presentations and workshops to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention and intervention
- Transitional Food and Shelter, Inc.
Volunteer Agency providing housing for disabled
- Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County
Agency provides services to victims of intimate partner violence/domestic violence and child abuse.