Sociology Internships

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:

  1. Start thinking about and searching for your internship before the term in which you plan to enroll.
  2. Consider how a particular internship will fit in with and enhance your own education and interests.
  3. Be prepared to show your potential supervisor how having you as an intern will contribute to the organization.
  4. 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 2018-2019, Dr.Liz Johnston805-756-1230, Bldg. 47, Rm. 12K

Below are some of the internship positions available as well as placement information:

  • Achievement House
    NCI Affiliates and Achievement House are nonprofit agencies providing vocational training and community living services and programs for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.

  • CAPSLO Community Action Partnership helps individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability through programs that focus on high-quality early childhood education accessible, affordable dependent care addressing barriers to safe, affordable housing and basic needs health services and education resource connection and navigation
  • Central Coast Hospice
    Provides companionship, emotional support and respite care to end-of-life patients and their families.

  • Child Welfare Services (CWS)
    A government entity offering a broad variety of services and programs developed to ensure the safety and stability of children and youth in our community from abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

    A paid internship is available to assist in searching for family members of youth placed in foster care.

  • Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center
    Agency works with victims of crime and assists with victim case notification, status of criminal case, court accompaniment, collaborates with probation for restitution for victims and outreach projects.

  • 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

  • Hobson, Bernardino, Davis LLP
    Big Impact. Boutique Size. Big law firm experience + sophistication on a nimble platform. It’s that simple.

  • 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
    Assists 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

  • Peace Academy in SLO
    A K-12 enrichment education program that focuses on providing a "learning environment with the most comprehensive standards in the sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Our programs are designed for students to strengthen individuality, seek their potential, and maximize their opportunity to learn and contribute. While building bridges of respect among each other and the environment, students will experience the richness of coexisting among people of diverse faiths, cultures, and backgrounds."

  • Pregnancy & Parenting Support of San Luis Obispo (also known as ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support)
    Nonprofit agency providing services that include case management, infant essentials, and referrals to community resources including Department of Social Services, medical offices and local community based agencies.

  • 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 Sheriff'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

  • Stand Strong
    Agency provides services to victims of intimate partner violence/domestic violence and child abuse.

  • Transitional Food and Shelter, Inc.
    Volunteer Agency providing housing for disabled.

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