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Sociology & Anthropology

Internship Guidelines 

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology strongly encourages its Majors to participate in academic internships.

Internships are particularly important true for students who plan to enter the job market upon graduation or who plan to pursue professional post-graduate training in fields such as Social Work or Public Health. Anthropology students may find an Academic Internship an effective way to gather the ethnographic data required for the Anthropology Capstone.

A Sample of Previous Sites of Academic Internships in Sociology and Anthropology

  • Safe Place
  • Williamson County Health District
  • SU Diversity Education
  • Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • Casa Marianella
  • Alliance for Children and Families Policy Office
  • Texas Memorial Museum
  • Council for a Livable World
  • Legal Aid of Central Texas
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Salvation Army
  • United States Embassy
  • Georgetown Project
  • DC Rape Crisis Center
  • Helping Hand Home for Children
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • AIDS Services of Austin
  • Lance Armstrong Foundation

Sociology and Anthropology students should make use of the Southwestern Sociology/Anthropology Alumni network as they look for a location for an internship (see Alumni Directory).

Policies and Procedures for Academic Internships in Sociology and Anthropology
The University has general policies for Academic Internships (see Catalog), but each department has their own more specific policies. In Sociology and Anthropology:

  • Student should contact a potential faculty advisor to determine if they will be available. Ideally, this initial contact should be made the semester before the student wishes to register for the internship.
  • Only declared majors may earn credit for internships. Anthropology students should have completed their first year. Sociology students should be of junior or senior standing.
  • Students may earn between 1 and 6 credit hours, with each credit hour requiring roughly 40 hours of on-site work, and spread throughout a 10-15 week period. A typical 3 hour internship requires 120 hours of on-site work or roughly 10 hours per week.
  • The specific requirements for an internship are determined by the advising faculty member and the student. Typically, faculty will require that students 1) maintain a reflective journal on their internship experience, 2) read a set of articles and/or books on the themes that arise during the internships, 3) write paper(s) and/or conduct on-site research that pushes students to engage in a scholarly consideration of their internship experiences 4) meet at a mutually defined frequency with the faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor will also communicate with the on-site internship supervisor to assess the quality of the internship work.

How to Arrange an Academic Internship

Students who are interested in Academic Internships must first determine that there will be a faculty member in the department available to supervise an internship. Students should then contact the office of Career Services and become familiar with their requirements as described in “The Student Guide to Academic Internships.” Students must complete all steps required in The Guide before they can pre-register for an Academic Internship. The Internship Coordinator of Career Services, Maria Kruger, will give each student a “blue card” indicating that the student has completed these steps. Students should then meet with the faculty member in the department who can supervise the internship to discuss the details, expectations, etc. Please note that while it is essential for student to coordinate their effort to secure an Academic Internship with the Internship Coordinator and a faculty supervisor, it is not the responsibility of either of them to find an internship for a student.