All Sociology majors are required to complete at least one internship, usually in their junior or senior year. This is important because there’s nothing like practical hands-on experience to see how well you can use what you are studying in your classes. Besides, you get to test out what you are interested in doing after graduation, and maybe try new things. In the term you do your internship, you attend a seminar about learning on the job, figuring out workplace culture, and professionalism. You also complete a certain number of required hours at your site—the number of hours depends on how many credits you are taking for the internship. The Sociology Major requires at least two credit hours, but some students opt for more, up to four.
All our internship sites are carefully chosen and evaluated by a dedicated, highly professional Alverno Internship Program staff, and you go through a process with them and your Sociology advisor to choose the best site for your needs and goals. There are literally hundreds of sites available in the Milwaukee metro area where we have placed Sociology students. And sometimes, if you have a chance to internship outside the area, we can arrange that too—even internationally. Your work as an intern is formally mentored on site and evaluated by an Alverno faculty member, so you get a very good sense of your strengths and areas to improve.
Here’s a list of some of the sites where Sociology students have interned in just the past couple of years:
Here’s what some recent students have to say about their internship experiences: