Qualified juniors or seniors may elect to take up to 12 hours of internship credit. A student intern works with a supervisor in an agency of the student’s choosing, here in Fredericksburg or in the wider region. In rare circumstances it may be possible to have an internship in a remote location. A member of the department is the academic advisor for the internship, and helps the student relate the intern experience to academic sociology or anthropology.
For a sociology internship, a qualified student must have completed at least SOCG 105: Social World and six credits of upper-level work before enrolling in an internship. Anthropology internships may be counted towards the major; in sociology they are not. Whether the internship is counted in the major or not, it is a useful learning experience that may help clarify career choices and that often leads to a job after graduation
You can learn about available internships through the Office of Career Services, by talking to your academic advisor or the career advisor for your discipline. The career advisors in sociology are Dr. Leslie Martin and Dr. Debra Schleef. In anthropology the career advisor is Dr. Jason James.
Sociology and Anthropology majors have completed internships at many organizations and institutions in the area, including:
Social Service Agencies
Refugee Resettlement Services- Catholic Diocese
Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice Carolynn Nesmith firstname.lastname@example.org
Research and Other:
The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
Geologics, (Alexandria) – Human Resources intern
Human Rights Campaign – LGBT equality
MVLE – Springfield organization providing opportunities for those with disabilities