Internships are one of the most important steps you can take toward future employment. Fifty percent of internships turn into jobs either with the original organization, or because of a connection made through the internship. Internships can help you gain experience for your résumé, aid you in making career choices, help establish credentials and contacts in your job field, and integrate the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom with the realities of the world of work.
The internship program in Sociology and Criminology provides students with structured work experience related to the field and an opportunity to earn academic credit. To complete the internship, you must fulfill a time commitment in the work setting, compile field notes recording your experiences, and complete several brief writing assignments in which you systematically analyze that setting and your experiences. The assignments are designed to merge what you’ve learned in the classroom, with the work you’re completing in the internship.
How will an internship help me?
- Explore career options and professional interests
- Make connections with experienced professionals and potential mentors
- Develop professional experience and build your resume
- Gain marketable skills and self-confidence
- Apply knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom in a professional setting
Finding an Internship
Locating an internship is the responsibility of the student. Talk to an advisor or visit Career Services about your career interests and to obtain help in narrowing your career focus.
Liberal Arts majors are encouraged to visit the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network website for more information about internship opportunities, career-related activities, and professional development events. In particular, by using their Nittany Lion Careers accounts, Liberal Arts majors can search for internships, upload resumes for review, RSVP for upcoming events, and schedule appointments with a Network staff member to talk about resumes, specific career interests, or funding opportunities to support enrichment experiences.
Advertised opportunities are those that are posted, much like traditional jobs, such as company websites, job boards and other job posting systems. Many advertised internships are a part of established internship programs that offer additional support and learning opportunities.
Job & Internship Fairs
Penn State offers several career fairs throughout the year. The department also hosts an annual mentoring workshop for all students.
LA 495 Internship Program
If your internships interests lie outside the CRIM or SOC majors, you may want to consider the general LA 495 internship program, which is open to all majors in Liberal Arts. For more information, go to www.la.psu.edu/current-students/cen/internships. *Note: General internship credits may be used only for elective credits.
The Washington Internship Program
Students may also be interested in the Penn State Washington Internship Program. The Washington Internship Program helps students in finding meaningful internships appropriate to their interests and career goals. In the past, students have worked with environmental groups, congressional committees, and other special interest groups. The program also provides housing, special events, and helps students who are interested in credit for their internship. For more information, visit their Website at: http://comm.psu.edu/current/washington-program.
For further information on the internship program and process, please contact the Internship Coordinator at the information below:
Please watch for Department emails via our listserv from Kellie Karaky for announcements.
Interns will need to complete a newsletter. These newsletters illustrate the student’s overall internship experience.
Below are some examples
Internship Information for Agencies
The internship program is recognized by both students and alumni as one of the most valuable experiences of a student’s academic career. It provides students the opportunity to integrate their classroom experiences with work experience preparing the students by exposing them to other professionals in the field and to the work environment in a way that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Serving as a supervisor for an intern not only permits you to participate in student growth, but also in the development of your organization’s future work force. Interns often bring new skills and knowledge with them to apply in their new work setting. They can add a fresh perspective and make a real contribution to your agency.
Supervisors are expected to:
- Allow the student the opportunity to apply classroom learning in an agency setting.
- Encourage the development of a professional identity and appropriate set of skills.
- Provide the student with a broad overview of the operations of the agency.
- Help students identify and clarify their career interests.
- Evaluate the student’s professional performance on the internship.
The internship will also allow you to observe and evaluate potential staff members.
If you or your organization would like to provide an internship opportunity for a current student, you can get started with the recruitment process by emailing the Career Enrichment Network at email@example.com or by calling (814) 865-1070.