Internship Organizations

Some organizations where Sociology students have interned include:

  • Local Organizations Focused on Sustainability and Social Justice – For an internship in local sustainability, please contact Dr. Phoebe C. Godfrey. Internships include those on farming, healthcare, and humanitarian work. Some require the ability to drive. Locations and organizations can vary. For more information, see the pamphlet, which includes the links to various internship websites. Consult Dr. Godfrey about placement.
  • Sociologists for Women in Society is a nonprofit professional feminist organization dedicated to encouraging the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship; transforming the academy through feminist leadership, career development, and institutional diversity; promoting social justice through local, national, and international activism; supporting the publication and dissemination of cutting edge feminist social science. Visit the SWS website for more info.
  • UConn Honors Congressional Internship in DC – For more information, visit the Education Abroad website.
    • This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.  The five members of the United States House of Representatives and the two senators from Connecticut, in partnership with the Honors Program and Department of Political Science, are offering students interested in the workings of the US government the chance to spend the entire spring semester working in one of their offices in Washington.  As a full-time Congressional intern, UConn interns become part of that particular congressperson’s team of staffers.  Interns participate in staff meetings, attend committee meetings, research and write reports, and visit other offices on Capitol Hill. Interns also assist with your office’s constituent services including helping manage telephone and mail correspondence between your congressperson and his/her constituents, as well as leading constituent tours of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Interns work full-time and as such, are fully integrated into the operations of the office.  This opportunity provides not only first-hand knowledge about our federal government, but also a distinctive professional experience.
  • City Internships (CI) is an accelerated learning provider offering immersive, in-person programs that combine practical work experience-based training with cohort-based career workshops and seminars. All programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Visit the CI website for more info.
    • For 2018, CI will be offering spring, summer and fall programs in 18 locations, including New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Zurich, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires.
    • All programs feature an integral series of career-readiness classes and workshops, centered around an internship placement with a leading company in the student’s chosen city and field. Students may participate in a program in one of 18 cities, with a placement in one of 9 fields:  Banking & Financial services; Consulting & Professional services; Law & Politics; Technology & Engineering; Marketing, Advertising & PR; Media, Entertainment & Journalism; Art, Fashion & Design; Start-ups & Entrepreneurship; Charities, NFPs & NGOs.
  • Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund: CWEALF works to advance women and girls’ empowerment in Connecticut, especially with those in underprivileged communities. Student interns are unpaid and work in projects dealing with communications, development & fundraising, legal education, and public policy & advocacy. Please visit CWEALF for more information and directions on applying.
  • ConnPIRG Campus Internship: ConnPIRG interns work on campaigns in their school campus. There are many different projects that ConnPIRG engages in, such as increasing voter turnout, advocating for renewable energy, fighting poverty, and improving college experience. Students learn many skills, and can earn class credit. In order to apply, visit CONNPIRG Internship Application, and read more Campus Internships.
  • Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Co-Op Internship Program: The DESPP offers internship programs in many areas, including (but not limited to) Criminal Justice, Communications, & Fire Prevention and Control. Students list their location preferences before placement. Students must receive credit for participation. Priority is given to earlier applications. For more information, see Co-Op Internship Program.
  • International Rescue Committee Volunteer: The IRC works with refugees by helping them integrate in many ways. Volunteers will select an office around the country (the closest to Connecticut is in New York City) and assist with various tasks, including those in both the administrative and social fields. Some internship positions will take the interns around the world, though requirements for these positions vary. Find out more on the IRC’s website.
  • Internships with the Division of Public Defender Services: Students working with the Public Defender’s office will work with legal, social, and investigative manners. Priority applies to students studying criminal justice, and to those who apply early. Students can apply or find placement by themselves, but will be considered part of the same program. To find out more, Division of Public Defender Services provides other answers.
  • Judicial Branch Experiential Learning Program: This program offers students the ability to work with the state judicial branch. The ELP places students in court services based on the students’ preferences, and assigns them positions based on their own preferences as well. Programs are available for the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Priority varies based on applicants and might be given to students applying for credit. See application rules, qualifications and deadlines at Judicial Branch.
  • Malta House of Care Volunteer Positions: The Malta House of Care operates in a mobile clinic and provides health services to disadvantaged communities. Volunteers in the vehicle provide assistance to the physicians in providing for the patients. Volunteers can also work from a computer in other positions, such as assisting in crafting the newsletter. Based in Hartford, CT, learn more about the positions here.
  • My World Youth Advocate- Internship [3 Positions]: The United Nations Development Programme offers three positions in this selective and prestigious program. Interns will assist in spreading the UN’s MY World goals in order to make differences in peoples’ lives. If accepted, the student will travel around the world. Multi-lingual skills are necessary for this position. Read more My World Youth Advocate .
  • Planned Parenthood Volunteer & Internship Opportunities: In its Southern New England office located in New Haven, Planned Parenthood offers volunteer and internship/externship positions in both administrative and healthcare fields, as well as many more. Planned Parenthood strives to protect an individuals’ right to manage their own fertility and sexual health, and enhance knowledge of such rights. To learn more and apply, visit Volunteer & Internship Opportunities.
  • Summer Public Policy & Campaign Intern: The Drug Policy Alliance offers this program to students interested in raising drug policy awareness in New York. Students in the program demonstrate interest in criminal justice reform and civil liberties. No prior knowledge on drug policy is necessary. In order to apply, visit Jobs and Internships.
  • The Connection Intern/Volunteer: This organization offers internships in human service. Offering internships in the fields of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and community justice rehabilitation, The Connection is an option for a number of students in social fields. The student’s college facilitates the process. Access this link in order to apply. Note that positions are not always open and the link will indicate if so.
  • The Horizons Fellowship: Many students have pursued this program and received much acclaimed offers from companies such as Google and Amazon. The program, geared for all types of students, offers courses in web and mobile development, in order for students to build technological applications. Horizons offers fellowships in the summer as well as during the school year. No programming knowledge is necessary, and application forms and other information can be found at Horizons Immersive.
  • Travelers Summer Claim Professional Development Program Internship: Travelers has an internship program specializing in basic and moderate insurance claims. Students learn how to assess damage and how to negotiate in the program. The student must be living in the area where they have their internship. See more information here.