Sociology Careers and Internships
Students majoring in sociology acquire knowledge and skills that lead to a wide variety of careers that contribute to human lives. For example, sociology majors are prepared for graduate school and for careers in law, politics, social justice, community development, social work, and human service organizations. Sociology majors can make a contribution to any organization that needs people who can identify and analyze problems and thus contribute to their resolution.
Organizations that address social problems such as the following.
- Homeless shelters and housing first programs
- Emergency food pantries and meals programs
- Tenant rights and low-income home ownership programs
- Departments of children and families
- Social and youth services
- Organizations that assist youth who are having trouble in school
- Criminal justice (e.g., district attorneys, probation offices, police departments, human and legal rights)
- Health organizations (e.g., AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, hospice)
Other service organizations such as the following.
- Community centers
- Family services
- Child-care services
- After-school youth programs
- Organizations that serve immigrants
- School counseling programs
- Legal services
- YMCAs, YWCAs, and JCCs
Political organizations such as the following.
- Legislative offices
- Political campaigns
- Advocacy organizations (e.g., environmentalist groups)
- Social justice organizations
- Anti-poverty organizations
- Gender-equity organizations
- Organizations whose goal is to improve the lives of gay/lesbian/bisexual people
- Organizations whose goal is to improve the lives of Latinx-Americans, African-Americans, and other people of color
Schools and other education-focused organizations, such as the following.
- Schools and educational advocacy organization (teachers’ unions, support service organizations) working with teachers, counselors, social workers, and administrators
Sociology students have taken on internships in a variety of locations where they’ve explored their interests and gotten a feel for the types of work they may be doing after graduating.
Examples of Internship Sites
- Department of Children and Families
- Gardening in the Community
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Hampden County Victim Witness Advocate Program
- High School of Science and Technology: Adjustment Counseling
- MassMutual: Human Resources
- Casa YMCA Tijuana: Counseling and Teaching
- New England Farm Workers Council: Case Management
- Sisters of Providence Health System: Substance Abuse Counseling