Internships

Internships Fair

Internships are an important aspect of your undergraduate experience allowing you to apply the skills you have gained from your academic pursuits in practical work environments.  Sociology majors find internship opportunities in a variety of ways:

  • Attend the annual campus career fairs held in September: ACES + LAS; GIES Business; and Engineering.  Our students have found opportunities at all three of these fairs
  • Sign up and utilize Handshake https://grad.illinois.edu/careers/handshake
  • Connect and Network via your LinkedIn Account
  • Identify organizations or offices on campus you are interested in and approach them about internship opportunities
  • Identify organizations/companies in your local area to connect with for possibly internship experiences
  • Watch the weekly Sociology Department Advising newsletter for posted opportunities

Learn more about local volunteer opportunities:

Current & Recent Student Internships:

  • Spiros Law Firm
  • Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons - Campaign, Criminal Justice Panel and CourtWatch Intern
  • McKinley Health Center 
  • University of Illinois Office of Admissions
  • Crossing Healthcare Crossing Recovery Center
  • Melrose Park Elementary
  • Gold Standard Baking Inc.
  • Cline Center for Advanced Social Research
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • FBI
  • The Black Sheep
  • Carle Foundation Hospital

Read what recent Sociology graduates have said about their internship experiences:

As a senior with a major in Sociology I decided that completing an internship was something I could really benefit from. As an off campus student I began to branch out in an attempt to find the internship that would offer me the most opportunities. I ended up looking into Crossing Health Care, which is a federally qualified health center that provides care to a lot of marginalized and underserved communities. One of the populations that Crossing Health Care provides services for is those who suffer from opioid and alcohol substance abuse problems. These services are administered through Crossing Recovery Center. Interning through Crossing Recovery Center allowed me to get hands on experience with patients. This involved full observatory access to their cases and their treatment plans as well as helping in facilitating one on one sessions and groups. Along with the hands on experience I also had access to a number of books used to aid counselors in their treatment services of patients. I would urge any student that intends to take on an internship to not only jump at any hands on experience opportunities but to also indulge in any learning opportunity. The knowledge and skill set that I gained through my internship is not something that can be taught in a classroom environment. It also opened up the opportunity for me to secure my first entry level position.    Amberlyn Sumpter

 

My initial interest in Sociology was sparked by a brochure. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where my college career was taking me. Soon after arrival I knew I was in the right place. The variety of classes and opportunities to explore any interest was amazing. From history and literature to science and statistics, any interest can be found in the framework of study within UIUC sociology. Post graduate, I will be working as a Data Analyst for Allstate within their marketing department. I credit this opportunity to my background in research, demographics, and the study of society as a whole-- in all of my Sociology classes at UIUC. Professionally, I have held internships in a variety of fields and personally, I have a deeper understanding of myself and those around me. In a dark world, the professors and administrators within the sociology department, here at UIUC, are an absolute beacon of empathy and awareness.  Matthew Groebe