Sociology Internship Program

Dr. Jacquelyn Litt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Faculty Director of the Sociology Internship Program

Kevin McCarthy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

List of Internship Sites

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Rutgers University Press - Editorial, Marketing, Production (Assist the press with all aspects of producing high-quality publications)

Student NJPIRG - Student Outreach, Leadership, and Advocacy Help to make an impact  (Assist with campaigns (ex. Save the Bees, Get out the Student Vote, and Break Free From Plastics)

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Researcher, Editor and/or Producer (Work with esteemed physicians advancing women’s health)

Rutgers BOLD Center for Leadership, Career & Personal Development (Help grow the program that prepares students to thrive)

Rutgers Dept. of Family and Community Health Sciences (Assist in conducting environmental analysis surveys, interviews, and focus groups to support the Healthy Corner Store Initiative)

Douglass College Office of Fund-Raising and Alumnae Relations (Get a chance to learn fund raising strategies and management in a nonprofit setting)

Grief Support Center for Children & Families (Good Grief teaches resiliency and facilitates healthy coping in the lives of more than 900 children each month by providing a caring and understanding environment that is like no other.)

AdvocacyNJ (This is an educational advocacy and NJDOE-approved evaluation center. Their mission is to educate families, advocate for children in the educational setting, train professionals regarding education, promote best practices in all aspects of a child’s wellbeing, and work toward systemic change in education.)

Youth Advocacy Program (YAP is a high-impact social justice nonprofit that provides community-based alternatives to youth incarceration, congregate placements and neighborhood violence.)

Garden State Equality (Garden State Equality lifts up the diverse voices of LGBTQ+ communities through education and advocacy to advance the movement for equality in New Jersey and nationally. Services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings.)

Franklin Food Bank (Serve and support the food needs of the local community.)

Are you interested in developing networks, new skills, and job preparation? Sociology is one of the few departments that offers majors and minors an internship opportunity that also counts for elective credit. We know that internships create important pathways toward your future employment while it allows you to apply your skills to the workplace. This is a chance for you to “try on a career” for a semester, and in some cases, a full academic year. You will also be able to discern how a sociology major or minor offers skills that can be great assets in the workplace.

The program is oriented toward your personal goals as we match your interests with the sites. In addition to your internship site mentor(s) you will also have the advantage of being part of a sociology department program which offers one-on-one mentoring with Professor Litt. You’ll also meet a community of other interns. In essence, the department’s mentoring is designed to complement the mentoring you will receive from your site manager.

We offer you two tracks in which to identify your internship 1) You can choose a site that interests you and is aligned with sociological perspectives (and we can help you with this) or 2) You can choose a site developed by the Sociology department. We list opportunities that have been vetted and try to fit your interests and skills to an appropriate site.

What you need to know

3.0 GPA is required. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Undergraduate Program Coordinator to indicate your interest in the program.

Review the site offerings below and prioritize your interests. Fill out the application form. Sign the DocuSign from the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Sociology undergraduates can earn up to three academic credits by working at an internship. Students who participate in an internship program for credit must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have junior or senior class standing and be approved by the Faculty Director of the Sociology Internship Program (Dr. Jacquelyn Litt) prior to the semester in which they wish to intern. Second-year students may be considered on a case by case basis.

Enroll in 01:920:482 for either 1.5 or 3 credits once the internship has been approved by the department with SPN supplied by Kevin McCarthy, Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Fulfill a minimum time commitment in the work setting. To receive 3 academic credits, students must work about 8 hours per week or a total of 112 hours over the course of the semester. To receive 1.5 academic credits, students must work about 4 hours per week or a total of 56 hours over the course of the semester. Time sheets from the internship are required, and students must earn a favorable work evaluation from their supervisor. 

Complete an end-of-semester project in which the setting and experiences are systematically analyzed. The final project will be determined in coordination with the Faculty Director. We allow a variety of options, recognizing that different internships may emphasize different skills. Typical options include a writing assignment, a podcast, a poster or a recorded interview. The final project must integrate what the student has learned in sociology with the work they completed in the internship.

The final grade in the internship course is based on the quality of the final project presentation, the evaluations of the Faculty Director, the Site Supervisor, reflection papers, and your participation in meetings. The course will count as a 300-level elective towards the Sociology major.

Students may take no more than two internships for course credit.  To apply, fill out the Internship Application (92K PDF).  If you would like it in MS Word form, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences Course (01:090:210)

You might also  consider enrolling in a course that will help to streamline your thinking about what happens when you leave Rutgers. Open to Sophomores, this 1.5 credit, graded elective course will help you develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a purpose-filled life and career. The course helps students connect their education to careers and to search/prepare for internships. It is a great prep for students before they begin an internship. See here for more information.