SOC 350N • Research Internship
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills learned in your sociology and other Liberal Arts classes by serving as an unpaid intern in an agency, organization, or business in the Austin area. As an intern, you'll work under the supervision of someone at your agency/organization/business for a minimum of 130 hours during the semester (approximately 10-12 hours per week). The internship will provide a substantive educational experience that will enable you to utilize your academic training in a real world setting.
You're ultimately responsible for securing your own internship, although the instructor is available suggest possibilities and help you contact people. The sooner you get started, the better. You're strongly encouraged to discuss your proposed internship with the instructor, as she has to approve all placements. You'll work with your instructor and supervisor to complete a service learning agreement outlining your learning objectives, duties, and responsibilities.
As part of the internship, you'll attend a seminar aimed at helping you utilize sociological knowledge to analyze your field experiences. An important objective is cultivating the "sociological imagination" and learning to use it in an applied setting. The seminar will also provide a forum where your can discuss your field experiences, including problematic ones, with your peers and the instructor. Several representatives from community organizations will address the seminar.
5 Journal Assignments (2-3 pages) 25%
Seminar participation 15%
Supervisor's Evaluation 10%
Final Paper (8-10 pages) 40%
Oral Paper Presentation 10%
You're allowed two (2) absences without penalty during the semester. If you miss more than two classes, your semester grade will be reduced by one percentage point for each absence beyond the two allowed. There are two exceptions to this policy. One concerns absences for religious holidays, assuming advance notification is given. The second involves internship related absences. If you're absent due to an exceptional internship requirement, and if you bring a note from your supervisor, I won't count the absence. But as a general rule, your supervisor needs to understand that regular seminar attendance is expected.
Required and optional readings will be made available in a packet and/or on Blackboard.