Adriann Annan, 2017
B.S. Social Sciences-Sociology
“I work for Hilti North America training to be a level 2 account manager and should be moving to the east coast within 10 months. Hilti recruited me through LinkedIn and said they were interested in me based on my skills and the way I presented myself online. Developing my LinkedIn profile was a required assignment during Internship II. In a way, Professor Mackey is responsible for helping me jump into a career before I graduated! Hilti has an inclusive and diverse environment and their service to the community is amazing. I’m thrilled with my decision to join their team!”
Charlotte Stoots, 2017
B.S. Community Counseling
“I saved Internship II until my last semester. I thought that would give me a better chance of getting hired at DHS. I was lucky enough to be placed with a great group of DHS workers who all offered to be references for me when I applied for a permanent position. RSU taught me so much, I felt prepared going into this field (child welfare). This type of job puts you in a role of major responsibility – taking care of kids! We work with parents to achieve their safety plans and get them needed assistance to get their kids back in their care. This is exactly what I went to school for!”
Internships in Psychology, Sociology, and Community Counseling
Internships are an important part of learning; they provide students the opportunity to practice skills and experience how theories learned in class are demonstrated in the real world. Each student majoring in psychology, sociology or community counseling will complete two internship experiences before graduating.
Internships are supervised under the Social and Behavioral Science course numbers SBS 4033 (Internship I) and SBS 4043 (Internship II). Both are blended courses which means students will have some in class meetings and graded assignments as well as time with a host agency or internship site. These courses are offered each semester allowing flexibility in student scheduling.
The following is a brief comparison between topics covered in class.
Internship I (SBS 4033)
- Career Assessment
- Resume Preparation
- Career Correspondence
- Search Strategies
- Presentation Preparation
Internship II (SBS 4043)
- Conflict Resolution
- Strengths Assessment
- Market Value/Negotiation
- Post-Graduation Plans
- Mock Interviews
- Accepting/Rejecting Offers
- Online Presence
Both courses include 60 hours of onsite work with an agency or site approved by the instructor or internship committee. Hours prior to approval will not count toward internship. Final grades for internship courses include a combination of assignments and class participation as well as ratings and assessment from site supervisors.
Please refer to the Student Internship Handbook (pdf) for more information and internship forms.
Community Partners and Host Agencies
The Department of Psychology and Sociology greatly appreciates our intern partners. Internships not only benefit students, but host agencies as well; including provision of additional resources to clients, impacting the future through guiding experiences, and generating new ideas related to their fields. Below is a list of our internship partners:
If you are considering hosting an intern at your agency please contact one of the program coordinators:
Internship Search Boards: