General Information

The OSU Sociology Internship Program is designed to provide students with an applied social science opportunity that combines practical work experience with academic knowledge.

Students enroll in SOC 410 (Internship) to receive credit for their internship work.  Credit for SOC 410 is variable.  Students can earn one credit for each 30 hours of internship work they complete (e.g., 3 hours per week over a ten-week term), up to a total of 12 credits.  Six credits of SOC 410 may be applied to the SOC major, two credits may be applied to the SOC minor. Grades for SOC 410 are A-F are based on the following:  

  • Verification of hours worked
  • Submission of a Reflection Journal
  • Submission of Evaluations

In addition to SOC 410, all internship students have the option of earning two additional credits of SOC 406 (Projects) that will require a 20-page research paper that combines academic sources with the internship experience.  Grades for SOC 406 are A-F and are based on the quality of the paper submitted. The Internship Director will provide the guidelines for the paper assignment. The two credits of SOC 406 will apply to your Sociology credits. 

You must meet with the Internship Director and receive approval prior to beginning an internship.  If there are questions about how the credits will apply to your degree requirements, please consult your advisor. 

The Internship Director is Brett Burkhardt.  His office is in 400B Bexell and he can be contacted at or 541-737-2310.  Email is the preferred contact method of communication.  If there are questions about how the credits will apply to your degree requirements, please consult your advisor.

Finding an Internship

Students are responsible for finding an internship.  It can take the form of a formal internship or volunteer work or service learning.  The internship should be related to your work in Sociology and your future career plans. Internships are open to Ecampus students and do not have to be located in Corvallis.  The Internship Director can brainstorm ideas with students who need help locating an internship opportunity. There are many possibilities. 

Note: Internships located in Colorado are limited by state law and interstate agreements (see here). Be sure to talk to the Internship Director if you are considering an internship in Colorado. 

Recent Internships by Sociology Students

  •   Community Outreach
  •   The Jackson Street Youth Shelter
  •   Benton County Parole and Probation
  •   Benton County Sheriff’s Office
  •   Corvallis Police Department
  •   Trillium Family Services