Sociology internships can be either international or domestic.
For international internships, contact the Kennedy Center: (or learn more about PEAT)
Phone: (801) 422-3377
For domestic internships, contact:
Karen Christensen –– Family and Social Services Internship Coordinator
FHSS College, Brigham Young University
Address: 945 SWKT
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (801) 422-3697
Frequently Asked Questions about Soc 399R
1. What are the purposes or goals of the
internships are intended to help sociology majors integrate the knowledge and
skills learned in the sociology degree program with their own life goals and
professional and career interests. This is an opportunity for students to
apply what they have learned in sociology classes to a real world professional
setting and work experience.
The internship and assignments are intended to help students
achieve the following goals:
a professional sense of the work you will do by identifying personal learning goals or outcomes for
how to work within an organization and learn how sociology can enhance your job
you think about the nature of what sociologists have termed "interactive
service work" or jobs that require working with other individuals, and
other issues relevant to your work setting.
you think about the kinds of information or data organizations use in order to
succeed, whether that information is about individual clients, work processes
2. What does the internship include? How
many hours do I need to work to earn credits?
sociology academic internship includes a semester-long experience with a
BYU-approved internship provider in which students work a specific number of
hours and meet course requirements.
The typical internship in fall or winter
semester involves one of the following work schedules:
42 hours (about 3-4 hours a week) = 1 credit.
84 hours (about 6-7 hours a week) = 2 credits.
126 hours (about 9-10 hours a week) = 3 credits.
Course assignments enhance internship experience
sociological perspectives to understand more about the internship organizational
setting and related work activities.
assignments that include short essays, a journal and a research or project
may enroll in a total of 6 internship credits. These credits may be used to
meet elective requirements.
3. How do I apply for a sociology
internship and enroll in the Soc 399R class?
first step is to speak with either Carol Ward (Sociology Department Internship
Coordinator) about your internship interests or plans. As the internship coordinator for the
sociology department, Carol Ward advises students about sociology internship
plans and approves the internships.
speaking with Carol Ward, the next step is to see Karen Christensen, the
College FHS internship coordinator. She advises students in sociology,
psychology and family studies and starts the application process. Her first
task is to review your internships plans to make sure that the university has a
current agreement with the internship provider you want to work with. There's a
short online application process. Once that's complete, Karen sends the
information about the student’s internship plans and provider agreement to
Carol Ward to approve.
In the next step students must complete
the IRAMS application – the university online internship application system
(Under the “Academics” tab on the BYU website, go to “Internships” and look for
IRAMS application). When it has been submitted, Carol Ward receives an email
that your IRAMS application is pending. At that point she can approve it and
you can enroll in the desired number of Soc 399R credits. Then you can access
the course syllabus and materials on Learning Suite and begin your internship.
4. How do I contact the Sociology Department and FHSS
Carol Ward: Sociology Department Internship
2038 JFSB 801-422-3047 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Christensen: Family and Social Services
FHSS College Brigham
Young University 945 SWKT Provo,