An internship can bring to life the sociological concepts and theories you are exposed to in the classroom. Internships are also recommended as a means for developing new skills and building your resume. Participation in an internship program can help you determine which aspects of sociology most interest you and provide valuable opportunities for exploring career options.


Students may choose to intern in the areas of law, criminology, business, government, medical sociology, aging, or a number of other non-profit or social service areas. Local internship opportunities are available with the Crisis Response Center, Legal Assistance, Genesis Home, Council for Senior Citizens, AIDS Service Agency, Lambda Youth Network, Teen Court, El Centro Hispano, Sisterhood Agenda, Project Access, and other community agencies in the triangle.

There are several options for integrating an internship into your academic program here at Duke. You can obtain course credit for your internship by enrolling in the Sociology Internship Seminar (SOCIOL 499S). Alternatively, a non-credit internship may expose you to issues that you choose to explore further in a course term paper or in a senior thesis.