Internships and Research Pave the Way

Both academic and non-credit internships are available. Typically, our students intern at state and local agencies, courthouses, law firms, police departments, human service agencies, and nonprofits. The Sociology Department and the Career Development Center can help you find an internship.

Junior and senior sociology majors are encouraged to take advantage of the professional internship courses, which allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a field setting. The courses require a minimum eight-hour day of work each week and includes hands-on work experience, classroom discussions, journaling assignments, instruction on job search and graduate school, and a final research paper. Students choose locations in line with their personal career goals and recent placements have included Boston Municipal Court, Suffolk Superior Court, Department of Youth Services, Bank of America Corporate Security, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, One Family, Inc., Middlesex Juvenile Court, Massachusetts State Police, and area law firms.

The department is also home to the Center for Restorative Justice and the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights. These centers conduct important research, influence the curriculum, and provide opportunities for students to work and assist faculty with research.

Careers That Help Others

A major in sociology is excellent preparation for “helping” careers in human services, government, law enforcement, and the nonprofit sector. The major also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in social work, law, criminology, and more.
Recent graduates are working at:

  • BrightStar Care
  • North American Family Institute
  • Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital
  • City of Boston
  • Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • MassHousing
  • Boston Police Department
  • State Street Corporation
  • SecurAmerica
Others are pursuing advanced degrees at Lewis & Clark Law School, Boston University, and Suffolk Law School.