The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

Temple Sociology

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Sociology Internship Seminar



New internship opportunities get posted on the department twitter account: @TempleSoc. Be sure to follow us. Scroll back through the Tweets to see more opportunities.



The sociology internship program provides a learning experience that unites the core concepts of sociology with professional organizational settings and the community as a whole, while also guiding students as they transition into their own professional lives.


We imagine internships that provide students with opportunities to witness how sociological processes unfold in the real world, to provide an organizational service that engages the unique training of sociology, and to develop networks and experiences that will prepare them for post-college professions. We imagine community partners who are engaged with the department and its curriculum, who will benefit from the services of a sociology student, and who are eager to cultivate college students into professionals. 



Students who participate in the Sociology Internship Seminar are expected to serve an average of 10 hours per week in a local internship placement.  In addition, students attend occasional class seminar meetings and perform weekly assignments.  The course schedule lists the class meeting day and time.  Students must be available during this time.


To participate in the Sociology Internship Seminar, students must complete the application below and schedule an interview with the internship director. 


Students may find their own internship placement or request placement assistance from the internship director. The department can only assist with placement by making recommendations using a database of possible internships.  The responsibility for obtaining placement rests solely with the student. Any student who is unable to obtain a placement will not be able to participate in the Sociology Internship Seminar.  The deadline for obtaining an internship is three weeks before the first day of the semester. 


Note that most organizations have formal application procedures that may require submission of a cover letter, resume, application or writing sample, as well as an interview.  Students who obtain their own placement should communicate with the internship director to ensure that the internship fits the goals of the program.


Sample Placement Sites

Adelphi Research Group


Campaign for Working Families

Center City Crime Victims Services


Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz

Equality PA

Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund

Grandma's Kids


Nationalities Service Center

Philadelphia VIP

Philadelphia Workers Association

Please Touch Museum

Project H.O.M.E.

Project SHINE

Research for Action

Spiral Q Puppet Theater


Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians


Useful Resources

Temple University Career Center

Campus Philly

College of Liberal Arts Center for Internships and Career Development

Experience! Philadelphia

Idealist (PA page)


Students are also encouraged to seek assistance from Patrick Gordon ( who focuses on Student Professional Development for students in the College of Liberal Arts. He can assist you with developing your resume, preparing for an interview, securing an internship, and other aspects of professional development.

Internship Application


department of sociology | 713 gladfelter hall | 1115 west polett walk
philadelphia, pa 19122 | (215) 204-7760 | fax: (215) 204-3352 |