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Robert R. Weidner, Ph.D.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR

SOCIOLOGY & CRIMINOLOGY MAJORS AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

An internship for academic credit is required of all Criminology majors and Sociology majors. Criminology/Sociology double majors have to do only one internship. The internship program for Criminology and Sociology majors is a two-course sequence. Both courses are required:

Soc 4587: Internship Preparation, 1 credit, graded A-F

Soc 4597: Internship, 6-8 credits, graded pass-fail (S-N)

FOLLOWING ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (some are more frequently asked than others):

WHEN SHOULD I ENROLL IN SOC 4587 (Internship Preparation)?

You should enroll in Sociology 4587 with at least one semester between this course and the semester that you expect to enroll in Sociology 4597, in order to allow time to search for, identify, and apply to internship sites. After you have completed the lower division core courses for your major (for Criminology majors, Soc 1101, Soc 1301, Soc 2311, Soc 2155; for Sociology majors, Soc 1101, Soc 2111, Soc 2155) and have completed 60 credits total, you can enroll in Sociology 4587 at any time.

WHEN SHOULD I ENROLL IN THE INTERNSHIP (SOC 4597)?

The internship can be done during your Junior or Senior year, including the summer following your Senior year. Keep in mind there should be at least a one-semester gap between when you take Soc 4587 (Internship Preparation) and Soc 4597 (see previous question & answer). You also need to have completed Advanced Writing (WRIT 31xx) prior to beginning your internship.

HOW MANY HOURS IS THE TYPICAL INTERNSHIP?

An internship must be for at least 300 hours. The vast majority of students do a 300-hour internship. This works out to 20 hours per week over a 15-week semester. Students can work additional hours if they desire, or if their agency requires them to. A student working extra hours may choose to take Soc 4597 for additional academic credits (as detailed below), but is not required to take additional academic credits.

HOW MANY ACADEMIC CREDITS IS THE INTERNSHIP (SOC 4597) WORTH? HOW MANY INTERNSHIP CREDITS CAN APPLY TO MY SOCIOLOGY OR CRIMINOLOGY MAJOR?

For those students whose academic bulletin term/year is prior to Fall 2009, the “default” 300-hour internship requires that they register for Soc 4597 for 7 academic credits. The student who will log at least 343 hours at her internship site may choose to take Soc 4597 for 8 academic credits.

For those students whose academic bulletin term/year is Fall 2009 or later, the “default” 300-hour internship requires that they register for Soc 4597 for 6 academic credits. The student who will log at least 350 hours at her internship site may choose to take Soc 4597 for 7 academic credits; the student who will log at least 400 hours may choose to take Soc 4597 for 8 academic credits.

I AM REGISTERED FOR SOC 4597 FOR 7 CREDITS. NOW, TWO MONTHS INTO THE SEMESTER, I THINK I WILL BE ABLE TO LOG ENOUGH HOURS FOR AN 8-CREDIT INTERNSHIP. CAN I CHANGE FROM A 7- TO AN 8-CREDIT INTERNSHIP?

You cannot change the number of academic credits "mid-stream." Changing from, say, a 7- to an 8-credit internship would require you to drop Soc 4597 for 7 credits and then re-register for an 8-credit internship. Thus, you can only change your number of credits when it is still permissible to add a class (i.e., within two weeks from the beginning of the semester).

THE PLACE I'D LIKE TO INTERN DOESN'T OFFER 300-HOUR INTERNSHIPS, BUT THEY WOULD LET ME DO 150 HOURS. CAN I DO TWO 150-HOUR INTERNSHIPS INSTEAD OF ONE 300-HOUR INTERNSHIP?

No, the 300 hours cannot be split in such a manner. All 300 hours must be logged with the same organization.

THE INTERNSHIP (SOC 4597) WILL BE THE ONLY REQUIREMENT TO GRADUATE I HAVE LEFT AFTER NEXT SPRING. CAN I COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP DURING THE ENSUING SUMMER TERM, BUT YET STILL GO THROUGH SPRING COMMENCEMENT?

Yes. University policy allows degree candidates to attend commencement exercises if the student needs 18 or fewer credits (inclusive of the internship) to graduate. Note, however: If you are in this situation, even though you are walking through Spring commencement exercises, you would apply to graduate (i.e., actually receive your diploma) for the Summer term. You should NOT apply to graduate for the Spring term.

I DID AN INTERNSHIP IN HIGH SCHOOL/MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE. COULD THIS INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF SOC 4597?

Unfortunately, no. In order to earn academic credit for an internship towards the satisfaction of your major, you must be enrolled in Sociology 4597 while you are doing your internship; academic credit cannot be earned for an internship that took place prior to enrolling in Sociology 4597. In addition, you cannot register for Soc 4597 without first successfully completing (getting at least a C in) Soc 4587 (Internship Preparation).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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