Students can make themselves more competitive in the job market by completing one or more internships. Students can engage in two types of internships: for-credit and not-for-credit, and both types can be paid or unpaid. Both types of internships are beneficial in helping students determine their employment goals and open new professional networks to students. Internships are available through the Hegi Family Career Development Center.
To receive academic credit for an internship, students should follow the checklist below.
1) Earned a C+ in SOCI 2377 and be a Markets and Culture major.
2) Go to www.smu.edu/internship and review the procedures there, including the Learning Contract - Pamela Chiu in Dedman Advising (Clements Hall) provides final approval of all internships and will assist you.
3) Decide how many credit hours you would like to earn. 1 credit hour requires 40 hours of internship work, 2 credit hours = 80 hours of internship, and 3 credit hours = 120 hours.
4) Have your supervisor where you will be interning fill out her/his part of the form.
5) Ask a professor in the Sociology Department or a professor in another department (pending approval by the Markets and Culture Director) to oversee the internship.
6) Provide the overseeing professor with a minimum one-page summary of what will be the topic of your final paper (see below). This paper will draw from your course(s) and your internship experience.
7) Once the professor has approved your summary, he/she will fill out his/her part of the form.
All this is done prior to your registering for the course. (SOCI 4179, 4279, or 4379)
8) At the end of the semester, to receive 1, 2, or 3 credits and a pass/fail for your internship you are required to turn in a 7, 14, or 21-20 page paper, respectively, based on your experience, the content of which will be negotiated with your supervising professor.