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Department of Sociology Undergraduate Studies

Internship Opportunities

Internships are an excellent way for students to apply sociological knowledge and skills to the workplace.

Soc 495: Capstone Internship

The capstone course is a self-selected work experience that helps students connect their theoretical knowledge and tools to life in the workplace. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts in social theory to their internship experience. Students develop a portfolio of papers designed to help them understand their experiences sociologically. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for sociology majors.


  • Soc 310 theory
  • Soc 321 statistics
  • Soc 317 research methods (Pullman students)
    Soc 320 research methods( Vancouver students)

Soc 493: Internship

The general internship has two goals: 1) opportunity for hands-on experience in a professional work environment related to your career interests, and 2) the opportunity to use sociological tools to reflect on a real-world work experience.  Students may receive up to 12 hours of non-graded course credit.

Internship Ideas

  • Family and children’s services agencies
  • Faith-based community services
  • Service agencies for children and adults with disabilities
  • Juvenile court and probation
  • Drug and mental health treatment agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies

WSU students have completed internships at wide range of organizations, both locally and away from campus:

After School Programs

(Pre-/Primary/Intermediate/Secondary Education)
Head Start Community Childcare Center
Little Edison’s School
Montessori School of Pullman
Pullman School District
WSU Children’s Center
YMCA of the Palouse
Spokane Public Schools


Black Cypress
Horizon Realty Advisors
Pullman Regional Hospital
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
WSU Alumni Association
WSU John Schnitzer Museum of Art
WSU Libraries
WSU Office of Student Media
WSU University Marketing and Communications

Community, Human and Social Services

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
Backyard Harvest
Boost Collaborative
Community Action Center Whitman County
Council on Aging Whitman County
Humanities on the Palouse
Opportunities Unlimited-Moscow
Palouse Cares
Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute
Palouse Habitat for Humanity
Pullman Child Welfare
Pullman Fire Department
Pullman Food Bank
Pullman Schools Pantry Program
United Way of Pullman
Cowlitz County CASA
Department of Children, Youth, and Family Services (state-wide)

Criminal Justice and Law

Department of Health and Social Services- Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
Pullman Police Department
Whitman County Juvenile Courts and CASA Program
WSU Police Department
WSU Student Legal Services
Clark County Juvenile Court
Federal Way Police Department
Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Higher Education

Associated Students of WSU
Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
WSU Center for Civic Engagement
WSU College Access Program
WSU Division of Student Affairs
WSU Housing and Residence Life
WSU New Student Programs
WSU Office for Access and Opportunity Division of Student Affairs
WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services

Public Health/Health Services

Bishop Place Senior Living-Pullman, WA
Cougar Health Services
Palouse Recovery Center
Palouse River Counseling-Harvest House
Pullman Regional Hospital
Whitman County Public Health
WSU Health Promotion

Social Science Research

Department of Social and Health Services: Research and Data Analysis Division
WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
WSU Department of Psychology
WSU Department of Sociology
WSU Kitsap County Extension
WSU Social and Economic Sciences Research Center
Youth Personality and Behavior Lab


Get Started Today!

Contact the sociology career advisor to discuss your ideas and interests:

Sarah Whitley