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Department of Sociology Internships

Internship Opportunities

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


Soc 495: Capstone Internship
The capstone internship is a self-selected work experience that helps students connect their theoretical knowledge and tools to life in the workplace. In Soc 495 students have the opportunity to apply concepts in social theory to their internship experience. Throughout the course students develop a portfolio of papers designed to help them understand their experiences sociologically. Students must have completed Soc 310 (theory), Soc 317 (Pullman: research methods) or Soc 320 (Vancouver: research methods), and Soc 321 (statistics) before taking this course. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for sociology majors.

Soc 493: Internship
The general internship has two goals: 1) to provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in professional work environments related to their work and career interests, and 2) to provide working students with the opportunity to use sociological tools to reflect on their work experience. Depending on student interest and instructor requirements, any particular internship may reflect one or the other of these goals. Students may receive up to 12 hours of non-graded course credit.

Possible Internship Opportunities:

  • YWCA Clark County
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • Innovative Services Northwest
  • Clark County Juvenile Court and Probation
  • Drug and Mental Health Treatment Agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies
Sociology students have explored many possible career paths during their internships. Here are recent experiences.
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


Pullman Regional Hospital
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
Community Action Center Whitman County
Council on Aging Whitman County
Department of Children, Youth and Family Services Whitman County
(Contact: Barbara Sheffler at
Palouse Cares 
Palouse Habitat for Humanity
Pullman Child Welfare/Pullman Food Bank
108 NW Stadium Way, Pullman, WA 99163
(509) 338-0801
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

WSU Division of Student Affairs
WSU Housing and Residence Life
WSU The Office of Multicultural Student Services

Public Health/Health Services

Bishop Place Senior Living-Pullman, WA
Cougar Health Services
Pullman Regional Hospital
Whitman County Public Health

Social Science Research

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


Students should contact Sarah Whitley to discuss their internship interests.