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Internships in Sociology & Criminology

Internship Opportunities

According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) report How Should Colleges Assess and Improve College Learning,

"When it comes to the assessment practices that employers trust to indicate a graduate's level of knowledge and potential to succeed in the job world, employers dismiss tests of general content knowledge in favor of assessments of real-world and applied-learning approaches.... [These] include evaluations of supervised internships, community-based projects, and comprehensive senior projects."

In order to provide our students with the type of experiences that employers prioritize, we facilitate engaging internships with placements in both general Sociology organizations and those specific to Criminology. The following are internship placements in the last year alone:

BRASS (Local Domestic Violence Shelter), Hope Harbor, Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center, Mammoth Cave National Park, Bowling Green Police Department and the Victim Advocate within BGPD, the Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations Unit of Kentucky State Police, U.S. Marshals, Commonwealth Attorney for Simpson County, County Attorney for Logan County, Legal Aid, Department of Public Advocacy, several private attorneys, Warren County Probation and Parole, Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Court Designated Workers, Warren County Day Treatment, U-SPIRIT-US, and Lifeskills.

While we encourage you to talk with your academic advisors about the benefits of completing an internship, we have also designated Dr. Holli Drummond (Grise Hall 100, holli.drummond@wku.edu) as our internship coordinator on main campus and Dr. Donielle Lovell (donielle.lovell@wku.edu) as internship coordinator at our regional campuses.

If you are considering an internship for an upcoming semester, we encourage you to start by viewing this document which describes the process for obtaining an internship in our department. Next, you should complete this request for an internship placement and submit it to one of the internship coordinators listed above along with a request to schedule an appointment to discuss internship possibilities.

For students uniquely interested in internship opportunites with Federal Law Enforcement, we wanted to make sure to pass along the following specific information:



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 Last Modified 1/11/21