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Contact Information

Loren Wilbers
Interim Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-2124
Location: Laurentide Hall 2124
Leda Kanellakou
Master Advisor & Professor
Phone: 262-472-1125
Location: Laurentide Hall 2116
Joan Fox-Drake
Academic Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1133
Location: Laurentide Hall 2110

Internships

The Department has a very active internship program that has been in operation for over three decades. Interested students can be placed in internships in a variety of occupational settings. The internships, which are taken by a majority of majors, enable students to gain valuable employment experience and learn to apply classroom knowledge to solving real-world social problems. 

Internship Opportunities

Business Management and Marketing - The Department has some limited internship opportunities in the business management/marketing field. In the past we have placed students with the City of Whitewater, Generac, Verlo Matress, etc.
Investigation (non-law enforcement) - The Department has internship placement opportunities for students interested in non-law enforcement investigation careers. In the past we have placed students with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Wisconsin Office of the Public Defender, and other private security companies.
Juveniles - The Department has internship placement opportunities for students interested in working with juveniles both involved and not involved in the corrections system. In the past we have placed students with the Milwaukee County Juvenile Services, Rock County Juvenile Diversion Program, Rock County Juvenile Probation, Walworth County Restorative Justice Program, Mentoring Positives, Opportunities Incorporated, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
Adult Probation/Parole - The Department has internship placement opportunities for students in adult probation/parole careers. In the past we have placed students with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (Probation/Parole Services) across Wisconsin and State of Illinois.
Human Resource Management - The Department has some limited internship opportunities in the human resources field. In the past we have placed students with the City of Whitewater, Beloit, Community Action, as well as other private human resource firms.
Law Enforcement (local, state, and federal) - Investigation (non-law enforcement) - The Department has internship placement opportunities for students interested in law enforcement careers. In the past we have placed students with numerous Wisconsin cities, as well as County Sheriff's Offices, and some limited Federal agencies (i.e., U.S. Marshal's Service).
Paralegal - The  Department has some limited internship opportunities in the paralegal field. In the past we have placed students with the Rock County Circuit Court, Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services, Wisconsin Office of the Public Defender and private law firms.
Public Health - The Department has some limited internship opportunities in public health. In the past we have placed students with the Huntington Place, Stoughton Hospital, Community Action.

Interested in an Internship?

INTERNSHIPS (SOC 493)

Students are given permission to register for SOC 493 in WINS after they have been placed in an internship.  

Students are encouraged (but not required) to find their own internship opportunities and then follow the below process to discuss those opportunities with the internship coordinator.

Internship Placement Process

  1. Determine Eligibility and Semester
  2. Use Sign-up Sheet to Schedule Meeting with Internship Coordinator
  3. Determine Internship Interests Prior to Meeting     
          

1. Determine Eligibility and the Semester You Wish to Intern

Determine the semester you will be eligible (at least 85 credits) and would like to do an internship. Internships can be completed in the fall, spring, or summer.

2. Use Sign-Up Sheet to Schedule a Meeting with the Internship Coordinator

You do not need to email the internship coordinator. Instead, simply sign up to meet with the coordinator during one of the designated internship meeting times for the semester you would like to intern.

A sign-up sheet to meet with the internship coordinator is emailed to all majors and posted on this website on the following dates each semester.  

Sign-up Sheet for Meetings to Discuss:

FALL SEMESTER internships: April 15

SPRING SEMESTER internships: September 10

SUMMER SESSION internships: February 1

Either watch for the email with the link to the sign-up sheet or return to this site to access the sign-up sheet to schedule a meeting with the coordinator for the semester you would like an internship. 

3. Determine Your Internship Interests Prior to Meeting with Coordinator

Prior to your meeting with the internship coordinator, you should have some idea of your interests. If you do not have a specific career in mind, identify content covered in your courses that you found interesting so that you and the coordinator can define your interests and identify related internship opportunities.

If you have already identified an internship opportunity, you will use this meeting to discuss whether that opportunity will satisfy the requirements for your major.

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