The Value of Internships and Service Learning

Internships during or just after the undergraduate years offer invaluable experience that can bring to life the sociological concepts and theories you study in books and in the classroom. You can sample potential careers, build your resume, and learn new skills during a well-chosen internship experience. Participation in an internship affords an excellent way to explore career options and help determine what aspects of sociology interest you. A wide range of internships are available to sociology majors/minors.

 In order to design your internship, ask yourself these questions:

  1. "In what areas would I like to grow?"
  2. "What are my strongest assets?"
  3. "How can I make a meaningful contribution in a relatively short time?"
  • Volunteer your time and skills to an employer on a temporary or part-time basis in order to establish initial contact and lay the foundation for future work.
  • Contact your cooperative education, internship and / or service learning coordinator on campus for a listing of organizations that accept interns and for general advice on how to find an internship and derive the most benefit from it.
  • Contact by letter and follow-up telephone call to several nonprofit organizations, corporations, businesses, and government or educational agencies the geographic location that interests you -- the broader the net, the more likely someone will offer you an internship.

In conjuction with the Career Center, you will be placed in an internship that matches your interests.


Research is integral to our field of study. Because of its importance, you will be conducting your own original research during your course studies. While reserach is embedded in the senior seminar course, you could also do an independent study focusing on a specific interest of yours, or work with faculty members on their research projects. We want you to gain the experience of actually "doing it." 
Reserach skills and the synthesis of information will better prepare you for the workforce once you graduate. 

To preare yourself for the reserach process, we have a two part methods sequence. These classes focus on qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analyses, and SPSS. 

Recent student projects

  • "The Mechanisms of Racialized Tracking" 
  • "College Student's Perceptions of Finance Understanding" 
  • "The Evoloution of a Political Celebrity: How Donald Trump's Twitter Rhetoric Transformed from Apprentice to 'Presidential'" 
  • "Feminsim: Perceptions and the Impact of Self Identification Among College Freshmen"
  • "Young Adults and the Effects of Christian Theology on Attitudes Towards Abortion"


LaGrange College Undergraduate Research

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