Sociology - Internships

Overview

Internships offer a wonderful opportunity for students to leave college prepared for the next chapter in life, whether that means going on for more education or entering into the workforce. They also serve as capstones fulfilling important required course credit in the Sociology and Criminal Justice majors (as an alternative to seminar courses). The Sociology Department is working to streamline the process of setting up internships and the steps outlined below should provide what you need. If you have questions, feel free to contact us!

1. Apply for an Internship (note Deadlines)

Spring 2023 LEAP Deadline: September 4, 2022

Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 PELS Deadline: March 4, 2022

The first step in setting up an internship is applying for one! We have two programs to which you may apply. The first is LEAP, which is specifically geared towards the Law Enforcement Academy. The second is more general and should be your go to choice. Several possible locations are outlined for you to browse and consider. You can specify your preferences on the application. You will initiate the process of setting up the internship by applying for one of these two programs.

LEAP (Law Enforcement Academy Program)

Beginning in the Spring of 2022, as part of their undergraduate curriculum, Criminal Justice students participate in LEAP (Law Enforcement Academy Program) at SUNY Oneonta. This program incorporates coursework in the Criminal Justice major with the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy, hosted by the University Police Department. This New York State-approved, pre-employment basic police training curriculum is widely recognized as one of the best in the country. Students will be trained in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, applying field sobriety tests, processing crime scenes, and a host of other law enforcement training topics. The SUNY Oneonta LEAP is designed to incorporate police training with a range of courses on contemporary Criminal Justice issues offered by SUNY Oneonta’s excellent faculty within one of the region’s top-ranked Criminal Justice programs. Participation in the Academy will carry course credit as an internship (up to 15 s.h.). Students completing the program will be certified (Phase I) for careers in law enforcement upon graduation. Certification is good for up to two years. The required Phase II training is completed after obtaining employment as a sworn police officer.

Apply for the LEAP Internship

PELS (Program for Experiential Learning in Sociology)

We are now accepting application for PELS, the Program for Experiential Learning in Sociology. Any Sociology or Criminal Justice major is eligible to apply for an experiential learning experience, or internship, which will satisfy their requirement for a senior capstone experience. Sociology-Human Service majors are required to complete an internship, while other majors may alternatively take Senior Seminar (Sociology) or Criminological Theory (Criminal Justice) for their capstone course. Students should meet with their advisors to determine the best course of action. Experiential learning is most beneficial for students anticipating careers or advanced studies in fields that value or expect students to have an internship prior to graduation. For example, MSW (Master's of Social Work) programs highly value such experiences.

Note: Students interested in LEAP should not submit this form.

Campus Internships at SUNY Oneonta

Career Development Center

Center for Social Responsibility and Community

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Crime and Criminal Justice Related

Oneonta Police Department

Oneonta, NY

Harlem Law Office

Oneonta, NY

Otsego County Criminal Drug Treatment Court

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Probation Department

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County District Attorney's Office

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Court System

Cooperstown, NY

Albany County Sheriff

Albany, NY

The Albany County District Attorney's Office

Albany, NY

Government Law Center

Albany, NY

Broome County Clerk's Office

Binghamton, NY

Broome County Legislature

Binghamton, NY

New York State Police

NY

Broome County Sheriff's Office

Binghamton, NY

Binghamton Police Department

Binghamton, NY

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New York, New York

New York State Unified Court System

NY

Human Service Internship Opportunities

Oneonta Boys and Girls Club

Oneonta, NY

Opportunities for Otsego

Oneonta, NY

Oneonta City School District

Oneonta, NY

Basset Healthcare Network

Oneonta, NY

A. O. Fox Hospital

Oneonta, NY

LEAF

Oneonta, NY

Oneonta Teen Center

Oneonta, NY

Catholic Charities

Oneonta, NY

American Red Cross

Oneonta, NY

ARC Otsego (programs, services, and residential care for children and adults with disabilities)

Oneonta, NY

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Canaan, NY

Family Services Association (social services organization)

Oneonta, NY

Family Resource Network (family support services to families who have a child with special needs)

Oneonta, NY

Mental Health Association

Oneonta, NY

Oneonta Mental Health Clinic

Oneonta, NY

Planned Parenthood

Oneonta, NY

Rehabilitation Support Services

Oneonta, NY

Social Security Office

Oneonta, NY

Social work departments of nursing homes and hospitals

Oneonta, NY

Southern Tier AIDS program

Southern Tier NY

Springbrook (programs, services and residential care for children and adults with disabilities)

Oneonta, NY

Otsego County Department of Social Services (Cooperstown – children’s and adult services)

Cooperstown, NY

Parks, Recreation & Youth Services

Binghamton, NY

Helping Celebrate Abilities

Binghamton, NY

Broome County Department of Social Services

Binghamton, NY

Community and Environment Internship Opportunities

Future for Oneonta Foundation (promotes and supports civic and cultural projects on Oneonta)

Oneonta, NY

Habitat for Humanity

Oneonta, NY

YMCA

Oneonta, NY

United Way

Oneonta, NY

Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts

Oneonta, NY

Oneonta Housing Authority

Oneonta, NY

Otsego County Conservation Association (environmental organization addressing a broad spectrum of basic environmental concerns)

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Economic Development Department

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Planning Department

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Office of Employment & Training

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Health Department (services, education, outreach, and prevention, also the division for Children with Special Needs Programs and Services)

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego Rural Housing Assistance

Milford, NY

Otsego County Veteran’s Affairs

Cooperstown, NY

Otsego County Youth Bureau

Cooperstown, NY

Aging-Related Internship Opportunities

Otsego County Office for the Aging

Cooperstown, NY

Broome County Office for Aging

Binghamton, NY

The Plains at Parish Homestead

Oneonta, NY

Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Oneonta, NY

Nader Towers (public housing for low-income seniors)

Oneonta, NY

St. James Manor (independent living retirement community)

Oneonta, NY

Hampshire House (assisted living facility)

Oneonta, NY

Robynwood Home for Adults (assisted living facility)

Oneonta, NY

A.O Fox Nursing Home

Oneonta, NY

Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Oneonta, NY

Otsego Manor (formerly The Meadows - nursing home)

Cooperstown, NY

HELIOS (Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care)

Oneonta, NY

Catskill Center for Independence

Oneonta, NY

Chemical Dependency Clinic

Oneonta and Cooperstown, NY

Alzheimer’s Association (Northeastern Chapter)

Cooperstown, NY

Other Internship Opportunities

Waterkeeper Alliance

New York, NY

Seeds of Peace

New York, NY

WABC-TV

New York, NY

BronxWorks

Bronx, NY

Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

NY

Department of Environmental Conservation

NY

NY State Office of the Attorney General

NY

Department of Civil Service

NY

LifeWorks Community Action

Ballston Spa, NY

Camp Scully

Wynantskill, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County

Schenectady, NY

Westchester County, NY Office of the District Attorney

White Plains, NY

Washington, DC Internship Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice

Washington, DC

The House of Representatives

Washington, DC

The United States Secret Service

Washington, DC

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Washington, DC

The Democratic National Committee

Washington, DC

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Washington, DC

Supreme Court Internship Program

Washington, DC

Other/Out-of-State Internship Opportunities

FBI

U.S.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

U.S.

Fidelity

U.S.

Office of the United States Attorneys

U.S.

The United States Marshals Service

U.S.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

U.S.

Northampton Survival Center

Massachusetts

The Home for Little Wanderers

Massachusetts

Office of the Defender General

Vermont

Vermont State Police

Vermont

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

North Carolina

Apply for the PELS Internship

2) Placement, Internship Application, and Syllabus

Complete within 2-weeks of Application Deadline (see step 1)

After you are accepted into the PELS or LEAP programs, you will be notified after the deadline about the next steps. Students in the PELS program will work with one of the Internship Coordinators to identify a placement (LEAP students are all placed in the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy). Students may initiate the placement, but will need approval from the Coordinator. Internships that are not local will require the student to initiate the placement (most summer internships).

Once Michele (the Department Administrative Assistant) receives placement information, she will fill out the internship application/agreement form for you. The syllabus for the experience will be provided by the Internship Coordinator.

Internship Coordinators:

Dr. Fida Mohammad (Summer sessions), mohammf@oneonta.edu

Prof. Ann Marie Mills (Fall and Spring semesters), AnnMarie.Mills@oneonta.edu

3) Apply for Course Credit (Handshake)

Complete within 1-week of completing step 2 (above)

Once you have received your internship application and syllabus (LEAP or PELS), you will need to apply for credit using the Handshake system. This is through the Career Development Center. The Handshake system is used to process approvals and signatures digitally. Once all approvals are processed, your internship will be ready (it will show up as SOC 397 on your schedule).

Signatures: Once the Handshake account is set up, students apply for credit by uploading their internship application/syllabus (from Michele in step 2). A Career Development Center representative can provide you with assistance as you navigate Handshake.

The signature approval process in Handshake includes:

Faculty coordinator

Work site supervisor/coordinator

Faculty coordinator

Dept. chair

Dean

Career Development Center

Students can go into their Handshake account at any time to see the status of their application.

Students and Administrators are the only ones who can see who has approved and signed the forms.

Apply for the Internship Credit

4) Internship Funding Information (optional)

Complete immediately following step 3 (depending on availability)

Participating in internships can incur costs, such as are associated with travelling to and from a location. There are some potential sources of funding for students working on internships. Please visit the website for more information on internship funding opportunities:

Apply for funding

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