Your internship should enable
you to achieve one of the primary goals of our sociological curriculum--the
ability to apply what you have learned in the classroom. As an intern,
you have extended opportunities to link theories, concepts and ideas to
concrete situations, and to apply the sociological perspective in a work
place setting just as we hope you will after graduation. Internships are
a real life laboratory within a supportive environment. They offer the
opportunity to connect formal education to the analysis and understanding
of the social world, at the same time providing service to the community.
As currently described in the undergraduate bulletin, the prerequisites for an internship are junior standing, a B average in sociology, a C+ in your overall GPA, a major or minor in sociology, at least 12 hours of sociology courses, and permission of the instructor. Other prerequisites may vary depending on the nature of the placement (background checks, previous training, TB tests, etc.). An internship is not just on-the-job training; it is also an opportunity to meaningfully apply and use your knowledge and thus should come at or near the end of your academic career. There are academic requirements that go along with the time spent at your placement site. Your grade is based on a combination of the placement supervisor's evaluation and the evaluation of the faculty advisor.
Credit is variable, depending on the number of hours spent at your placement site. Generally, three hours of internship per week are required for one hour of academic credit; a typical three hour course requires nine hours of internship placement per week or 120 hours per semester. Students can earn up to a total of six hours of credit for internship(s). Internships are available both fall and spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Stein at 953-6547.
Please note that Career Services has internships that do not offer academic credit, but still provide experience for you. It is possible to receive notation on your transcript that you have completed an internship. For more information, see the Career Services/Internship web page. Note that many internships are listed on Cistern Onlineand some of them might also be appropriate for receiving credit in sociology. I suggest that you view those listings too as you search for an internship.
Internship Placement Information for Fall 2012
The following list is not inclusive, but gives an idea of the types of placements available. They have either had an intern recently or have requested one. Other internships can be arranged as well. Please note--these are the most recent names that I have, but there may have been staff changes since the list was compiled. If you find an incorrect name, please let me know. Internships appropriate for gerontology are marked with ++. If you are interested in a gerontology internship, contact Professor Brenda Sanders. For a sociology internship, contact Professor Ann Stein.
If you are a crime, law and society minor, for more information about appropriate internships, visit the Crime, law and society web page.
American Red Cross: Lisa Miller-Wills 764-2323 ext. 364
Students may have opportunites for placements in public relations, volunteer services, disaster services, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and Armed Forces Emergency Services departments.
++Ansonborough House Independent Living : 723-8613
Students assist the service coordinator with various tasks, including operating a food store, assessing residents, planning activities and handling administrative tasks related to federal and state programs for seniors.
++Bishop Gadsden: Katie Jayne 762-3300
Students have many options to intern in the different levels of care (independent living, assisted living, skillled nursing) available at this continuing care retirement community.
Boys and Girls Club of the Trident Area: Neesha Patel 937-6523
Interns have the opportunity to divide the internship into three segments: working with programs, working with the administration and learning how non-profits operate, and working with Reading Soulmates. You can also concentrate in just one of these areas.
Carolina Youth Development Center: Laura Erickson 266-5259
Among the services CYDC provides are two emergency shelters for children, a residential treatment center for adolescent boys, a day treatment program providing educational and therapeutic services for elementary and middle school students, a preparation for independent living program for girls aging out of foster care, the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program, and the Bakker Career Center. Internship opportunites may be available in several programs.
Center for Women: Jennet Robinson Alterman 763-7333
Students can work to provide information and resources to women; interns may answer referral questions, organize projects and special events, develop mailings and help staff the organization.
++Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Inc.: Sandy Clair 722-4127
Students will have the opportunity to work with this broad based activity and service center within walking distance; other services offered for older persons include employment services, Foster Grandparent Program, food and recreational programs and case management.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding: Murray Neale 559-6040
This organization provides therapeutic riding for special needs children; intern does not have to know how to ride. The program is at Brickhouse Plantation on Johns Island.
Charleston Center: Charlie Stinson 958-3300
This program provides a variety of outpatient and residential treatment programs for chemically dependent adults and adolescents and inmates at the County Detention Center.
Charleston County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department: Karen Nugent 762-8062
This department provides a diverse sytem of park facilities, programs and services. Opportunities are very varied. In addition to recreation, opportunities include a wide variety of supprotive serivces such as human resources and capital projects.
Charleston County School District: Alicia Kokkinis 937-6441
This is a quantitative research internship in the Department of Assessment and Accountability. You will learn all aspects of quantitative research including developing research questions, designing data collection tools such as surveys, data analysis, and writing and communicating research findings.
Charleston-Dorchester Mental Health Center: Sherri Dangerfield 852-3633 ext. 133
Internships may be available in a number of different programs serving children or adults, including day treatment programs and residential care facilities.
Charleston Housing Authority, Office of Special Housing Needs: Ileen Harvey 720-3692
Intern will assist with social services for residents in transitional housing including the homeless, homeless veterans, physically and mentally challenged individuals, and those with other special needs. Student will work to develop collaborative resources for those in the transitional housing at Enston Homes.
Charleston Peace One Day : Beth Wendt 882-7132
Charleston Peace One Day is a non-profit organization working to bring intercultural cooperation and non-violence to South Carolina through educational and community events. Intern will work in education, action, art and other community building efforts, including a statewide peace festival in the fall.
Coastal Community Foundation: Angel Johnson-Brebner 723-3635
Students may work with program development, grant making activities and donor services in a community foundation.
Communities in Schools: Dana Mong 740-6793
Communities in Schools is a drop-out prevention program with programs in several elementary and middle schools and at Clark Academy, an alternative high school. Opportunities include mentoring, tutoring, general support, working in after-school programs and assistance and planning for special events.
Crisis Ministries: Jeff Yungman 723-9477
Opportunities include working directly with clients or indirectly on policy and possibly grantwriting, depending on student's interest. Crisis Ministries operates HOME, a shelter for the homeless, as well as feeding, social service, and medical services for the homeless.
Darkness to Light: see Professor Stein for contact information
There is a development internship and a program internship at this organization that provides education and awareneness to prevent child sexual abuse.
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center: Caroline Smith 723-3600
Interns can support the efforts of The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center (DNLCC) in serving abused children and their families by assisting with a variety of tasks. The intern’s time will be spent with the children in the waiting area, completing administrative tasks, helping with events, and observing staff members for educational purposes.
Department of Social Services: Pam Brooks 953-9465
Students work with social workers in child protective services which includes foster care, assessment, and treatment.
Disabilities Board of Charleston County: Evelyn Turner 805-5800 ext. 227
Internships are available in the division of Family Support Services which provides a variety of opportunities in the areas of early intervention, and case management. The program serves and supports developmentally disabled people as well as those with head and spinal chord injuries.
East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO): Ashley Collins 849-9220 ext. 11
This community outreach program provides a variety of services including financial assistance, counseling, social and dental services to low-income residents of the East Cooper area.
++East Cooper Meals on Wheels: Lisa Cottingham 881-9350
Intern would assist with providing daily nutrition to senior and homebound members of
the East Cooper community and to advocate for our recipients when their
needs go beyond nutrition.
Earth Force: Anna Richardson 720-8525
The intern will assist the program manager with environmental service learning projects conducted at local schools, supporting students and educators involved in Earth Force's environmental education problem-solving programs. Duties also include serving as a general assistant to Earth Force staff, including helping to maintain the web site and the database and planning for volunteers and special events.
++Elder Supportline: Elizabeth Spencer 724-7180
Students will work with the director of the elder supportline, the part of the Charleston police department which investigates reports of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The intern will accompany the director on home visits, court visits, and generally advocate for elderly clients.
++ Elderhostel: Claire Robinson 953-5488
The College of Charleston hosts an elderhostel program. The student will work with the director to prepare for upcoming groups of seniors coming in and also work with the Elderhostel-ers who are in town for their program.
Equiscript: Katlyn Smith 300-1936
This internship is for a student interested in health care. Equiscript is an expanding transactional healthcare startup that helps non-profit hospital and health center clients expand their pharmacy offering and gain insight into patient care. Among the duties of an intern are making calls to partnered health center and hospital patients, building and maintaining relationships with clients and patients both in person and on the phone, and strategizing marketing campaigns.
Florence Crittenton programs Connie Hodo 722-7526
This organization provides educational, medical and support services which address teen pregnancy and young single mothers and their babies through a residential program, a day program and a family development program. Interns assist clinical staff with client services, groups and administrative work; the internship is a combination of diret contact with clients and administrative support.
Guardian Ad Litem: Charlene Gadsden 958-4350
Guardians provide legal representation for abused children. Interns must complete training before beginning the internship.
HALOS: Elisa Mundis 953-9539
The HALOS Family Support Intern will assist the Kinship Care Resource and Support Program Coordinator with essential programmatic tasks, including providing information and follow-up on community resources, assisting with logistics for bi-monthly evening support group meetings for kinship caregivers and the children in their care, participating in advisory committee meetings and training seminars, and educating the community about the program. The intern will also observe and participate in home assessments for new program participants.
++Home Instead Senior Care Harry Fendrich 571-3000
Work with an organization that provides non-medical in-home care services such as respite care, companion services, and personal services for seniors.
211 Hotline: Sonia Donnelly 566-7186
Trident United Way’s 2-1-1 Hotline is a 24 hour general counseling, information and referral and crisis intervention hotline. Interns may be trained in counseling techniques and crisis intervention skills to help staff the hotline and will also have the opportunity to network with other agencies, help with tricounty-wide outreach events, and learn about the inner-workings of a non-profit.
Humanities Foundation: Debby Waid 856-4120
The intern will assist with ShelterNet, a program that offers assistance to families and individuals to prevent homelessness, by processing referrals and working with data. This student needs good communication skills, both oral and written.
Institute of Psychiatry, MUSC, STAR Program: Meredith Lyons-Crews 740-6130
This internship may be available for students to assist teachers and therapists in a day treatment program for outpatient youth. Opportunities depend on the needs of the program.
++ITNCharlestonTrident Jim Ledbetter 225.2715
ITN provides a community-based, community-supported quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.
Lowcountry AIDS Services: Bradley Childs 747-2273
Students can assist with planning and implementation of special
projects including fund raising, compiling information about AIDS for staff
and volunteers, and assisting in multiple facets of a nonprofit organization that serves people with AIDS.
++Lutheran Hospice, Lowcountry: Kathy Barham 296-3647
This internship provides the student with the opportunity to either work directly with Hospice patients or to work in the office to support the programs that Hospice provides.
Mayor's Office for Children, Youth and Families: Jacquie Kennedy 965-4190
Interns provide general assistance with various projects, including
planning and implementing programs.
++Mayor's Office on Aging: Janet Shumacher 577-1389
The student will work with the MOA director to assist in making recommendations to the City for improving services for seniors, researching aging issues and matching seniors in need with appopriate organizations and programs.
Metanoia: Charmaine Townsend 529-3014
This is a community development corporation with several programs. Students can work with the Young Leaders Program, an after school program, as well as with others.
MUSC Children's Hospital: Michelle Vandermaas 792-1380
Students can assist Child Life Specialists in providing psychosocial services for children who are either in-patients or out-patients. For more information on what child life specialists do, see
Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Services: Sister Carol Wentworth 559-4109
There are different oportunities depending on the student's interest. Services provided on Johns Island include English as a second language classes, health care and social services.
People Against Rape: Melonea Locklair 745-0144
Interns must attend training. Internships include general assistance and possibility of working with child or adult advocacy services, education, counseling, outreach and fund raising.
Pet Helpers: Tracey Erwin 795-1110
Interns assist the Director of Development at this pet rescue and adoption shelter. Interns assist with a variety of development activities, including different types of fund raising, public relations, and volunteeer coordination.
++Respite Care Ministries: Chandler Culbreth, program 452-1124; Margaret Kunes, administration 364-2607
The student will work with a social model adult respite program designed specifically for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. This small non-profit welcomes interns interested in taking on projects that will give first hard experience in program development and planning or non-profit administration. Projects can be designed to offe students a combination of direct client interaction and non-profit administration. The office is within walking distance at St. Matthew's Church.
Ronald McDonald House: Barbara Bond 723-7957
Interns assist in providing supportive services for families of hospitalized children.
Saint Matthew's Outreach Learning Center: Margaret Peck 579-0420 ext.32
There are many different opportunities in this active community center within walking distance of campus. Students can work with children in after school programs, with adults in adult literacy and English as a second language programs, grant writing, program development and assisting the director in various aspects of non-profit management.
++Somerby of Mt. Pleasant: Cris Gillespie 654-7900
Students have many options to intern in the different levels of care (independent living, assisted living, respite and memory care) available at this continuing care retirement community.
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League: Tonnia Switzer 723-8035
Internships may be available depending on the current projects of the organization. Specific projects are often research oriented and focus on public policy.
++Trident Area Agency on Aging: Stephanie Blunt 554.2238
Many potential areas to work in at the AAA, including the recently developed Aging and Disability Resource Center which was designed to take services for those 65+ or disabled out into the community and the Ombudsman program which investigates complaints about facilities.
Trident Literacy Association: Mary Ann Olwig 747-2223
Students will provide tutoring for adults with low literacy skills and assist with operations of the organization.