Dr. Andrew Spivak
Sociology Internship Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5033
The sociology department welcomes your interest in the internship program, an important part of sociological training. The best way to learn sociology is to engage in doing sociology. Internship experience will help students relate sociological concepts and theories to everyday practice. Such experiences can come from a variety of sources.
The sociology internship provides an opportunity for experiential learning that help students exercise their sociological imagination, improve their analytical abilities, and practice their problem-solving skills in a variety of settings beyond the classroom. Internships prepare students for future employment by placing them in real work settings, developing valuable contacts, building grounded resumes, and exploring career goals. The skills acquired or extended through the internship experience are precisely those that many employers value in liberal-arts graduates: analytical and synthesizing abilities, empathetic understanding of others, independence, risk-taking ability, and interpersonal collaborative skills.
The sociology internship offers students a unique academic experience while making them more attractive to future employers. And it helps students achieve a primary goal of a sociology education within the liberal arts tradition — the ability to connect formal education with the understanding of the social world.