As part of their undergraduate education, 65% of Washington College students complete internships.
These applied experiences allow students the opportunity to learn how the skills and abilities they develop in their Sociology courses can be put to use in the real world. Completing a summer or semester internship also allows students to explore career areas and refine plans for work, education, and their goals beyond their years at Washington College.
Stephanie Harryman ’14 Sociology Major:
Internship with Washington College Office of Multicultural Affairs (now Office of Intercultural Affairs)
“From studying Sociology for three years I knew I wanted to do something that involved some type of social work within a not for profit setting. With the help of my advisor and current boss I was able to partake in an internship for credit with Washington College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
As an intern for the Office of Multicultural Affairs I was responsible for coordinating our Autism Awareness week/month and help with the planning and marketing of other events that the office hosted throughout the year. I had to come up with a campaign for a campus-wide event to promote Autism Awareness for a week. Being a student-athlete I used my athletic connection and had the spring sports dedicate a game to Autism Awareness.
There are many things that I learned from being in charge of planning an awareness campaign that also had a week of fundraising events. I gathered a greater understanding of marketing and how to pick a charity to donate funds to and how that happens once completed. The skills that I gathered in marketing have greatly helped in my employment after Washington College. I also think that my background in Sociology also helped me understand the presentation and promotional side of marketing. This internship also really tested me in terms of my organization skills and people relation skills as well.
Being involved in an internship helped me gain valuable real work experience while I was on my way to obtaining my undergraduate degree. It allowed me to get an understanding of what I was good at and what I needed to work on, which helped me understand how I should market myself to potential employers. My internship with the Office of Multicultural Affairs helped me grow personally, professionally, and learn what it takes to be successful after graduation.”
Nicholas O’Meally ’15; Double major in Sociology and Drama:
Internships with Kent Youth, Inc.
“Interning at Kent Youth Inc. not only gave me a chance to work alongside professionals in the world of social welfare, but allowed me to develop skills for working with disadvantaged and delinquent youth in the community. Part of my work with the boys in the residential facility consisted of finding venues like GIS, LaMotte Chemical, and Washington College for them to visit and learn about post-secondary education opportunities. I learned a lot about event organization, but it also taught me how important learning opportunities like these are for kids. My internship also involved outreach work with boys and girls in schools all across Kent and Prince George’s county, where I learned proper case management and goals setting skills. Through it all, Kent Youth Inc. taught me how to value communication, patience, and equal opportunity for all kids no matter what their background is.”
Some of the area agencies our students have interned with include*:
Kent Family Center
A multipurpose program offering day care/ early childhood education, parenting classes, ESL, job skill building, recreation for adolescent girls, and other programs depending on community needs. Students have worked in all aspects of the program in hands-on roles. They have also worked in more macro functions such as fundraising and community development.
A sub-acute residential program treating addicts and alcoholics for 28-day treatment. Students work on the unit, running groups, supervising activities, and sitting in on individual counseling.
A secure detention center for male juveniles who need structure while awaiting hearings or placement. Students work with youth on the units under supervision and have opportunities to become involved in the education program, recreation, substance abuse groups, and other activities at the center.
Kent County Medical Adult Day Care
A health department program providing structured day programs with medical supervision for elderly persons with various medical problems who are still in the community, usually living at home or with loved ones. Students work with nurses and social workers in most aspects of the program.
Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence
A locally based victim service provider working with domestic violence victims. Students have opportunities to work on anti-domestic violence projects; develop skills for understanding the plight of domestic violence victims.
Community Mediation for the Upper Shore
Organization focuses on implementing mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process into local courts, school systems, and other related institutions. Students work on special projects designated by the agency director.
* Other placements are a possibility and we encourage students to discuss their interests with a faculty advisor and the Center for Career Development for more information about agencies and offices.