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.
Kayla Hamel ’17, Double major in Sociology and Psychology:
Internship with Kent County Behavioral Health
“Through this experience, I am able to shadow a social worker and gain hands-on experience interacting with clients. My supervisor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which is what I hope to one day be as I continue my academic career at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Being an intern at KCBH has allowed me to observe clinical techniques for treating a wide range of mental health disorders. I am also able to interact with a diverse population of clients, as I travel to the middle schools to assist with school-based therapy, and I see a variety of ages, abilities, and diagnoses in the office. Not only am I able to shadow my LCSW supervisor, but I am also able to sit in on sessions with nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and professional counselors. This allows me to view the wide range of career opportunities in the field of mental health, and understand how each profession works together to become a team of support for the clients. Through my internship at Kent County Behavioral Health I have learned the exact nature of the job of a social worker, as well as the specific responsibilities of the career. This experience has helped me to solidify my career goals and has better prepared me for the coursework I will encounter in graduate school.”
Erin Famularo ’15; Major in Sociology:
Internship with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia
“I spent two and a half months at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights through the Comegys Bight Fellowship of-fered through the CV Starr Center. I spent the summer creating content for social media — Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.. Through this experience I learned how difficult it is to post tweets and facebook statuses that will engage the most diverse group of people while keeping the content neutral, relatable, and mission-driven. I was allowed to accompany tours and help run events. In addition, I was tasked with countless graphic design jobs that included creating fliers, sponsorship packages, a ‘Year in Re-view’ package, and coupons. I helped generate group sales by researching potential organizations, churches, and educational groups that would benefit from a trip to The Center. Majoring in sociology prepared me to handle sensitive information that inevitably comes up in an environment such as The Center in an educated way. Graduating with a degree in Sociology from WAC has also taught me how to look at different perspectives in both a broad and focused manner that allowed me to contribute to The Center’s mission of giving a “voice to the voiceless” by creating a safe space for a more inclusive dialogue surrounding civil and human rights. I’m happy to report that through my internship I secured a full time job at The Center for Civil and Human Rights!”
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.