Internships


SSC 493, Section 730 Social Science Internship

 

Methods and concepts from social and behavioral sciences applied in career-related settings.

Once you have secured an internship, or even if you still need assistance finding one, our office can be a resource!

Course instructors serve as liaisons between enrolled students and their internship site. If students experience issues or have concerns involving their internship, they should not hesitate to contact us. We are prepared to communicate with the internship site to come to a resolution.


Course Information


  • Internship must be related to student’s academic and/or career goals
  • Students do NOT need to be a College of Social Science student to enroll in SSC 493
  • Requires College-level approval before student is enrolled
  • 2.5 overall minimum GPA and Academic Advisor approval
  • Pass/No Grade course
  • Variable credits offered, 3-12
  • Each credit earned requires three hours of work per week for the duration of the semester. Example, a 3 credit internship requires 135 total hours to be completed (9 hrs per week x 15 weeks = 135) *please click on FAQs for the chart*
  • On-line D2L course assignments
  • FAQs

Here's How to Apply

 

Note: you MUST have an internship already to apply for credit

  1. Meet with your advisor to ensure that the credits will count towards your degree requirements
  2. Fill out the following application (Select Social Science Internship Course): https://form.jotformpro.com/studyaway/ExpLearning_Application 
  3. The form will automatically send forms to your advisor and supervisor- if they do not receive the forms, tell them to check their junk mail folder. Follow up to ensure both complete these forms
  4. Once all forms (application, advisor, and supervisor) are received, we will enroll you in SSC 493. You do NOT enroll yourself in the course

Enrollment Deadlines

 

Check back for fall semester 2019 dates

 

Note: extenuating circumstances are taken under consideration for late applications, please contact our office with questions.

 

Students are responsible for all tuition and enrollment deadlines set by the Office of The Registrar, found here

Students who complete internships during their undergraduate career report tremendous personal and professional growth. Check out some recaps of past students' internships.

 

Eduardo Gonzalez
Major: Economics
Placement: Renaissance Entrepenuership Center, San Francisco

Inernship takeaway: My favorite part so far of my internship is that I have had the opportunity to meet so many different intelligent people. Everyone that works for this organization is so nice and helpful. Additionally, it is always fun to meet locals and try to help them improve the local economy.

Advice for future students: Economics is a great major because you can find a job just about anywhere. Despite this, you should definitely go outside your comfort zone to really find what you're passionate about. You never know what type of career you'll really love.

 

Emily Hill
Major: HDFS 
Placement: Network Volunteers, New Orleans

Internship takeaway: I learned about my own sense of independence. This experience helped me to not be so afraid of graduating because I now have the confidence of moving to a new city and tkaing on a new job alone.

Advice for future students: Get out of your comfort zone! This experience forced me to do things I would have never done in East Lansing. I learned so much about myself and myself as a professional. Interning forced me to grow up and made me a lot more proactive about deciding what I am going to do after graduating.

 

Breaunte Brown
Major: Human Geography 
Placement: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Flint 

Internship takeaway: I learned that my work is appreciated, and that my adaptiveness is well-versed. I was offered experience that I will need in the future. BBBS opened a door for me to make connections and step a foot into the workplace. 

Advice for future students: I would advise interns to research the places they want to work. Also, they should definitely talk to multiple places if there are multiple positions available.

 

Julia Kosnik
Major: Social Relations and Policy
Placement: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, D.C.

Internship takeaway: I learned that the United States is facing a major crisis in regards to immigration that is not always highlighted in the news. I was able to learn so much about a system that is misunderstood. I was able to see the immigration crisis from a political perspective as well as a humanitarian perspective. Through my experience, I realized that I want to work on the humanitarian side of things in the future.

Advice for future students: I would advise students to apply everywhere even if they think it is a long shot. I never thought I would be selected to work for the United Nations. I applied to over 15 locations and I learned something different from every application process and interview. I would recommend students to apply to many places as they can because you never know what might strike a supervisor's eye and lead them to interview you.


For more information, contact:

Office for Experiential Learning
College of Social Science
Berkey Hall - 221
Phone: 517-432-4541
sscstudy@msu.edu