Sociology and Political Science

Internship Program

Sociology Internship Program

Receive credit and work in an area of your interest!

Internships in the fields of sociology, social work, and criminology and criminal justice are available to our sociology majors. The internship program is designed to place our majors with, and work in, public or private agencies that are compatible with their interests.

Internship Advisor and Course Instructor:

Ms. Shelley Brown

Office: 230 Daniel Hall

Phone: 372-6122


Prerequisite: Students must be sociology majors (which includes those on the general track, criminology and criminal justice concentration, and social work concentration) and have completed at least 9 hours in sociology/criminal justice/social work coursework and have completed 60 hours of university credit prior to placement. Also, they must have a 2.0 GPA for 3 hour course, a 2.5 GPA for 6 hour course, and a 3.0 GPA for any additional hours.

Course Details:

Students may take a maximum of two internships for up to a total of 6 hours of Internship. Up to 6 hours may be taken for upper division credit to fulfill major or minor requirements with any additional hours counting as upper division general elective hours.

The internship is offered every fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Interested students should discuss the internship with their advisors and then contact Ms. Shelley Brown via email ( with the following information:

    1. Name
    2. T number
    3. Major and concentration
    4. Any previous internships (SOC/CJ/SW 4900 or 4901) completed
    5. Expected graduation
    6. The type of internship you wish to register for - SOC 4900, CJ 4900, or SW 4900.

Once permits have been issued, you will be contacted via email to register for the course. A mandatory orientation for review the requirements and to complete the necessary paper work will be scheduled a few weeks after course registration begins.

Majors have the option to intern at one of the following agencies that the department has worked with before or an agency of their choosing that is not on this list (See "Steps for the Internship Program" for details).

Sociology/Social Work Internship Agencies

Area Agency on Aging 
Beard-Handly Dignostics. 
Board of Probation and Parole (Adult) 
Brighter Paths 
CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates 
Chance Residential Center 
Community Corrections-adults or juveniles 
Community Mediation Center / VORP 
Crawford, Martella Law Office 
Cumberland Mountain Mental Health Center 
Davidson County Mental Health Court 
Department of Children Services 
DCS Legal Assistant Internship 
Department of Human Services 
Dismas House 
Genesis House 
Hilltoppers-Helping the Mentall Retarded 
Highland Rim Home Health Agency 
Legal Aid Society 
Mediation Services of Putnam County 
New Leaf 
Overton County Nursing Home 
Plateau Mental Health Center Crisis Services 
PSI Probation 
Putnam County Habitat for Humanity 
Putnam County Senior Citizen Center 
Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in the Upper Cumberland 
Tennessee Vocational Training Center 
TTU Public Affairs Office 
TTU Women's Center 
Victorian Gardens Retirement Home Baxter 
Youth Villages

Criminology & Criminal Justice Internship Agencies

Board of Probation and Parole (Adult) 
Chance Residential Center 
Community Corrections-adults or juveniles 
Community Mediation Center / VORP 
Brighter Paths Halfway House 
Cookeville Police Department 
Crawford, Martella Law Office 
Department of Children Services 
Dismas House 
District Attorney 
Inman Group Home for Girls 
Juvenile Court Services 
Mediation Services of Putnam County 
Public Defender 
PSI Probation 
Sheriff of Putnam County 
Southeastern Tennessee State Regional Correctional Facility 
Taft Youth Center 
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 

If you are interested in an internship, meet with your major advisor to discuss placements and requirements of the internship. 

Secondly, identify and contact some agencies you might be interested in interning with. Once you have determine which agency you intend to intern with, work with the agency to develop a work schedule. Most agencies have openings every semester.

Please Note: If you wish to intern with an agency that is not listed under "Possible Agencies," you should contact the agency and have them sign a statement listing the work you will be doing as well as the responsibilities expected of you during the internship. Provide should submit the signed statement to the Internship Advisor, Ms. Brown.

Third, email Ms. Brown a request for a permit for SOC/SW/CJ 4900 and include the aforementioned information. Once you have been provided a permit for SOC/SW/CJ 4900, you must attend a mandatory internship orientation.

Fourth, have the chosen agency sign two copies of the  Acceptance Form (i.e., Agency Agreement); read and sign the Harmless Hold Agreement; and complete Sexual harassment training; and sign the Internship Work Agreement Form.The "Agency Agreement" form, "Harmless Hold" form, proof of sexual harassment training completion, and the Internship Work Agreement Form must be turned in prior to your starting to work for the agency.

During your internship, you must work over 70 hours to pass the course (80 hours for a C; 90 hours for a B; and 105 hours for an A). Furthermore, you must keep a journal of your work, making an entry for each time your work. You must make 4 reports during the semester. Each report has different requirements. The Grade Scale is based on the following point system:

  • Reports- 10 points each (40 points total)
  • Journal- 20 points
  • Evaluation- 40 points

At the completion of the internship the agency must complete an Internship Evaluation form. It is your responsibility that the Evaluation Form is submitted to iLearn by the assigned date.

Requirements for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Internships ONLY:

To be approved to apply for an internship with the TBI, you must have the followings:

  • 2.75 GPA
  • Junior or senior status
  • Recommendation by department faculty member to apply (sent to Ms. Shelley Brown)
  • Ability to work 2 full days per week in Nashville for 10 weeks

The deadlines for TBI Internship applications are as follows:

  • Summer Internship: January 15
  • Fall Internship: March 15
  • Spring Internship: August 15