Sociology Internships

Regardless of your focus of study, an internship can be an invaluable component of your education. You can work at a wide variety of agencies, organizations, and programs.

The Sociology and Behavioral Science Internship Program

The Sociology and Behavioral Science Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in a 3-credit elective educational experience designed to build career-related skills and competencies, enhance professional preparation for future employment and expand postsecondary and/or employment opportunities for graduates of York College. Internships in Sociology and Behavioral Science allow students to gain work experience in their field of study, as well as to develop and refine future career goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the prerequisites for SOC 495/BEH 495?

Students must meet specific eligibility requirements in order to register for an internship for academic credit at YCP. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and must have a minimum of 60 earned credits.


Where do I obtain the required forms to register for the internship?

Obtain the YCP Internship Packet titled “Procedures for Completing Internship Applications for Academic Credit” from either Jolynn Varano in the Career Development Center, Cheryl Smith in the Behavioral Science Office (LS 355) or the Sociology and Behavioral Science internship coordinator Laura West Steck, Ph.D. (LS 343).


How do I identify an internship site?

This link features the names, addresses and web addresses of a number of local agencies with which recent Sociology and Behavioral Science majors have completed internships. You may select an internship site that is not included on this page, but you must consult with Laura West Steck, Ph.D., or another Sociology or Behavioral Science faculty member to ensure that the agency is an appropriate internship site.


How do I set up the internship?

Call or make contact with possible internship sites to set up an internship. Personal phone calls and in-person appointments with agency staff are the best initial steps toward securing an internship opportunity. Email contact only is a less effective and far less professional way to inquire about an internship.


How do I register for the internship?

After submitting the required paperwork to your faculty supervisor (the Internship Application for Academic Credit, the Internship Learning Contract, and the York College of Pennsylvania Affirmation Statement), the faculty supervisor will sign the internship paperwork, submit it to the chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department for a signature, and then the paperwork will be forwarded to Jolynn Varano, assistant director of Career Development and internship coordinator. From this point, the Career Development internship coordinator will complete the registration process. Students do not personally register for an internship course in the conventional manner (i.e. online or through the Registrar’s Office).


When is the registration deadline for the internship?

The registration deadline for all college internships is the last day of drop/add during any semester. However, due to the chain of signatures required, the Sociology and Behavioral Sciences internship coordinator strongly recommends the final submission of paperwork by the student occur at least two days prior to the end of drop/add.