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Students meeting potential Internship Employers at the annual Sociology Internship Fair. Internships have become increasingly important as a resume builder and networking tool.

SOC 199 Undergraduate Open Seminar

Exploring Careers with a BA in Sociology. This course is intended both for Sociology majors and non-majors who want to explore a variety of career options with a BA in Sociology.  In this course, we will explore your career interests and skills, read about and discuss career options, meet with professionals in a variety of disciplines (law enforcement, law, social service agencies, business, social work and more), and shadow a professional in a field of your choice.  We will explore how the sociological imagination prepares you to work in a variety of careers.

SOC 400 Sociology Internships

In any given semester, students of sociology disperse to a wide variety of placements.  Field education is inherently the curriculum component with the greatest degree of individualization and the greatest potential for student participation in applied sociology. The primary benefit of internships is that they provide a valuable way for students to further their education in both sociology and the liberal arts. In addition, internships can be the resume component that enables a baccalaureate graduate to secure fellowships or a graduate school applicant to gain admission to their school of choice. Internships are individually arranged and supervised by faculty members.  For more information, please contact Sociology Advising.

Free Career Assessment:

Online skills and personality test that helps you assess the kinds of fields you might be interested in pursuing. Takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will get a free assessment, but you may also purchase a more in-depth assessment if you wish. You are not required to purchase anything.

University of Illinois Career Center

I-Link: Students can search for internships, employment opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews, and view a full calendar of career programs and events.

Jobs Database: This database lists websites that may be useful for students searching for jobs or internships, or researching companies, organizations and industries.

State of Illinois

Career and Labor Market Information:


  • Begin your career exploration here to find the latest information on occupations, wages, education and training requirements, employment outlook and much more.
  • Access our free career planning applications: Career Information System (CIS), CIS Jr., CIS Quick Click and ReNew.
  • Find information about green jobs and other emerging technologies.
  • View and print our career planning publications and link to other resources for students, parents, and people changing jobs.

"Searching for a Job with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology,"
Footnotes, September-October 2009 Issue

Places to Search For Jobs and Career Information

"What are they Doing with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?," January 2008