Social Sciences Internship

One of the best ways to decide if a career suits you is to participate in an internship. A social sciences internship is designed for upper-level social sciences majors to supplement their classroom learning with on-the-job experience. Whether completed in the United States or abroad, students can earn up to three hours of credit through SOSC 421, a domestic internship or SOSC 422, an international internship. Internships help students develop a variety of skills, enabling them to put their knowledge to work and to secure jobs after graduation.

How it Works:

  • Students MUST be a declared Social Sciences major and complete a minimum 9 hours in their discipline before applying to an internship for SOSC course credit.
  • Students explore and find internship opportunities by visiting websites of companies and organizations or through individual contacts in their area of interest.
  • The Dean's Office reviews internship job description for approval.  The deadline to receive internship approval is concurrent with the Rice University add/drop deadline each semester; summer interns will follow the fall schedule.
  • International students may participate in the course pending approval from the Office of International Students & Scholars
  • If approved, students fill out our special registration forms for either SOSC 421 or SOSC 422
  • The internship supervisor and student complete evaluations midway and at the end of the internship
  • The student completes two reports on the experience.

Internship Benefits:

  • Participants can learn new skills in resume writing, interviewing and networking.
  • As interns, they will apply the academic knowledge of research and writing skills toward business practices.
  • By participating in a variety of projects and taking on various job responsibilities, interns will receive on-the-job training and consultation.
  • Interns can expand their knowledge by researching assigned topics and learning the organization’s objectives.
  • Interns may receive valuable letters of recommendation from their employers.

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