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Sociology and criminology majors completing a specialized concentration all complete an internship to gain valuable professional experience. Juniors and Seniors can register for department credit through course SC-4750 either Fall or Spring semester.

Our students have completed internships in over 80 nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area. Working with both the John Carroll Career Services and the faculty members within the department students are assisted in finding an internship site based upon their career interests. It is not uncommon for our students to be offered employment by the agency where they interned.

Participation in an internship generally requires a 2.75 GPA. If an internship that meets the department's requirements is done during the summer, students may be able to petition the Chair to take an additional 3000/4000 level course instead of completing a second internship.

Some of the agencies and organizations where students have interned include:

  • Alzheimer’s Association-Cleveland Area Chapter
  • American Red Cross
  • Arrupe House
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Care Alliance Health Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Community Solutions
  • Center for Reducing Health Disparities
  • Chardon Municipal Court
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Hospitals of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland Division of Police
  • Cleveland Forensic Unit
  • Cleveland International Program
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Drug Court
  • Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office
  • Diabetes Association of Cleveland
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Gathering Place
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Lyndhurst Police Department
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
  • Salvation Army
  • Shaker Heights Youth and Family Counseling Center
  • United Way
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • University Settlement House
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • U.S. Public Defenders’ Office
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Westside Catholic Center
  • Witness Victim Service Center