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Internship in Sociology (SOCI 499)

The Department of Sociology has established an internship (practicum) program for undergraduate students. Government, NGO and private-sector placements are eligible. It is not expected that interns will receive payment for work undertaken during their placement, although sponsoring organizations are free to offer remuneration if they wish.

Internships consist of a minimum of 150 hours of work as an intern, plus a major research project based on the internship. The major project shall ordinarily consist of a research paper related to the student’s placement.

Internship placements can be arranged in any term, or may stretch over two terms; the Department expects that many will be completed over the summer months. Because of the heavy workload involved, students should be wary of coupling an internship course with a full course load.

Proposing an Internship (Practicum)

Students wishing to undertake an internship must submit a formal proposal to this effect, well in advance of the proposed starting date. This proposal must be approved by either a faculty supervisor and the director of the Honours program (for undergraduates), or will be submitted for approval by the chair of the Department.

The proposal must include the following information:

  • An outline of the proposed internship, including specific discussion of “learning goals”, “activities”, and “means of evaluation”
  • A description of the organization with which the student will be working including the name of the supervisor to whom the student will be accountable, and a letter indicating the willingness of the responsible person and sponsoring agency to assume the task of supervision (including assessment of work performance).
  • A proposal for an associated research project. As noted above, this will ordinarily take the form of a lengthy research paper (approximately 20-25 pages, double-spaced), researched during the internship, and equivalent in quality to that produced in an independent reading and research course.
  • Submit a completed Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here).
  • Students must also satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found here.

Information on organizations offering internships can be obtained from the Faculty of Arts Internship Office or on the office's website: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/find.

Registering for an Internship

Please note that the restrictions/prerequisites and corequisites must be fulfilled before a student is permitted to register for this course. Once these conditions are met, the student will then register for the course on Minerva. After obtaining permission from your academic supervisor and the Arts Internship Officer, please ask the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for a password which will allow you to register. Internship courses can be taken during the Fall, Winter or Summer terms.

SOCI 499

Restriction/Prerequisite/Corequisite/Equivalent Courses:
Open to U2 and U3 students with a minimum CGPA of 2.7 and permission of the department internship advisor. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400 level courses. A letter from the supervisor from the institution must attest to successful completion of the student’s tenure.

The internship shall consist of a total of 150 hours of work with an approved host institution or organization, plus documentation of the internship, experience and a major topical paper that discusses an aspect of the internship from an academic perspective.


A grade for the internship will be assigned by the faculty supervisor based on:

  • The quality of the research paper. This will ordinarily be worth 50% of the course grade, and will be graded by the faculty supervisor.
  • The quality of the written work materials, such as work diary, copies of memoranda, correspondence, or papers produced; or a shorter paper assessing the learning value of the internship. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and will be graded by a faculty supervisor.
  • A performance assessment. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and shall be provided by the student’s supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

Internship Opportunities

Click here to access the database of internship opportunities. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva Pin are required to access the database.

For further information, contact:

Department of Sociology Administrative Office
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/sociology/

Anne Turner
Internship Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leacock Building, Room 307
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec, Canada H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-2916
Fax: 514-398-8049
Email: anne [dot] turner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Turner)