Jobs and Internships
Making sure Edinboro University students are fully prepared for the professional world is a priority for the University, as the many fantastic internship opportunities available to Sociology Department students and notable career achievements of alumni continue to prove.
Hands-on, real-world experience is hard to beat. Edinboro University recognizes that experiential learning is a valuable tool in helping students to make career decisions and in complementing formal classroom learning.
Providing excellent internship opportunities is a priority for the University, and the stories of student success in the workplace have been overwhelming. Edinboro Sociology students have interned at Ashtabula County (Ohio) Youth Detention Center, Franklin County Jail, Stairways Behavioral Health, the Greater Erie Community Action Committee and many more valuable locations.
While some Edinboro University majors require an internship, cooperative education, student teaching or research experience, many students elect to pursue an internship to augment their educational portfolio. Every major has one or more designated internship directors to assist students with identifying opportunities and coordinating credits.
Students who are interested in internship experiences are encouraged to contact the Sociology Department internship coordinator, or visit the Center for Career Development’s internship webpages for more information.
Sociology Department Internship Coordinator:
Dr. Lee Williams
Office: Dearborn Hall, Room 264/283
Phone: (814) 732-1189
Human services workers, acclaimed artists, medical professionals, Disney and Pixar animators and leaders in business, education, social services, criminal justice and many other fields have built the foundations of their success at Edinboro University and so can you.
The EU Center for Career Development assists students at the onset of their professional lives with many outstanding services, including building resume, interviewing and networking skills and offering numerous job fair opportunities annually both on- and off-campus.
Alumni from the Department of Sociology have gone on to succeed in thrilling careers as community organizers, case managers, demographers, data specialists, grant writers, human and social services workers, volunteer coordinators, human resource specialists, fundraisers, paraeducators/educators and advocacy specialists for victims of crime (e.g. child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, homelessness or other manifestations of social oppression).
Sociology Success Stories
- Angela Bontrager ’12, BA Sociology, is pursuing an advanced Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Human Resource Management, while building a career as a production/quality manager at a small tooling and injection plastics molding facility. While she is not a professional sociologist, Angela credits her education in sociology for much of her success. She said, “My education has allowed me the benefit of more accurate anticipation of customer and employee needs... [It] also opened my mind to a more analytical realm of thought that has continued to allow me to more easily analyze and understand both qualitative and quantitative factors/data to better perform specific tasks in my field...”
- Kelsey Cross ’14, BA Sociology, is winner of the Frank O. Taylor Memorial Sociology Scholarship as she demonstrated service and scholarship, a commitment to sociological imagination and dedication to the discipline. She conducted research with the faculty that centered on connections among poverty, food quality, food access and availability with the intertwined impacts on impoverished children’s life chances. Her experience has put her into direct contact with professionals in the field and prepared her for life and work in Sociology.
- Stephanie Beveridge, Class of ’15, won the “Department of Sociology Award for Outstanding Service to the Discipline and Campus” after she represented the student body in multiple areas of the University. She is also doing a field internship with Family Support Services in Union City where she works to develop and implement educational and action programs that will serve impoverished and at-risk families and youth. She is also working hard with the Campus Action Network to coordinate community and activist development across different college campuses in northwestern Pennsylvania.
- Austin Anderson, Class of ’16, is working closely with Dr. Claster on research titled “Technology Savvy Among Frequent Technology Users” to look at the level of sophistication in use of mobile apps, software programs, social media and more among college students. He is also a peer tutor for the department and the Academic Success Program and is very active in the Sociology Club in addition to other campus and community activities. His experiences will give him a deeper understanding of Sociology and prepare him for a career in the field.