Interned Spring 1999: Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas in the Homicide Unit
Employed: Recruiter for Rackspace IT Hosting, which is ranked #32 on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For"
Hi Lois, it was great seeing you today at the Career Fair. I just watched the video, really cool! What a great recruiting tool!
As I mentioned, let me know if I could ever assist you and the intern program. I have to admit, my career now at Rackspace is due to the internship and your course. I learned more in that semester than I did in my entire college career. I use ideas from your course in my intern program and in the seminars that I hold on college campuses. One of the things I live by and preach….”ask for the job!” Works every time, and I was so reluctant to accept that when you introduced me to that idea.
Interned Spring 2000: Sociology Department at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Employed: Asst Professor in Sociology at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT. This university is consistently ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report.
In terms of the sociology internship program at Texas State, it is by far the most comprehensive and the most useful internship program that I have come across in the four institutions that I have been part of. To this day, eight years after I went through the program, I still have sitting next to my desk the maroon folder given to us for the class that walked us step by step on how to get a job and even provided sample letters for every occasion. At least once a semester I still turn to the reference folder as a tool for either myself or one of my students who is applying to grad school or a full-time job. More than just a program that helps place students in real-world environments, the Texas State internship program teaches life skills that I still find useful today. What I found most rewarding about the program, however, was the manner in which it incorporated our sociological studies into the very workplace where we spent our time. The program acted as a bridge, allowing students to take the classroom knowledge acquired, and in a practical and pragmatic manner, not only gave us the tools to find meaningful and rewarding work, but gave us the know-how to apply our sociological learning to our everyday work environment. Every internship program should be paying attention to Texas State's model.
Summer 2008 Interns
Interned Spring 2002: Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, TX
Employed: Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Universal City, TX
I am delighted to share my internship experience as it was a pivotal turning point in my education and career.
At the time that I applied for the Applied Sociology Internship program, I was already working for Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union as a part time teller in a branch location. I was not sure what I wanted to do when I graduated. The first thing that attracted me to the internship was that regardless of what position I was in, it allowed me the opportunity to relate my studies in Sociology back to my job. I had learned how Sociology viewed the world through my classes in Social Deviance, Criminology and Multi-Cultural Relations. However, those classes did not make the study real to my every day environment.
Fortunately, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union permitted me to move to the Human Resources department to complete my internship requirements. This was an important step as it introduced me to the field of work without having prior experience in the HR field. At the completion of the semester, I was hired into a full time position and have been with the department ever since. Without the foot in the door that the internship provided, I would not have had the opportunity to network and find my niche.
I am sincerely thankful to the Applied Sociology Internship Program and the professors that work so hard to keep the program alive. I would not hesitate to recommend this line of coursework to others studying Sociology.
Ashley R. Ingle, MAM, PHR
Human Resource Specialist III
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Interned Fall 2005: CE Group (Communications and Events) in Austin, TX
Employed: Social Researcher for Weidner, Inc. a governmental consulting firm based in Austin with consultants all over the U.S.
The Applied Sociology internship program at Texas State helped me greatly as a senior in college unsure of what I would do when I entered the "real world." I was able to intern for a PR/Event Coordination company (something I had never had experience with before), which gave me valuable experience and skills that I would otherwise not have as a young person fresh out of college. The program allowed me to add more credible experience to my resume which I know helped me to acquire the job I was hired for out of college. Most importantly, the intership program allowed me to explore something I had interest in, while also helping me decide that I would not pursue a career in that field when I graduated. Overall, the program is something that I believe every college senior should have an opportunity to take part in before they graduate.
Spring 2008 Interns
Interned Fall 2006: San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department, SAT
Employed: Texas Legislative Council, Austin, TX
Dear Ms. Hickman & Ms. Mosel-Talavera,
The reason I am contacting both of you is because I would like to see if either of you are interested in being an employment reference. I decided to take a chance and apply for a job at the CIA. Well, after a few phone calls, one interview and 10 months later, they decided to offer me conditional employment! This means that I move to the next step in the application process, the background checks (criminal check, polygraph exam, medical exam). One aspect of the background process is checking numerous contacts, including previous professors. If you are interested, I would love to put both of you down as a contact. If you have any questions, please let me know.
You two are a force to be reckoned with out on the town! I would love to hear from you as well in the future; send some potential interns my way next semester and Ill make sure they get the preferential treatment during the brutal interview process. Good Luck with the semester and If you run into anyone who might need some financial advice or anyone who has a growing company and needs employee benefits revamped let me know!
Fall 2007 Interns