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Internships in Sociology, Gerontology and Nonprofit Leadership

Internships are an ideal way to facilitate the transition from student to professional.  Student interns develop their skills in applying academic course learning to applied professional work settings.  Our Department provides internships at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the sociology and gerontology programs.  Students earning a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership may take their NPL Internship from any of several cooperating programs including sociology.  See the NPL information page for more details.

To get started, review the syllabus, internship application and learning contract materials listed below.  Review the Field Placement Sites where previous students have enjoyed good, productive internships.  Think about the types of placements best for you and your professional goals.  Complete the Internship Application and make an appointment to review it with the Faculty Internship Coordinator.   Allow sufficient time for planning your internship, preferably a couple of months before you plan to register for the course.  Some internships, such as those with government agencies, take longer to arrange.

Note: Students may not register or start the internship without a learning contract signed by the student, field supervisor and faculty supervisor. Hours worked at the site without having a signed contract and being registered cannot be counted toward fulfillment of the required hours for the internship.

Internships Abroad:
Students interested in internships abroad are required to register with the Kearney International Center, whose staff will help coordinate their international experience. The International Center can also help you locate potential internships abroad and give you support in planning a successful international experience. Contact Caryn Lindsay, CSU 250, Phone: 389-6724. Go to for more information.

Faculty Internship Supervisor:

Donald J. Ebel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Tel:  507.389.5188
Fax: 507-389-5615

  • Syllabus for Undergraduate Internship
  • Syllabus for Graduate Internship
  • Internship Application
  • Learning Contract Writing Instructions
  • Learning Contract Template 2011
  • Keeping Good Journals
  • Scholarship Possibilities


For a list of nonprofits in the Mankato area, go to Mankato Nonprofits

Field Placement Sites