In cooperation with the Career Services office at Pace University, the department attempts to match students with internship placements that overlap with academic interests and complement academic coursework. Sociology/Anthropology students worked closely both with on-site and faculty supervisors to create an academic component to their work; in some cases presenting a written, scholarly paper, in others offering a presentation or analysis to the internship supervisor. Because the faculty supervisor works closely with students to contextualize and theorize the students’ experiences within the internship, the department offers academic credit for most internship placements.
In recent years, students have been appointed to internships at the American Museum of Natural History, where they have worked to photograph and analyze Pueblo ground stone tools; at the Scalabrini Center for All Migrants, working on immigrant advocacy and research; at Black Entertainment Television, working on music programming; and at the New Shul, creating lesson plans and providing an organizational analysis to the shul. Other recent placements have been with NGOs and advocacy organizations such as the United Nations, Planned Parenthood, the Henry Street Settlement, and the Door, as well as the Left Forum conference, where students provided organizational assistance and event planning for conference staff.