Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities

The Internship Program

Students who major or minor in sociology, criminology, anthropology or archaeology are eligible to participate in the Sociology/Anthropology Department Internship Program.  The department program coordinator arranges internship opportunities at many local Cortland agencies in the fields of social services, youth services, public health education and student services, and courts and legal agencies including District Attorneys' offices, Public Defenders offices and law enforcement agencies.  Internship positions are competitive, and students must apply to participate.

All internships are supervised by both a professional at the agency and by the internship coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Bittel, from the Sociology/Anthropology Department.

Internships include both coursework and contact-hours (hours worked with the agencies) components, and satisfy major elective credits (up to6 credit hours). For each credit-hour, interns complete 40 contact-hours.  Internships advertised for fall and spring semesters are 3-credits; design-your-own internships and summer internships can range from 1-16 credit hours.

Eligibility: Students must be juniors or seniors and in good academic standing at the time of application.

Spring 2024 internship applications and a list of participating agencies will be circulated to all sociology, anthropology, and criminology majors on November 1, 2023.  Additionally, find information about Spring 2024 Internships and the application link here:

Applications are due Friday, November 10, 2023.  Notifications of internship placements will be circulated the following week, and students will have one (1) month to work with agency supervisors to confirm their placements.

For information concerning internships, students should first consult with their academic advisors. 

For additional information,  email Cathy Butler ( or the Faculty Internship Coordinator, Elizabeth Bittel  ( Moffett Center, Room 113C, 607-753-2561.


Study Abroad Opportunities

The Sociology-Anthropology Department offers sociology majors with a concentration in criminology the opportunity to apply for study at the School for Criminology and Criminal Justice in Brisbane, Australia. The exchange takes place during the spring semester and students must have at least sophomore standing during the semester they will go abroad. Contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department office for details and application information.

There are other opportunities to study abroad open to all sociology and anthropology majors. Information about SUNY Cortland’s study abroad programs can be obtained from the International Programs Office.