Sociology, Criminology & Human Services Special Opportunities

We offer a number of exciting opportunities for those interested in exploring sociology, criminal justice and social work beyond the classroom. Here are just a few.

Special Study Opportunities

Off-campus program in Ireland.

Internships in law, health, youth, social advocacy, and criminal justice organizations in the local community and throughout the country. Sociology majors have recently interned at Head Start, Oneonta Nursing Home, Otsego County Court, Opportunities for Otsego, Oneonta High School, and Mental Health Association.

Hardy Chair Lecture Program, which provides students with the opportunity to interact with distinguished, nationally recognized scholars in sociology.

Undergraduate research where faculty recruit and train highly motivated students to work on faculty research projects. Students have the opportunity to work with local agencies, conduct research, and present in local and national academic settings.

Student Research & Conference Presentations

Morgan Herrold ’18 presented a paper entitled “Violence through Generations: A Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s Exposure to Violence and Subsequent Domestic Abuse as Adults” at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltmore, MD February 2018.

Tyrell Blackmore ’17 and Candace Barrow ’18 presented a paper entitled “Analyzing Wrongful Convictions beyond Traditional Canonical List of Errors, for Structural Attributes” at the American Criminal Justice Society Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO March 2017.

Alicia Clapper ’16 presented a paper entitled “Mental Illness and Labeling Theory: Why the Mentally Ill are Labeled as Socially Deviant” at the Eastern Sociological Conference in Boston, MA March 2016.


… students participating in fulfilling community needs as identified by our community partners and linking that learning to disciplinary concepts, theories, and desired course-learning outcomes. Course content is built around those experiences in order to achieve intellectual goals and practice skills in research, analysis, leadership, team building, community organizing, and personal development.

… distinct from volunteerism, because it incorporates into the complete experience, this practice includes academic preparation in the theory and concepts underpinning social systems and civic actions. This approach openly takes into account the need for relationships to be based on mutual respect; it challenges the race, class, gender, privilege matrix that feeds town-gown conflicts, stereotypes, and insularity; and it uses our collective wisdom to tackle, immediately and directly within our community, key issues of our time. We often work in conjunction with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Violence Intervention Program, Planned Parenthood, and Opportunities for Otsego.

… generally flows from previous field work in the community and personal interests and commitments in conjunction with intellectual questions. Its agenda is rooted in grassroots needs and concerns and its goal is social transformation resulting in greater social justice.

Social Work Minor

The minor in Social Work is designed to familiarize students with the social work profession and areas of work, social service systems, and major social welfare programs. This is an excellent minor for students interested in combining a primary academic area (major), such as sociology, psychology, political science, public health, nursing, anthropology or global studies with the study of complex social problems, social welfare systems, social services and professional social work content. A minor in social work should be of interest to those who intend to pursue a career in the social work field – a growing and high demand profession.

Criminal Justice Internship Opportunities

More than ever, securing an internship in your field of study is a strong way to make the transition from study to career. In order to provide you with the greatest success, here is a list of several criminal justice internship opportunities in the surrounding area as well as around the country.

For more information, contact professor Ryan, with your name, proposed internship site, and any further questions.

Albany County Court; Albany, NY
Albany Criminal Court; Albany, NY
Albany Family Court; Albany, NY
Albany County Sheriff’s Department; Albany, NY
Albany County District Attorney; Albany, NY
Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Albany, NY
FBI Police; Albany, NY
Riddell State Park; Albany, NY
US Border Patrol; Albany, NY
Broome Day Services at CB Lord; Binghamton, NY
Broome County Democratic Committee; Binghamton, NY
NY State Police; Binghamton, NY
Broome County Probation Department; Binghamton, NY
Broome County District Attorney; Binghamton, NY
Binghamton Police Bureau; Binghamton, NY
Broome County Sheriff’s Department; Binghamton, NY
Chenango Valley High School; Binghamton, NY
BronxWorks; Bronx, NY
Bronx County District Attorney; Bronx, NY
U.S Attorney’s Office; Brooklyn, NY
Law Office of Francis Clemente; Callicoon, NY
U. S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Task Force; Central Islip, NY
Otsego Drug Court; Cooperstown. NY
Law Office of Mark Oursler; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Court System; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Drug Treatment Courts; Cooperstown, NY
Law Office of Martin Tillapaugh; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Sixth District Court; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County District Attorney; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Probation Department; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Family Court; Cooperstown, NY
Bassett Healthcare; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Sheriff’s Department; Cooperstown, NY
District Attorney’s Office; Cooperstown, NY
Ostego County District Attorney’s Office; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Court; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Attorney; Cooperstown, NY
Otsego County Treatment Courts Coordinator; Cooperstown, NY
NYS Attorney; Cooperstown, NY
Principal Court Attorney; Cooperstown, NY
Delaware County District Attorney; Delhi, NY
Delhi Police Department; Delhi, NY
Delaware County Sheriff’s Department Delhi NY
4th Judicial District Court; Fonda, NY
Peconic Landing; Greenport, NY
Herkimer County Community College; Herkimer, NY
Herkimer Sounty Supreme Court; Herkimer, NY
Ilion Police Department; Ilion, NY
Tompkins County Sheriff’s Dept.; Ithaca, NY
Lavelle & Finn, LLP; Latham, NY
Chris Gibson, Congressman; Liberty, NY
Town of Liberty; Liberty, NY
Town of North Hempstead Clerk’s Office; Manhassett, NY
Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Labuda; Monticello, NY
Seeds of Peace Organization; New York, NY
Esler Group; New York, NY
WABC-TV; New York, NY
EMI Music; New York, NY
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; New York, NY
New York County Attorney’s Office; New York, NY
Waterkeeper Alliance; New York, NY
Center for Urban Community Services at The Prince George; New York, NY
Department of Social Services; Norwich, NY
Hartwick College Counseling Center; Oneonta, NY
Hartwick College Student Life; Oneonta, NY
Hartwick College; Oneonta, NY
Oneonta Community Alliance for Youth; Oneonta, NY
Oneonta Police Department; Oneonta, NY
Opportunities for Otsego Head Start; Oneonta, NY
Riverside Elementary School; Oneonta, NY
Violence Intervention Program; Oneonta, NY
Valleyview Elementary; Oneonta, NY
Greg Moscow; Oneonta, NY
Harlem Law Office; Oneonta, NY
A. O. Fox Hospital; Oneonta, NY
Oneonta Teen Center; Oneonta, NY
Oneonta Boys and Girls Club; Oneonta, NY
New York Council of Non-Profits; Oneonta, NY
Catholic Charities; Oneonta, NY
Cultural Non-profit Internship; Oneonta, NY
Children’s Head Start; Oneonta, NY
Sean Eldridge for Congress; Oneonta, NY
The Plains at Parish Homestead; Oneonta, NY
LEAF; Oneonta, NY
Chestnut Part Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; Oneonta, NY
NY State Police; Oneonta, NY
Opportunities for Otsego Violence Intervention Program; Oneonta, NY
AssessAbility Services, CSS, Hartwick College; Oneonta, NY
Queensbury Summer Academy; Queensbury, NY
Irondequoit Town Court; Rochester, NY
Monroe County Office of Probation; Rochester, NY
U.S. Representative Chris Gibson’s Office; Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga County EOC Head Start; Saratoga, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County; Schenectady, NY
District Office of Senator Michael Nozzolio; Seneca Falls, NY
Office of Children and Family Services; South Kortright, NY
Richmond County District Attorney’s Office; Staten Island, NY
Law Offices of Eric B. Jeschke; Syracuse, NY
United States Marshals Service; Syracuse, NY
Congressman Sherwood Boehlert’s Office; Utica, NY
West Chester County Supreme Court; White Plains, NY
Ivan Kalter, Attorney; Woodbourne, NY
Camp Scully; Wynantskill, NY

Moore, O’Brien, Jacques & Yelenak Law Firm; Cheshire, CT
Marc, Inc. of Manchester; Manchester, CT
Sheffy, Mazaccaro, DePaolo, DeNigris LLP; Southington, CT
Domus Inc.; Stamford, CT
Connecticut Office of U. S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd; Wethersfield, CT
Bernard L. Shapiro, Shapiro & Siegel, P.C.; Stamford, CT
Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Washington DC
House of Representatives; Washington DC
United States Secret Service; Washington DC
Office of Congressman Michael A. Arcuri; Washington DC
Law Office of Edward Curley; Dover, DE
Columbus Consolidated Government; Columbus, GA
Rome/Floyd County Planning Dept.; Rome, GA
Democratic National Convention Committee; Boston, MA
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company; Boston, MA
Wediko Extended School Year; Boston, MA
Hopkinton Middle School; Hopkinton, MA
Northampton Survival Center; Northampton, MA
District Office of Congressman Seth Moulton; Peabody, MA
Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.; Pittsfield, MA
Immigration & Business Law Group, LLP; Waltham, MA
Regional Office of Senator John F. Kerry; Springfield, MA
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc;. Raleigh, NC
Morris County Juvenile Detention FacilityYouth Shelter; Morristown, NJ
Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.; New Brunswick, NJ
Ocean Township Police Department; Oakhurst, NJ
Pascale Sykes Foundation; Sea Bright, NJ
Whitehall Township, Lehigh County; Whitehall, PA
Mountain Homes Youth Range; Vernal, UT
Bennington Public Defenders Office; Bennington, VT
Vermont State Troopers; Pittsford, VT

Fundacion Aldeas de Paz; Estado Bolivar
Ministry of Trade & Industries in Ghana; Ghana
Office of Raymonde Folco, Liberal Party; Ottawa, ON


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