Sociology Career Guide

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Past Internship Sites:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Hispanic Centre of Western Michigan
  • Feeding America West Michigan
  • Roosevelt Park Ministries
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Kent County
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids
  • New City Neighbors

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Various Positions – City of Grand Rapids
  • Various Positions – Ottawa County 
  • Customer Service Representative Huntington Bank  
  • Youth Specialist Kent County Juvenile Detention Center 
  • Housing Resource Specialist Community Rebuilders 
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Greater Chicago Food Depository 
  • Social Media Coordinator Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids
  • Intake Coordinator – Catholic Charities USA 
  • Residential Support Staff MOKA 
  • Youth Worker – Spectrum Juvenile Services 
  • Night Auditor – J.W. Marriott 
  • Head of Unit – Jewish Community Center 
  • Testing Coordinator  Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
  • Teach for America
  • City Year
  • Various Positions  Hope Network


David Luke '07 Spotlight

David Luke '07

My favorite GVSU memories are probably related to the group road trips to Florence, Alabama for the 2005 and 2006 Division II National Championship football games.

Jamie Munson '13 Spotlight

Jamie Munson '13

I have so many great memories from GVSU. If I had to pick one, it'd be my freshman year watching our football team in the playoffs on an ESPN-televised game. It was absolutely freezing out. We won the game and all the students stormed the field afterward.

Wendy Kettler '92 Spotlight

Wendy Kettler '92

Hanging in the Kirkhof Center, playing pool and talking with friends between class and studying abroad at Kingston, UK.

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Student Organizations to Consider Joining

  • Sociology Club
  • Alpha Kappa Delta – International Sociology Honor Society

Study Abroad Programs

By studying abroad, sociology students will gain a global outlook. Students will be able to integrate the cultural diversity they experience abroad into their profession by developing  international and comparative perspectives on social problems, race, and social relations. From working at a refugee camp community center in Jordan to a malnourished infants clinic in Chile, there’s a program for you!


Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Strong Reading Comprehension
  • Problem-Solving
  • Creative Thinking
  • Interpersonal Skills (Understanding Others)
  • Communication (Written and Verbal)
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Ability to Conduct Research       

Graduate and Professional Programs

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