research and internship opportunities

Want to start doing sociology? What do you want to do with your sociology degree? The College’s Career Advancement Office offers a number of internship opportunities in the non-profit, international, and businesses fields. The Career Advancement Office can also facilitate your research, provide access to interesting research sites, and help make you apply to graduate school.

The sociology department’s director of undergraduate studies regularly distributes newsletters and announcements about research opportunities via the undergraduate listserv. Sign up by sending an email to

Get involved in the community

Many sociology students enjoy connecting the academic knowledge they learn in the classroom with real world problems and concerns. The Office of Civic Engagement links University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff with organizations, initiatives, and research opportunities in the Chicago community.


The College offers a number of research and internship grants that can facilitate research, provide access to interesting research sites, and help make graduate school applications more competitive. For a listing of available opportunities please check here.

The PRISM research grants, which average $1500, are a particularly popular option for students conducting B.A. Thesis research. Students can apply for PRISM research grants in April of each year. Further information on PRISM grants can be found here.

university of chicago library

The University of Chicago is home to an outstanding library. The University of Chicago Library provides a range of helpful resources, including research assistance, printing/copying, and special collections on topics ranging from classic Chicago Jazz recordings to medieval French manuscripts.

institutional review board

Interested in conducting research? You may need approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is tasked with protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. IRBs ensure that your research project meets ethical standards and protects the wellbeing and confidentiality of your research subjects. Some sociological research does not require IRB approval for publication. However, given the sensitive nature of some observation and experimental settings, IRB approval is often required if you plan to publish your research, or if you plan to continue your research in a graduate program.

Information about the IRB process at the University of Chicago can be found here. These training sessions can help you figure out whether IRB is required for the publication of your research project and clarify the application process.