The best way to enhance the Trinity classroom experience is to go beyond campus and get involved in the community. This allows for developing hands-on experience, professional networking, and learning by doing. Students can get involved with internships, field trips, study abroad, clubs, honor societies and scholarships are just a few ways to get immersed in the department and experience Trinity.
Find a Research and Internship Opportunity
Students have the opportunity to conduct research with the San Antonio Museum of Art, the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, and the Institute of Texan Cultures.
All students take an intensive research design course, working through faculty with a community partner to conduct ethnographic interviews and/or surveys, which are invaluable skills for all undergraduates to develop. Students also have the opportunity for independent research, and to complete senior theses on topics of their choice.
Resources to support these ventures are available through Trinity’s Student Undergraduate Research Fund, Mellon Initiative, and the McNair Scholars Program. The Social Science Research lab gives students access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, allowing students to study spatial aspects of population relative to a range of factors.
Secure an Internship
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology encourages students to participate in internships while they are studying at Trinity. Internships provide students with real-world experience and allow them to apply skills and knowledge they have received through classroom instruction.
The Center for Experiential Learning & Career Success (CELCS) offers advice and resources to help students find internships. They have a page dedicated to FAQs and include information about Handshake, Trinity University’s job and internship database.
Here’s how to earn credit for internships:
- Search for an internship.
- Secure an internship.
- Decide if you'd like to earn academic credits for your internship, by enrolling in an internship course. If yes, proceed!
- Find a Trinity internship instructor that will house your credits. CELCS can help.
- Send Trinity instructor your official job description for approval.
- Once approved. Pick-up internship registration form from the registrar or CELCS.
- Complete the form by collecting signatures and filling in an employer contact info.
- Return the form to CELCS for the internship to be verified. Once verified enrollment will be finalized with the registrar.
- During the internship you will set learning goals, write bi-weekly reflections and complete performance evaluations.
Student Internship Form: Students are to fill out the form and have it approved/signed by their course instructor, academic adviser, and department chair.
Student Log of Hours: Students are expected to work approximately 10-12 hours per week during the semester and to keep a log that includes a brief description of their work or activities during the time period.
Submit to your supervising professor a summary of the internship, including a self-evaluation and a commentary regarding whether or not you would recommend this placement to others. Once the materials are received, the professor will submit a grade of "Pass." The summary will be kept in the department.
Our students have completed internships at the following local organizations:
- Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) at UTSA
- Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
- Martinez Street Women's Shelter
- RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
- San Antonio AIDS Foundation
- San Antonio Food Bank
- San Antonio Museum of Art, Latin American wing
- San Antonio Zoo
- Witte Museum
Anthropology - Lambda Alpha
Lambda Alpha is the international honor society for students of anthropology. The name, Lambda Alpha, comes from the initial letters of the Greek words logos anthropic, meaning the 'study of man.' As an honor society, Lambda Alpha serves to provide incentive for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment. Jennifer Mathews serves as the sponsor for Epsilon of Texas, the Lambda Alpha chapter at Trinity. Students who qualify for this honor society will be invited by the department to join.
Sociology - Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society, was founded in 1921 by professor Emory S. Borgardus of the University of Southern California. The name Alpha Kappa Delta was chosen because the letters represent the first letters of three classical Greek words that embody the function of society: anthrôpos, meaning mankind; katamanthanô, meaning to examine closely or acquire knowledge; and diakoneô, meaning to do service. As an honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta serves to recognize students with outstanding academic achievements in the field of sociology. Amy Stone serves as the sponsor of the Alpha Beta of Texas Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta at Trinity. "To investigate humanity for the purpose of service." Students who qualify for this honor society will be invited by the department to join.
Comprised of individuals interested in the disciplines of archaeology, biological/physical, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. The organization provides: a forum for discussion and debate on current anthropological issues; education for students about the opportunities in the field of anthropology; and facilitate the visit of notable anthropologists to campus when possible.
As part of the sociology and anthropology student experience, students are eligible for fellowships through the McNair Scholars Program. Students may also participate in honor societies and often earn awards for their achievements in the department and in our greater world.
The Dr. Michael C. Kearl Award for Aspiring Sociologists
Dr. Michael Kearl was a Trinity professor from 1977-2015, influencing generations of Trinity students. He was a gifted teacher, spirited colleague, and a nationally recognized expert on the sociology of death and dying, time, the family, and social gerontology. His family started a scholarship fund that continues his legacy of supporting aspiring sociologists. Full-time undergraduate students, enrolled at Trinity, who have enrolled in a sociology course may apply for the award amount of $3,500 to offset the cost of expenses incurred at Trinity. To apply, students must write a statement detailing their intention to pursue sociology beyond Trinity, and obtain a letter of recommendation.
John Donahue Student Award
Supports students taking on an internship, community-based research activity, or a community service project that advances social justice.
This award commemorates Trinity anthropology professor the late John Donahue's lifelong commitment to social justice. During the academic year, it allows students to earn money by dedicating their time to social justice work rather than taking on part-time paid work on campus or in private businesses. During the summer, it enables students to earn needed income and defray living expenses as they undertake community projects in lieu of finding summer jobs.
This work can take place locally in San Antonio or elsewhere in the United States or abroad. Awards are made three times throughout the year to provide students $1,500 to work 150 hours during the fall or spring semester, or $4,000 to work full-time during the summer. Priority is given to students who have not previously been awarded this scholarship. The availability of this scholarship is dependent upon funding. Please contact the department chair, Jennifer Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org, about the next application deadlines.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program, named after the late physicist and Challenger astronaut Ronald E. McNair, prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
The program, funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, offers academic counseling, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, paid summer internships, and graduate admissions guidance. Visit the sociology and anthropology department office for more information on the program and how to apply.
MAS Alvarez Internship Grants
The MAS Alvarez internship grants engage Trinity students in the development of greater appreciation and understanding of the cultural expression, historical experience, societal practices, institutional life, and the physical environment of the peoples of Mexico, the Americas, and Spain.
Student Financial Services
Find out about more scholarship and financial aid information through the Office of Student Financial Services.
Student Financial Services
Lecture Series and Events
The department hosts frequent visits and talks from prominent scientists and scholars from across the United States and abroad, while also staging mixers with faculty and students four times per year, and other networking events with career services.