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Sociology Students Intern at Long Island Progressive Coalition

Course places students in internships in community organizations

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LIU Sociology StudentsKeeping with its commitment to provide students with real-world, experiential learning, LIU Post Assistant Professor Heather Parrott, Ph.D., helped place two students in internships at the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), this semester. LIPC is a community organization promoting sustainable development, community revitalization, effective democracy, and economic, social, and racial justice. Students in Dr. Parrott’s sociology internship program spend a semester working in a community organization, such as LIPC, Planned Parenthood, Women’s Fund of Long Island, Nassau/Suffolk Law Center, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Service, and The Safe Center Long Island.

As part of the internship, the students reflect on their experiences within a series of assignments designed to help them link their activism to their coursework, consider the larger contexts affecting social problems and social service agencies, and think through how they would address looming questions through sociological research.

This semester, Rebecca Fudge, a senior sociology major at LIU Post, and Frank Rotolo, a junior sociology major at LIU Post, interned at LIPC. Rotolo, who wrote a blog post about his experience interning at LIPC, said that it opened his eyes to politics. “I have been so enlightened and grateful for the opportunity to work at LIPC,” said Rotolo. “It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, and gain knowledge about so many different topics, such as politics, and how they relate to sociology.”

Fudge also wrote a blog post for LIPC about her experience there, which she said opened her eyes to the many issues facing Long Islanders. “It was amazing to be part of the LIPC and involved in the issues that they fight for—ensuring that people have good-paying jobs, affordable housing, and other equal opportunities, regardless of their race or where they live,” said Fudge. “It was a great experience to help fight for a better future for Long Islanders.”

Last semester, Rita Losefson, a senior education major, wrote a blog post on her experience interning at the LIPC, and her thoughts on unequal education on Long Island. P.J. Lydon, a senior sociology major, who also interned at LIPC last semester, wrote a blog post on how the internship opened his eyes to the inequalities that exist on Long Island and what can be done to eliminate inequalities.

“I am incredibly proud of the students who have participated in these beneficial and transformative internships,” said Dr. Parrott. “Our students have really invested themselves in these organizations and made a difference in our community. They have done everything from lobbying in Albany, to calling people to talk about the state of public education in their districts, to helping organize community events.” To date, 20 students have participated in internships as part of this course.

Posted 04/29/2014

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