The SOAN department highly encourages majors to do an internship. This can take many different forms, including a formal one that gets academic credit, or a more informal one that doesn’t. Job-shadowing is another effective way to explore post-graduate possibilities. The best way to explore such options is a visit to the Piper Center for Career and Vocation, which is located in Tomson Hall.
The department does have modest resources to help students fund an internship. Ken Olsen, a former professor in the department, created an endowment that now funds students doing internships. More information is here. SOAN majors will receive an email about the deadlines to apply for Ken Olsen funding.