Internships and Careers

Our courses prepare students for a variety of careers in market research, as well as public relations, education, advertising, public administration, and more. Students learn strategies for interviewing, running focus groups, doing observations, analyzing space, collecting surveys, and analyzing data using statistical software and coding strategies.

Lake Forest College facilitates five career communities called Career Pathways to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors can participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join based upon some common sociology and anthropology interests, check these out:

  • Nonprofit Administration – Law and Public Service
  • Risk Management – Business and Finance
  • Law – Law and Public Service
  • Big Data Analysis – Business and Finance
  • Public Health – Science and Health Care
  • Market Research – Business and Finance
  • Politics – Law and Public Service

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 

Development Banking
Forensic Anthropology 
Contract Archaeology 
Market Research 
International Development 
Public Relations
International Business 
Museum work  
Public Health 
Social Work 
Market Research 
Public Relations
Public Administration 
Human Resources Management 
Organizational Research 
Community Development  
Social Policy


SOAN student take advantage of the wide variety of organizations in the Chicago area where they can put what they learn in the classroom to practice as an intern.

Past internships include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake County
  • Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Glenbrook Hospital
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
  • Lake County District Court
  • North Chicago Community Partners
  • PeopleSearch
  • World Bicycle Relief

Anne Marie Brugioni ’16

Anne Marie Brugioni ’16 dug up historical artifacts on Chicago’s Gold Coast while studying sociology and anthropology.

Career Pathways

Sociology and anthropology majors tend to find a home in the Law and Public Service or the Business and Finance Career Pathway, although any pathway can fit depending on interests.