Sociology graduate students enjoy the opportunity to work with a number of research programs as paid employees, research assistants, or interns. The Center for Immigration Research (CIR) is housed in the Sociology Department. CIR focuses on international migration, as well as the experiences of diverse immigrant communities in Houston, a city that has among the largest immigrant populations in the nation. The Center for Mexican-American Studies (CMAS) supports research on a number of issues relevant to this growing ethnic community. The Sociology of Education Research Group (SERG) conducts research on educational policy formation and public school/teacher effectiveness, and conducts educational evaluation studies.
Baylor University, University of California (Los Angeles), University of California (Santa Barbara), University of Delaware, University of Georgia, University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, University of Illinois (Chicago), Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Texas-Health Science Center (Houston), University of Texas (Austin), Ohio State University, and Rutgers University
Baylor College of Medicine, Harris County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority, Harris County Family Courts, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Central Houston, Inc., NASA, Children's Protective Services, Affiliated Systems Corporation, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College (and other area community college systems), Houston Independent School District, UT Health Center, Houston Area Charter Schools, DePelchin Family Services, and Environmental Resources Management .