Graduate Internship and Individual Studies Information

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Apply for our Internships and Individual Studies Courses

To apply for an internship or individual studies course in Information, first read the information below. Be sure your Site Supervisor (the person supervising your work) understands the information below as well. 

To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and have your Site Supervisor sign. Then scan and email to the School of Information Graduate Advisor Bruce Fulton (bfulton@email.arizona.edu) and Individual Studies Director Dr. Diana Daly (didaly@email.arizona.edu) for signature and registration processing. Check your email in case more information is needed from you.
 
Once you are registered, follow further instructions in your individual studies course D2L site once your semester begins.
 

Deadlines

The Internship Application form must be submitted to the School of Information Office by:
  • August 1 for Fall semester studies
  • December 1 for Spring semester studies
  • May 1 for Summer session studies

More Information on Internships and Individual Studies courses

The purpose of an internship is to provide students with the academic challenge of a field-based project or to provide students with practical experience in a professional setting. Internships may be paid or unpaid; payment makes no difference regarding credits received; however, an ongoing job may not be used for internship credit. An internship may not be undertaken in the same department or unit of an organization in which a student is regularly employed.

Prerequisites

To register, you must be in good academic standing. Applications will be denied for students who are on academic probation or for students who have three or more units of "I" (incomplete). 

Credit Hours

An internship is typically three (3) credits, representing  a minimum of 135 hours of work which is typically 8 to 10 hours per week in Fall semester or Spring semester. 

Summer session hours may be worked between the Summer Pre-Session (mid-May) through Summer Session II (early August), even though you will be registered in Summer Session I or II.

Hours must be worked within the semester for which the student is receiving credit.

Grades

The grades available for an internship are Superior, Passing, or E (fail). The site supervisor submits a written evaluation form (linked below) and a grade for review by the Internship Director.

Students must complete the internship during the semester of enrollment.  No Incompletes are permitted, except under special circumstances and with advance approval.

Format of the Course

Format may vary according to the specific requirements of the internship. You must:

  • Complete the internship according to the proposed timetable and schedule of hours
  • Meet regularly with the site supervisor to discuss progress
  • Submit a final evaluation of your work from the site supervisor by the last day of classes

Steps to enroll for an Internship

1. Complete Internship Application 

Contact your graduate academic advisor  to discuss your program of study and fill out the Internship Application form (form linked below) with the following:

  • Description of work to be performed.
  • Goals or expected outcomes.
  • Reasons for undertaking the internship as related to your Plan of Study.
  • Projected schedule for completing 135 hours: please be sure to specifiy how many hours per week you will working at the internship and how many hours of contact per week you expect to have with your Site Supervisor. 
  • Academic preparation (list of School of Information courses completed).

2. Submit Internship Application to Individual Studies Director 

Before application deadlines, submit the Internship Application form (linked below), signed by you and the Site Supervisor, to the Individual Studies Director at didaly@email.arizona.edu.  The form will also need to be submitted to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Bruce Fulton, for signature and completion of processing. You may email the completed form to bfulton@email.arizona.edu and didaly@email.arizona.edu concurrently. 

Applications will be evaluated on criteria including, but not limited to, feasibility of the proposal and student's academic preparation and work experience. The School of Information Staff handles registration and will notify the student via email when the department has processed the registration. Students will be noted via email when they have been successfully registered. 

New internship opportunities are posted online as they become available. Students are encouraged to seek their own internship opportunities.

3. Check the D2L page for your Invidual Studies course regularly. 

Once you are registered for Individual Studies credit, you will be enrolled in a D2L page for the course. Confirm the details of your internship or individual study course through the D2L page and understand that you are responsible for communicating with the Individual Studies Director through the D2L page and for uploading the final evaluation for a grade (see below). 

4. Final evaluation 

At the end of the semester for which you are registered (visible through Uaccess), the site supervisor needs to fill out a form (linked below) evaluating the student's performance. This should be completed by the last day of classes so that a final grade can be determined, based on the site supervisor's appraisal. A signed copy of the site supervisor's evaluation should be placed in the D2L dropbox for the course. 

Make sure your site supervisor is both willing and able to submit an evaluation on your behalf. If the supervisor is unable or unwilling to submit a written evaluation, arrangements must be made for your site supervisor to communicate directly with the Individual Studies Director. 

Questions may be directed via email to Dr. Diana Daly, School of Information Individual Studies director, didaly@email.arizona.edu.

 

More on Graduate internships and individual studies:

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Internship (693)

The purpose of an internship is to provide students with the academic challenge of a field-based project or to provide students with practical experience in a library or information setting in which they can employ the knowledge and skills acquired during their  program of study. The internship is a type of individual study for which a student receives credits. Internships may be paid or unpaid; payment makes no difference regarding credits received. An internship may not be undertaken in the same department or unit of an organization in which a student is regularly employed. Students must have completed 12 units (or half of a certificate if taking the internship as a certificate elective) to take a 693 internship for credit.

Capstone Internship (698)

The purpose of the capstone internship is for the student to gain professional community-focused experience while placing the learning, skills and knowledge expected of a librarian or other information professional into a real world professional context. The capstone internship goes beyond a regular internship through explicit linking of student learning objectives and program outcomes with workplace experience in the information professions. The capstone internship may not be undertaken in the same department or unit of an organization in which a student is regularly employed. Students must have completed 18 units including all core courses and their mid-program reflection and Plan of Study in order to be enrolled inthe 698 Capstone Internship.

Some States do not allow internships. These are listed on the UA Online web site. If you are in one of these States contact your advisor to develop a substitute course or independent study proposal.

Creating Internship Advertisements (for potential site supervisors)

All internship announcements are placed on a school online forum. In addition, during the school year these announcements may be included in electronic newsletters to students. If you produce paper announcements these will be posted in the SI front office in the Harvill Building. Please send internship announcements to si-info@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-3565. 

Title: It helps students it the title is linked to a real job title. When they later apply for jobs the title can help to catch the eye potential employers.

Description: Describe the work environment and job duties to be performed, application deadline, pay scale if any, work hours.  The internship advertisement may remain on the forum after the application deadline but it will not be emailed or otherwise distributed after that date.

Supervisor: For MLIS students the supervisor should hold an ALA accredited degree, archives or museum certification or equivalent. Provide a contact person so perspective interns can contact you with questions.

Location: (may be online). Street address information may be used to map internship locations.

Program Learning Objectives: What will the intern learn? This is sometimes negotiated with the student based on their existing skills.

Technical Skills Required: eg. List of courses, particular computer skills

Job Requirements: eg. Degree program including MLIS, MSI, or the three undergraduate programs, list of courses, public speaking.

How to apply: Students must apply to the internship location and must complete an application to the School of Information.

Deadlines

The Internship Application form must be submitted to the School of Information Office by:

August 1 for Fall semester studies

December 1 for Spring semester studies

May 1 for Summer session studies

Prerequisites

To register, you must be in good academic standing.

For students entering the program fall of 2015 or later, a 698 capstone internship is required and may be taken after completion of 18 graduate credits. A 693 internship may also be taken with completion of 12 units.

For students admitted to the program prior to fall of 2015, a 693 internship is optional and may be taken as one of the free elective choices with a minimum of 12 graduate credits from the School of Information.

Applications will be denied for students who are on academic probation or for students who have three or more units of "I" (incomplete). The site supervisor or faculty advisor may recommend or require prerequisites or skills which must be satisfied prior to initiation of the internship. Some States do not allow internships. These are listed on the UA Online web site. If you are in one of these States contact your advisor to develop a substitute course.

Credit Hours

A maximum of  three (3) credits from LIS 693 can be presented for graduation. An internship is three (3) credits, representing  a minimum of 135 hours of work which is typically 8 to 10 hours per week in Fall semester or Spring semester. Summer session hours may be worked between the Summer Pre-Session (mid-May) through Summer Session II (early August), even though you will be registered in Summer Session I or II. Hours must be worked within the semester for which the student is receiving credit.

Grades

The grades available for an internship are Superior, Passing, or E (fail). The site supervisor submits a written evaluation and a grade for review by the Internship Coordinator.  Students must complete the internship during the semester of enrollment.  No Incompletes are permitted, except under special circumstances and with advance approval.

Format of the Course

Format may vary according to the specific requirements of the internship. Responsibilities include:

  • Complete the internship according to the proposed timetable and schedule of hours
  • Meet regularly with the site supervisor to discuss progress
  • Present a final written report to the site supervisor by the last day of classes

 

1. Proposal

Contact your academic advisor (MA-LIS or MS-I) to discuss your program of study and to develop a proposal that includes the following which appears on the Application form (attachment below).

The form will need to be submitted to the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Bruce Fulton, and Internships Director, Dr. Diana Daly, for signatures and completion of processing. You may email the completed form to bfulton@email.arizona.edu and didaly@email.arizona.edu concurrently.

 

2. Site Supervisor

The Site Supervisor for the MA-LIS degree must be a librarian (ALA), certified archivist (ACA)  or other degreed information professional.  Site Supervisors for the MS-I must have sufficient training in information professions to provide training and guidance to the student. A copy of the Site Supervisor Responsibilities document should be provided to your proposed site supervisor. Prior to start of classes, contact the site supervisor to discuss final details of the internship as outlined in your proposal. Any revisions to the original proposal must be reviewed and approved by your site supervisor.  A copy of the approved, revised proposal must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator.

 

3. Registration fees

Before the payment deadline, pay registration fees according to the payment schedule established by the Bursar's Office. Please note that courses that are canceled due to failure to pay fees will not automatically be reinstated.

 

4. Final reports

A week before the last day of classes of the semester of enrollment, meet  with the site supervisor to review the internship. Submit your final report to your site supervisor and place a copy in the D2L Dropbox. The final report should be a summation of the student's overall experience in relation to the goals and objectives stated in the initial proposal. Reports, and especially reports of Capstone internships, should reference degree competencies (MA and MS as applicable). The site supervisor must submit the Student Intern Evaluation form (linked below) to the School of Information Office by the last day of classes so that a final grade can be determined, based on the student's final report and the site supervisor's appraisal.

 

This section describes the policies and procedures for a course in Internships. Questions may be directed via email to  SI Individual Studies Director, Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu.

Internship Forum

Please check out the School of Information's Internships/ Fellowships forum for a list of available opportunities in diverse industries, both local and national. This forum is updated intermittently as opportunities arise.

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