REMINDER: May 1st is the application deadline for Summer Semester internships.
- Creating Internship Advertisements (for perspective site supervisors)
- Credit Hours
- Format of the Course
- Site Supervisor
- Registration Fees
- Final Reports
- Application Form (see Attachment, below)
- Internship Forum
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. 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 (linked below). 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-Internships@email.arizona.edu.
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.
The Internship Application form must be submitted to the School of Information Office by:
July 1 for Fall semester studies
December 1 for Spring semester studies
May 1 for Summer session studies
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.
A maximum of three (3) credits from IRLS 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. Hours must be worked within the semester for which the student is receiving credit.
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. You must:
- 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
Steps to enroll for an Internship
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):
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.
Academic preparation (list of School of Information courses completed).
Before application deadlines, submit the Internship Application form (attachment below), signed by you and the site supervisor. Applications will be evaluated on criteria including, but not limited to, feasibility of the proposal and match of the student's academic preparation, proposed research or responsibilities and work experience, where applicable. The School of Information Office handles registration and will notify the student via email when the department has processed the registration.
New internship opportunities are posted online as they become available. Students are encouraged to seek their own internship opportunities.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. The site supervisor must submit the Student Intern Appraisal form 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 SBS-SI-Internship@email.arizona.edu or to SI Internship Coordinator Diana Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.