Graduate Internships and Individual Studies

Search our forum for internships: https://ischool.arizona.edu/forum/internships-fellowships

Please send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu. Learn more through our Site Supervisor Guidelines and instructions on what to include in your internship listing.

We also recommend you list the internship on Handshake: https://www.career.arizona.edu/welcome-employers.

Students can also use internships.com, as well as the University of Arizona resources of Handshake and Wildcat Career Network 

Apply for our Internships and Individual Studies Courses - now all digital on Handshake!

Step 1: Secure an internship! Please read all of this page to make sure your internship and your selection of site supervisor meets all course and deparment requirements. Make sure you have a Site Supervisor (person who is overseeing your work) who is willing to approve your application! 
 
Step 2: Log in to Handshake! All UA students have an account! You just need to activiate it. Handshake is also a great way to look for jobs and internships. 
 
Step 3: In "Career Center" choose "Experiences". (Career Center has a drop-down menu). 
 
Step 4: Hit "Request an Experience"
 
Step 5: You will see multiple options for University of Arizona iSchool Graduate Internships and Independent Study Request from Experience Type. Be sure you choose the correct course number and the appropriate program (the INFO Program or the the MLIS program.)
 
Step 6: Fill out the form and include your supervisor's contact information! 
 

Before applying for an internship or individual studies course in Information, you should also read the information below. Be sure your Site Supervisor (the person supervising your work) understands the information below as well and meets deparment requirements. 

All graduate internships must be approved by the School of Information Individual Studies Director and a Graduate Advisor ; Handshake automatically routes applications through these approvers and to the point of registration. Apply through Handshake, then check your email and Uaccess to learn if your application has been approved and you have been registered.
 
Once you are registered, throughout the semester(s) in which you are receiving credit the internship you must log into D2L to participate in additional activities required by the School of Information.

Deadlines

You must apply for internships by:
  • August 1 for Fall semester studies
  • December 1 for Spring semester studies
  • May 1 for Summer session studies

Important 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 unless distinct work and supervision are present. An internship typically may not be undertaken in the same department or unit of an organization in which a student is regularly employed. However, students working in libraries may complete either their capstone 698 internship or 693 internship in a different department under a different supervisor doing work that is clearly differentiated from their regular duties.

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

Information needed to enroll in an Internship

Contact your graduate academic advisor  to discuss your program of study and be prepared to provide the following before you apply in Handshake:

  • 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 specify 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 using Handshake.

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. Participate in the D2L page for your Internship regularly. 

Once you are registered for Internship 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. When the Supervisor gives evaluation to the student, the student should upload a signed copy of the site supervisor's evaluation to the D2L dropbox for these, or emailed to didaly@email.arizona.edu when the supervisor prefers to submit it directly. Students must also submit a self-evaluation to complete 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.

 

Types of Individual Study courses

Independent Study (599, 699)

Independent Study is an extended exploration of a topic under supervision of a School of Information full-time faculty member. Graduate students engaged in study under the supervision of a full-time faculty member that is not directed research will register for Independent Study 599 or 699. Students are encouraged to apply for Independent Study courses in Handshake using the instructions at the top of this page. Students having issues with Handshake special circumstances can use the form linked the bottom of this page. Before you apply, please review the SI Independent Studies Policies and School of Information Advising Recommendations at https://ischool.arizona.edu/ind-studies.

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 one third 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 in the 698 Capstone Internship.

The capstone internship requirement was developed in cooperation with major employers of MLIS graduates. These employers reported that first-hand experience in the work setting of the intended career path of the student would greatly improve employability and help consolidate learning from the earlier part of the masters program. As such capstone projects should be in professional work environments under expert supervision with well defined learning outcomes.

Graduate Individual Study courses not listed above (692, 900, 920, H [Honors] courses)

More information on these courses can be found at http://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/university-wide-house-numbered-courses. The application process for these courses is in Handshake and for the most part is identical to applying for other types of Independent Study; for information on how to apply see https://ischool.arizona.edu/ind-studies.

Information about internship courses required for our programs

698 is required for students in the MA-LIS program. MS-LIS students may optionally present a second 693 internship as a free elective. Except under exceptional circumstances, students working in libraries are not exempt from the Capstone 698 requirement. Students working in libraries must complete either their capstone 698 internship or 693 internship in a different department under a different supervisor doing work that is clearly differentiated from their regular duties. (See Important Information section above.)

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.

Distance Internships

We have had numerous successful distance internships, provided they fit our overall internship or capstone objectives. Communication is critical, and so the site supervisor and the intern need to work out a plan for regular contact and supervision. In general, for background, distance internships can occur either where the site supervisor is a distance supervisor, the project is a distance project, or the student is a distance student. The key is understanding up front what the patterns of communication are, being clear about what the parameters of the project are, what the expectations for the student are, and how the project will be evaluated. This all needs to be specified in the project plan, and the student needs to be clear about what the reporting plans will be, and at the end of the day, can the student assure that what (s)he said will be done was done and will the site supervisor sign off on it.

We are always in the process of evaluating how that can best be accomplished and so are always interested in hearing from our community partners their suggestions of ways we can best serve both the internship host and student needs.

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:

  • Log into D2L by the first day of classes of the semester and follow Instructor directions there
  • Complete the internship according to the proposed timetable and schedule of hours
  • Meet regularly with the site supervisor to discuss progress
  • Turn in two End of Semester Evaluation forms, one filled out by the supervisor, and one filled out by the student

Proposal

Contact your academic advisor (MA-LIS or MS-I) to discuss your program of study and to develop a proposal or contract reflecting your work plan for the semester. Be sure you input this information in the question responses or attach this information when you apply for the internship or individual study course.

 

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.

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.

End of Semester Evaluations

The student / supervisor must turn in two End of Semester Evaluation forms, one filled out by the supervisor, and one filled out by the student. These forms (linked below) can be turned in via D2L, although the Site Supervisor can also email to didaly@email.arizona.edu. These forms should be submitted 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. There is also an archived list of opportunities at /sites/ischool.arizona.edu/files/u96/LongtermInternships.docx.

Offering an internship or agreeing to be a Site Supervisor?

Please read our Site Supervisor Guidelines and instructions on what to include in your internship listing.

All internship announcements are placed on a school online forum

Please send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu. We also recommend you list the internship on Handshake- https://www.career.arizona.edu/welcome-employers - and Wildcat Career Network .

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.We look forward to working with you!

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