Undergraduate Internships and Individual Studies

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

Employers: Before offering your internship to our students, please read our Site Supervisor Guidelines. If your opportunity fits the guidelines along with our school profile, follow our instructions on what to include in your internship listing. Please send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu.

We also recommend you list your internship on Handshake and filter to select our students: https://www.career.arizona.edu/welcome-employers.


Internships can be paid or unpaid experiences on your own time, or they can be positions that you make 'count' for 3-units of credit. We recommend that all undergraduate students engage in at least one internship experience during their college career.  

If you need more info, the Office of Student Engagement & Career Development is an invaluable resource. Get registered on Handshake and check out Internships.com for additional resources.  Student Engagement & Career Development also offers The Edge Internship Readiness Program, a free program to help students prepare for and find internships. 

iSchool students have completed internships such as the Sony Red Muisc Social Media internship. Creative Tribe and Hydrant are both local companies run by SBS alums and have offered internships. iSchool students have completed internships or jobs both locally and out-of-state with companies such as Caliber Marketing Group, Tagline Media, TEPIBM, Mural Consulting (formerly MaaXcloud), Microsoft, Fast Enterprises, Raytheon, and more. Learn about the companies who are recruiting on campus here

LinkedIn is another resource for internships! Here are customized LinkedIn searchs for iSchool-related Internships in Arizona: Information Technology Internships, Digital Internships, Social Media Internships, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Internships, Graphic Design Internships, PR and Communications Internships. 

If you are interested in internships or job opportunities related to the environment, check out the University of Arizona's Green Engagement Guide

Students who wish to pursue education can consult the College of Education's Internship page for ideas.

The University of Arizona's STEM Learning Center has recently partnered with Microsoft's Social Catalyst program TEALS. TEALS is a two-semester commitment and they recruit in Spring semester. 

Talk with your peers, faculty, advisors, and others, to generate ideas about internship placements or locations!  

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

Apply for Internship credit and Individual Studies Courses

Contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Laura Owen, with questions and concerns about the process. 

Step 1: Secure an internship! 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: Select your experience type!

  • Internships: Select University of Arizona iSchool Undergraduate Internship Request (INFO 493)
  • All other individual studies requests: Select University of Arizona iSchool Faculty-Supervised Undergraduate Individual Studies Request (492, 498H, 499)

 Make sure to select "Undergraduate" AND NOT GRADUATE. If you select the wrong form, you'll need to submit the application again. 

Step 6: Fill out the form and include your Site Supervisor's contact information! 

  • Make sure to fill out the entire form and answer ALL OF THE QUESTIONS, making it clear how your individual studies experiences relates to your major and the classes you've taken at the School of Information. Once you've submitted the form, it will be automtically electronically sent for approval to your Site Supervisor.
  • After approval from your supervisor, the application will automatically sent to our Internship Director, Dr. Diana Daly (didaly@email.arizona.edu) for internal approval. Be aware the that the internship director might contact you with follow up questions about your application; submitting an application does not guarantee automatic approval or registration.  



Internships, Individual Studies, and Degree Requirements 

ISTA students are required to earn at least three units of individual studies credit for their degree; this can take variety of forms, including internships, directed research, or independent study.

eSociety students do not have this requirement but are encouraged to use Individual Studies credit as elective credit.

To apply for an internship credit (INFO 493) or any individual studies course (INFO 499 or 492) in eSociety or ISTA, you must apply via Handshake (process detailed above). 



The Individual Studies Registration form in Handshake must be submitted to the School of Information 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 practical experience in a professional setting. Students may be paid for an internship, if it is clear in the application that the internship has a professional development aspect that exceeds ordinary job duties within the sponsoring organization.  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, unless the internship is in a different department under a different supervisor doing work that is clearly differentiated from regular duties.  


Applications may be denied for students who are on academic probation or for students who have three or more units of "I" (incomplete). 

Credit Hours

An individual studies course is typically three 3 credits, representing  a minimum of 135 hours of work which is typically 8 to 10 hours per week. The standard is 3 units, and the maximum amount of individual studies credit a student can earn is 6 units. Registration for 6 units is very unusual, and if you'd like to be registered for 6 units, please attach a statement to your application, explaining why the experience justifies the additional credit. 

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


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

Students must complete the individual studies 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.
  • Check the D2L page for your Individual Studies course regularly. 
  • Submit a final evaluation of your work from the site supervisor by the last day of classes.

Make sure your site supervisor is both willing and able to submit an evaluation on your behalf. 


Individual Studies FAQs

What is an Independent Study?

Independent Study (INFO 499) is an extended exploration of a topic under supervision of a School of Information full-time faculty member. Undergraduate students engaged in study under the supervision of a full-time faculty member that is not directed research will register for Independent Study 499.  Please review the Independent Studies Policies and School of Information Advising Recommendations at https://ischool.arizona.edu/ind-studies

How do I register for an Independent Study (INFO 499) or Directed Research (INFO 492) or Honors Thesis (courses with an H)? 

The process for registering for an Independent Study (INFO 499) or an Honors thesis course is Handshake and is similar to the process described for 493 above. Independent Studies and Directed Research courses are approved by the faculty member supervising the project and the student's academic advisor. A School of Information faculty member can serve as your Site Supervisor if you wish to pursue an independent academic project to fulfill your internship requirement. 

Similarly, if you wish to pursue a Directed Research (INFO 492) under the guidance of a School of Information faculty member, you can complete the same Handshake application process described above if your Supervisor is a Core SI faculty member. Occasionally, on a case by case basis, a Directed Research class in another department (e.g., Math 392 or CSC 392) may serve as the Directed Research requirement. 

What if I'm interested in research, or graduate school, instead of professional opportunities? 

Students interested in graduate school who would like research opportunities should consider getting involved with UROC (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium). Attending UROC's Summer Research Institute can earn students Directed Research Credit, as well as providing invaluable preparation for graduate school. Additionally, UBRP provides undergraduate students of all majors with opportunities to engage in research. 

What if I'm offering an internship or agreeing to be a Site Supervisor?

We recommend you list your internship on Handshake and filter to select our students: https://www.career.arizona.edu/welcome-employers.  

If you'd like an internship call circulated with the School of Information, please read our Site Supervisor Guidelines and guidelines on what to include in an internship call.  Then send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu and Laura Owen, lauraowen@email.arizona.edu 

We look forward to working with you!


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