Undergraduate Internships and Individual Studies courses

Employers:

We recommend you list your internship on Handshake and filter to select our students: https://www.career.arizona.edu/welcome-employersPlease send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu

Students:

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. Use Career Development to connect you to UA-partnership programs, such as the IBM Co-op Program

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. Contact Yotam Shmargad, the School of Information's Director of Undergraduate Studies, for more information. 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!  

Offering an Internship? Potential Site Supervisors, we look forward to working with you!

We strongly recommend that Site Supervisors post the opportunity in Handshake.

Additionally, site supervisors are welcome to send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu. 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. 

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:  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. list of courses, public speaking, etc.

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

NEW! The iSchool is proud to be the first department to pair with Career Development to offer an online way to apply for individual studies experiences. We're currently in a "beta test" phase, so please give us feedback and 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 "University of Arizona iSchool Undergraduate Internships and Individual Study Request" from Experience Type. 

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

Once you've submitted the form, it will be automtically electronically sent for approval to your Site Supervisor, and then our Internship Director, Dr. Diana Daly (didaly@email.arizona.edu). After approval, it will be electronically sent to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, who will notify you of approval and register you for units! 

 

Apply for our Internships and Individual Studies Courses

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). A paper copy of the registration form and information is still linked in the attachments below. 

 

Deadlines

The Individual Studies Registration 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 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.  

Prerequisites

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 maximum amount of individual studies credit a student can earn is 6 units. 

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

Grades

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)? 

The process for registering for an Independent Study (INFO 499) is the same as 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 application process described above. 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. 

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 Informaiton, please read our Site Supervisor Guidelines and instructions on what to include in your internship listing. Then send internship announcements to Dr. Diana Daly, didaly@email.arizona.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

 

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