Undergraduate Internships and Individual Studies courses

Need an Internship? Students, you can find an internship for yourself!  

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.  

For ideas and preparation, Career Services can certainly help. Check the iSchool's online forum, get registered on WildCat JobLink and check out Internships.com for additional resources. Career Services also offers The Edge Internship Readiness Program, a free program to help students prepare for and find internships, as well as LEAP (for non-credit internships). 

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. 

Your undergraduate advisor can assist you also. Generally, however, students find their own internship experiences. Then, your advisor can make sure you complete the appropriate paperwork. 

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!

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 the undergraduate academic advisor.

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.

 

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 (ISTA 493) or any individual studies course (ISTA 499 or 492) in eSociety or ISTA, 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 Individual Studies Registration form (linked below) and have your Site Supervisor review and sign it. Students must complete a registration form in order to receive credit for ISTA 493, 499, or 492. Scan and email the form to the School of Information Internships Director Dr. Diana Daly (didaly@email.arizona.edu) for signature and registration processing. You can also submit a hard copy to Dr. Daly's mailbox in Harvill 409. Check your email in case more information is needed from you.
 
If your credits are approved, you will be registered by the undergraudate academic advisor. Once you are registered, follow further instructions in your individual studies course D2L site once your semester begins.
 

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. 

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 internship 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 internship credit a student can earn is 6 units. 

Summer session hours may be worked all summer (mid-May through 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 Individual Studies Registration Form 

Contact your academic advisor  to discuss your program of study and fill out the Registration form (form linked below). Make sure the form is signed by your Site Supervisor. 

 

2. Submit Internship Application to Individual Studies Director 

Before application deadlines, submit the Registration form to the Individual Studies Director at didaly@email.arizona.edu.  Applications can also be submitted to her mailbox in the School of Information Main Office, Harvill 409.

Applications will be evaluated on criteria including, but not limited to, feasibility of the proposal and student's academic preparation and work experience. The undergraduate academic advisor 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. Check the D2L page for your Individual 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 submitting the final evaluation for a grade (see below). 

4. Final evaluation 

At the end of the semester for which you are registered, your 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. 

Questions may be directed via email to Dr. Diana Daly, School of Information Internship Director, didaly@email.arizona.edu.

Individual Studies FAQs

How do I register for an Independent Study (ISTA 499) or Directed Research (ISTA 492)? 

The process for registering for an Independent Study (ISTA 499) is the same as the process described for 493 above. A University of Arizona 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 (ISTA 492) under the guidance of a University of Arizona 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. 

How do I find an internship?

Please check out our Internships/ Fellowships (http://si.arizona.edu/forums/internshipsfellowships) forum for a list of available opportunities in diverse industries, both local and national. This forum is updated intermittently as opportunities arise. 

LinkedIn is another resource for internships! Here are customized LinkedIn searches 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. 

Both Career Services and your academic advisor can be useful resources when searching for an internship.

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. 

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. 

Is an Internship required for my degree?

Students majoring in Information Science & Technology or Information Science & the Arts are required to complete an Internship (ISTA 493), Independent Study (ISTA 499), or Directed Research (ISTA 492) to complete their degree.

Students majoring in Information Science & eSociety are not required to complete an Internship for the degree but are strongly encouraged to seek out Internship experiences. The LEAP program at Career Services can help oversee a non-credit internship and ensure you receive an engaged learning notation on your transcript.

ESOC students are, however, welcome to apply for ISTA 493 credit, using the same process as ISTA students, outlined above. ISTA 493 credit can be used for elective credit. 

 

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