Internships offer the student an opportunity to learn how information studies principles and techniques are applied in a structured setting. The internship experience is a collaborative undertaking by the student, site supervisor, internship coordinator, and student peers. Although the primary responsibility for a successful internship experience rests with the student, site supervisor, internship coordinator, and student should all be involved in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of the experience.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines an internship as:
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
General internships are voluntary and available to all eligible students. An internship experience can supplement your program of study. It can give you a strategic advantage by allowing you to work in an area that may augment or supplement our academics in the graduate program and provide additional marketability for your resume in the job hunt. An internship offers you an opportunity to try out various diverse information jobs to see if they suit you.
The School of Information Internship Coordinator approves the appropriateness of a proposed internship to the student’s program of study, pending verification of the student’s eligibility. To be considered for registration in a general internship, the student must:
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA (in other words, be in good academic standing), and
- Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate-level LIS coursework, 6 hours of which must be two core courses required by their chosen major program of study.
If a student does not meet one or both of these criteria at any time during the application process (including, but not limited to, just before the internship begins), the student will be pulled from the internship and the internship site will be notified immediately by the Internship Coordinator.
The purpose of an internship is to provide students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the program. Students must locate their own internship site and are strongly encouraged to begin the internship process well before the start of the semester in which the internship will be completed. View a list of internship opportunities posted by CCI or locate an opportunity of interest related to your own professional and educational goals.
How does the general internship work?
Interns are required to complete a minimum of 45 hours at the work site per semester hour registered (i.e. if a student registers for 3 semester hours of internship credit, he/she will be required to complete a minimum of 135 hours or approximately 9 hours per week for a 15-week semester). Students may register for 1 to 6 semester hours of internship credit, which may be earned during one or more semesters. A maximum of six semester hours of internship credit may be applied toward the master’s or specialist degree. Additional internship hours may be completed but will not be applied toward degree completion requirements.
All internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis only. Internships completed during the fall and spring semesters will cover the standard 15-week semester. Internships completed during the summer will cover the 12-week Summer A session.
To take advantage of the time before the internship starts, we require that your learning objectives be agreed to by the Internship Coordinator beforehand. Please see the instructional video below for information about composing your learning objectives.
Can I complete a general internship while working at my job?
An intern may not receive credit for a job at which he/she is already working or at which he/she will be working once the internship is finished. The internship is a focused work experience with the primary purpose of learning, the secondary purpose of providing meaningful work for the site. An intern may participate in an internship at the same work site at which he/she is employed only if the internship is distinctly different from the regular job.
How do I request to take a general internship for academic credit?
- Locate an Internship site
- Submit an online Graduate Internship Application
International Internship in Florence
Note: The London Internships are, for the moment, suspended. We do not see a resolution in the near future, and have little choice but to not offer these internships at this time. If the situation eventually resolves, updated information will be available via this website.
School Library Media Internships
Students pursuing the school library media program track should refer to the information posted in the “School Library Media Students” Blackboard organization site or contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Everhart, at firstname.lastname@example.org.