MARA 294-10
Professional Experience - Internships
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Dr. Patricia C. Franks

Other contact information:  607-341-5713 (cell)
Office hours: Virtual office hours 6-7 p.m. (pacific) Mondays and other days/times by appointment.

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ANGEL Information:
This course has an Angel site. All students will be enrolled by instructor by first day of instruction.

Course Description

Internship under professional supervision in a selected archives or records center. The internship site must meet criteria outlined in the MARA internship guidelines and be approved by the internship coordinator. Repeatable.

Prerequisite: MARA 200, 202, 204, plus six advanced courses.  Good academic standing.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. analyze and discuss how the principles and practices of management, organizational culture and professional-related concerns are applied in a specific archives, records center, or information-based organization
  2. test theories of archival science and recordkeeping and practice skills learned in the program at a specific archives, records center, or information-based organization
  3. each student will also identify a set of learning outcomes specific to his/her practicum site. This should be done in cooperation with the practicum site supervisor 

MARA 294 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • D. Have expertise in the basic concepts and principles used to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to records of current and enduring value
  • E. Understand the system of standards and structures endorsed and utilized by the recordkeeping professions, particularly in the areas of digital assets and electronic records managementnbsp;
  • F. Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of records and recordkeeping organizations

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Course Requirements

Information in this section taken from MARA 294 Web Page at

Qualifying for the MARA Internship program
To qualify for MARA's Professional internship program, you must:

  1. Be matriculated in the MARA degree program.
  2. Remain in good academic standing.
  3. Have completed MARA 200, 202, 204, and six advanced courses.

Completing the requirements
If you meet the qualifications, you will be registered for MARA 294 and be required to complete 135 hours during one semester at an approved internship site. The internship site must meet criteria outlined in the MARA internship guidelines posted at and be approved by the internship coordinator.

The 135–hour requirement is the equivalent of 9 hours a week, but the scheduling is it is possible to start the internship assignment 2 weeks before the semester begin if this arrangement is approved by the site supervisor and the internship coordinator.

Evaluating the Experience
Several instruments will be used in evaluating your internship performance and experience, some optional and others required. The actual method or combination of methods used for evaluation will depend on your established internship goals, learning outcomes, and assignments. Some or all of the following will be requested upon completion of the internship:

  1. ANGEL discussion. You will be required to enroll in ANGEL and participate in the online discussion of the internships.
  2. Blog. This provides a weekly record of activities and an analysis of what was learned, problems encountered, and questions generated.
  3. Final report. At the conclusion of the internship, you are required to submit a final report indicating how the learning outcomes established for the course were met. If for some reason the learning outcomes were only partially met, or not met at all, some discussion of what happened will be necessary.
  4. Site evaluation form. The student evaluation of site form allows you to provide feedback on the internship site's effectiveness in hosting a SLIS intern and to recommend the site’s continuance or discontinuance as an internship site.
  5. Site supervisor's evaluation form. The site supervisor evaluation form will provide formal written feedback by the site supervisor on your internship performance. A portion of your grade will be based on this evaluation.
  6. Additional requirements. In addition to the above, you may also be asked to submit supplemental materials to the faculty supervisor such as written reports, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios, or samples of professional work.

Note: Students with extensive experience can still learn from working in a completely different setting and interacting with other professionals. Therefore, participation in this Internship program is still required. If you are currently employed in an archives or records center, a placement that will provide you with a rewarding experience in a new setting can be addressed on an individual basis with the Internship coordinator.

Course Calendar|
The Practicum must be completed within the semester; dates for submission of the required Practicum documents will be posted in Angel. With prior approval, a student may begin the Practicum up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

Students in MARA 294 will complete readings from textbook used for MARA 293.  Students in MARA 294 will continue to meet bi-weekly in Elluminate with members of MARA 295.

A detailed schedule with dates for submission of the required documents and discussion posts will be posted in Angel each term. All assignments are introduced Monday of the week indicated. Blogs and discussions are due the following Sunday, 11:55 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) . Other assignments are due Sunday evening, 11:55 p.m. PST of the week in which they are listed on the schedule. The basic time frame for the fall semester will be as follows (subject to change with fair notice):


Start & End Dates

Main Activity



1/26 – 1/30

Angel: Introduction to Course, Review of Internship Requirements

Blog Entry #1: Initial thoughts on the course.


1/31 – 2/6

Complete a description of the Internship position, describe the Internship site and supervisor, and detail how the core competencies will be mastered.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, Feb. 3

Blog Entry #2: Thoughts on the internship position, site, and supervisor.


Reading, PM text: Chapter 5, Management Functions


2/7 – 2/13

Continue work at internship site.

Blog Entry #3: Reflections on weekly activities


2/14 – 2/20

Continue work at internship site.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, Feb. 17

Blog Entry #4: Reflections on weekly activities


Reading, PM text: Chapter 8, Special Topics


2/21 – 2/27

Continue work at internship site.

Blog Entry #5: Reflections on weekly activities


2/28 – 3/6

Continue work at internship site.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, March 3

Blog Entry #6: Reflections on weekly activities


Reading, PM text: Chapter 9, Variables for Success


3/7 – 3/13

Continue work at internship site.

Blog Entry #7: Reflections on weekly activities


3/14 – 3/20

Continue work at internship site.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, March 17

Blog Entry #8: Reflections on weekly activities


Reading, PM text: Chapter 14, Pricing & Estimating


3/21 – 3/27

Continue work at internship site.

Blog Entry #9: Reflections on weekly activities

3/29 – 4/3:  Spring Break – Enjoy!!!


4/4 – 4/10

Continue work at internship site.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, April 7

Blog Entry #10: Reflections on weekly activities


Reading, PM text: Chapter 15, Cost Control


4/11 – 4/17

Continue work at internship site.

Blog Entry #11
Reflections on weekly activities


4/18 – 4/24

Continue work at internship site.

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, April 21

Blog Entry #12: Reflections on weekly activities


Reading, PM text: Chapter 18, Learning Curves


4/25 – 5/1

Continue work at internship site

Blog Entry #13: Reflections on weekly progress.


5/2 – 5/8

Continue work at internship site

Elluminate meeting: Thursday, May 5

Blog Entry #14: Reflections on weekly activities.


Reading, PM text: Chapter 22, Scope Changes


5/9 – 5/15

Present Final Report indicating how the learning outcomes established for the course were met. Submit an evaluation of the internship site and site supervisor. Ensure that the internship site supervisor has submitted a signed and dated statement evaluating your performance.

Blog Entry #15: Summary of experiences at Internship site.

Wrap Up

5/16 and 5/17

Course Completion: Last official day of instruction is 5/17. I will use 5/16 and 5/17 to grade work and compile final grades. Please complete a SOTE (Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness) by 11:55 p.m. on 5/17. Course grades will be available in Angel by 5/18 – or earlier if all work is submitted and graded early.

SOTE (Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness) due by 11:55 p.m. on 5/17 – Optional but appreciated.

Course Grading
This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis and are governed by the SLIS incomplete policy posted to

Textbooks and Readings

(Project Management Text used in 293 will be used here as well)

No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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