INFO 294-02,-03,-04 (Regular Session)
INFO 294-10,-11,-12 (Special Session)
Professional Experience: Internships
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Dr. Bill Fisher

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning 23 August, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

The Internship is a field-based learning experience that takes place in a public, academic, special library or other information-based organization. It allows the student to obtain work experience while pursuing stated learning outcomes. It is designed to provide the student the opportunity to test theories and to practice skills learned in the student’s program.

As an iSchool course, the internship follows the same timeline as any other Fall semester course (classes begin on Wednesday, 23 August and end on Monday, 11 December).  The Internship course may be taken for 2, 3 or 4 units of academic credit, each unit equivalent to a minimum of 45 hours of work. Interns work at their respective sites throughout the entire semester regardless of the number of units; you need to schedule your time at your site accordingly.

See the Library Internship page for detailed requirements, responsibilities, and forms.

Course Requirements

The student is required to participate in the online discussion of the internship which takes place on the course Canvas site.

Deliverable Products
The student is required to submit the following document throughout the term in which the internship takes place:

  • Internship Log: The student will maintain an on-going record of his/her activities for the internship. Your log forms the basis for the discussion mentioned above. Further information regarding the internship log will be available on the Canvas site.

The student is required to submit the following documents upon completion of the internship:

  • Internship Report: Based upon the learning outcomes identified for the internship, the student will prepare a report discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished.
  • Site Evaluation Form: This allows the student to provide feedback on their site’s effectiveness in hosting iSchool internship students, and recommend the continuance or discontinuance of that site.
  • Additional Requirements: The student may be required to submit supplemental materials such as written reports, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios or samples of professional work to demonstrate achievement of their learning outcomes.

Tentative Course Calendar
As mentioned above, the Internship runs throughout the entire Fall semester.  Additionally, the Internship must be completed within the semester the student has registered for INFO 294; dates for submission of the required Internship documents will be posted on Canvas.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 204 and nine units of electives. Students must be in good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above and no outstanding incompletes]

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a set of learning outcomes specific to his/her internship site. This should be done in cooperation with the internship site supervisor.
  2. Analyze and discuss how the principles and practices of management, organizational culture and professional-related concerns are applied in a specific archives or information-based organization.
  3. Test theories of library and information science and practice skills learned in the program at a specific archives or information-based organization.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 294 supports the following core competencies:

  1. If the student is planning to use the internship in whole or in part to meet one or more of the competencies needed to complete the program, he/she should prepare a learning outcome that addresses the area covered by a given competency. This does not mean that the statement of competency can be used for a learning outcome. An original learning outcome must be developed that will help the student fulfill a given competency through meeting the learning outcome during the internship.


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This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes will only be awarded in the case of serious medical or family issues (with appropriate documentation supplied).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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