Professional Experience: Internships
Fall 2019 Syllabus
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 21st, 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 in the Canvas site automatically.
This course uses a special consolidated Canvas site for every intern enrolled in all the above sections of INFO 294.
The Internship course is a field-based learning experience that takes place in a library, archives or other information-based organization. The work can be performed onsite or virtually. INFO 294 allows the student to obtain work experience while pursuing stated learning outcomes. It is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to test theories and to practice skills learned in the student’s program.
The Internship course is 2, 3 or 4 units, each unit equivalent to 45 hours (minimum) of on-site or virtual work.
See the 294 Internship pages for detailed requirements and responsibilities.
Deliverable Products for Course Completion
- Three Status Reports: Each student is required to share their internship activities via three detailed targeted discussion posts which encompass the work to date and describe progress toward Learning Outcomes. Further information regarding the requirement will be available on the Canvas site. Each post is submitted via a Canvas Discussion Forum.
- Internship Final Report: Based on the learning outcomes identified for the internship, the student will prepare a report discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished. Further information regarding the requirement will be available on the Canvas site.
- Site Evaluation Form: This allows the student to provide feedback on the site’s effectiveness in hosting iSchool internship students. This is a web-based form.
- Site Supervisor Evaluation Form: This allows the Site Supervisor to provide feedback on their student intern and the achievement of learning outcomes, and recommend the awarding of course credit. This is a web-based form generated each semester a site has an active internship filled.
In order to receive credit for the internship all hours must be completed; all status reports must be submitted on time; the final report must be submitted on time. Failure to meet all of these requirements will result in a No Credit for the Internship.
The Internship must be completed within the semester the student has registered for INFO 294. With prior approval, a student may begin the Internship prior to the beginning of the semester, but under no circumstances will a student be permitted to begin more than two weeks prior to the official first day of classes.
Internship Status posts (via Discussion Forums on Canvas) are due on the following days by 4:00 pm (Pacific): September 12th, October 17th, November 14th.
Internship Final Report is due on or before December 9th at 4:00 pm (Pacific).
All Internship work hours must be completed by the last day of instruction, December 9th.
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.
INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204, INFO 203, 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:
- Identify a set of learning outcomes specific to his/her internship site. This should be done in cooperation with the internship site supervisor.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
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