MARA 294-10
Professional Experience: Internships
Fall 2021 Syllabus

Dr. Linda Main
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail 

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 19th, 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  MARA 294 and all the sections of INFO 294.

Course Description

The Internship course is a field-based learning experience that takes place in a library, archives, records, or other information-based organization. The work can be performed onsite or virtually. MARA 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 3 units, each unit equivalent to 45 hours (minimum) of on-site or virtual work at the internship site. In addition there will be reporting requirements as outlined below.

Course Requirements

Deliverable Products for Course Completion

  • Three Status/Activity  Reports: Each student is required to share their internship activities via three detailed targeted reports which encompass the work to date and describe progress toward Learning Outcomes.  One of the reports will be a multimedia presentation. Further information regarding the requirement will be available on the Canvas site. 
  • 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.

In order to receive credit for the internship all hours must be completed; all status/activity 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.

Course Calendar
The Internship must be completed within the semester the student has registered for MARA 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 /Activity posts (via Discussion Forums on Canvas) are due on the following days by 4:00 pm (Pacific): September 14th, October 19th, November 16th.

Internship Final Report is due on or before  December 6th at 4:00 pm (Pacific).

All Internship work hours must be completed by the last day of instruction, December 6th.

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

MARA 200, MARA 204, plus six advanced courses. Good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above]

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful 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 approved professional experience plan.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 294 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply basic concepts and principles to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to physical and digital information assets.
  2. E Identify the standards and principles endorsed and utilized by data, archives, records, and information professionals.
  3. F Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of data, archives, information, or records programs.


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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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.

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