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Learn about admissions rates, academic data and demographics on our most recently admitted MLIS cohort.
Employment & career data
Students work in a variety of different positions, both at the iSchool and in other units around campus. Some sample student employment data from Autumn 2019:
- 48 percent of first-year residential MLIS students had secured an on-campus job midway through their first quarter in the program.
- Of the first-year residential students working on campus, 93 percent are working in a library.
- Of the second-year residential students working on campus, 66 percent are working in a library.
- Online MLIS students are eligible for employment at the UW, and 11 percent of this population has an on-campus job. (Note: Some of these individuals may be in full-time positions.)
- Around 50% of MLIS students do an internship (directed fieldwork), most are not done for credits, so there is no official record
- Most internships are unpaid, but those that are paid are in the range of $10-30 per hour.
Once enrolled in classes, students will have access to employment opportunities on campus. Those will include Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions, hourly student positions and part-time jobs. These positions could be within the iSchool, for another academic unit or department on campus or within the UW library system. Additionally, new students will have access to iCareers, our student job database, once they start the program in Autumn Quarter.
Additional jobs information is available here.
View an infographic showing employment statistics, salary ranges and locations of our recent MLIS graduates.
Capstone is the culmination of the iSchool student experience. Students team with partners from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to solve a problem, showcasing the skills they've learned at the iSchool. Learn about the process or view recent Capstone projects in our archive.
Each year, the iSchool partners with the UW’s Study Abroad Office to offer Exploration Seminars short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the UW summer quarter and beginning of the autumn quarter. Learn more about the programs.
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