Internships are highly recommended, and allow you to apply concepts and practices learned in coursework as you assist in professional entry-level work under the formal guidance from a qualified supervisor/mentor. You may take part in a variety of projects including but not limited to:
- Redesign of a website
- Taxonomy construction
- Information security analysis
- Database modeling
- Information retrieval system design
- Requirements analysis for large information projects
There are three primary criteria that a setting or experience must meet in order to qualify for academic credit as an internship in the MSIM program:
- The internship site/experience must be approved by the MSIM academic advisor or IMT 590 faculty coordinator
- Your work/projects/tasks must be primarily of a professional or beginning professional nature
- The internship must constitute a learning experience for that relates to the academic scope of the MSIM program
The curriculum is designed so that the internship experience can lead directly into your Capstone experience (INFX 595 and 596) during winter and spring quarters prior to graduation.
Please also note the following portions of iSchool procedures relevant to internships:
- The student must have completed the first year of the MSIM program (minimum 30 credits for full-time students), including all core courses scheduled in the first year (currently IMT 500, IMT 550, IMT 570, IMT 580).
- Typically only Full-Time students are eligible for internships. Mid-Career students seeking internships must be approved by the MSIM Academic Advisor or Program Chair.
- Summer internships may be taken for 1-4 credits. A maximum of 2 credits may be taken for fall, winter, and spring internships. Number of credits is determined by the number of hours to be worked, with each credit requiring 100 hours of work.
- Late enrollment in internships is permitted up until the end of week 4 of the quarter in which the internship will be undertaken. Students who enroll late in an internship may be expected to complete the required internship hours in exam week or the study break.
- Students requiring CPT (Curricular Program Training) approval must submit application by the end of week 4 of the quarter in which the internship will be undertaken. No CPT submissions will be accepted after the end of week 4 of the quarter in which the internship will be undertaken.
- Students may not undertake an internship and Capstone project concurrently with the same sponsor.
Internship Process and Forms
- Internship Process
- Full-time summer internships: step-by-step guide
- Part-time internship over two or more quarters: step-by-step guide
- Internship Learning Objectives Agreement form
- Mid-Quarter Report form
- Internship Final Reflection form
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Process for International Students