Experiential Learning

The iSchool is committed to providing students with a variety of learning experiences while they work on their degrees. The school excels at providing students with a variety of options to attain field-based experience. In addition to our successful Co-operative Education Program, the school provides students with options to earn academic credit while attaining valuable real-world experience. Information on these courses is listed below.

Students can review some of the placements that students have taken on in the past at the iSchool Experiential Learning Blog.

The school is extremely grateful to the dozens of organizations, both local and from around the world, who have accepted students over the years for experiential learning placements. A detailed list of past hosts, as well as information on how organizations can post a placement for our students, can be found on the Community-Based Experiential Learning page of our Community section.

ARST 595: Internship

Credit weight: 3 credits

Archival students work under the direct supervision of a professional in the field for three months of full-time work with no pay. Arrangements are made by the School. A final report is required, and is evaluated by the student’s faculty advisor. For further information, visit the course page.

LIBR 595: Practicum

Credit weight: Non-credit course
Library and Information Studies students are placed in an organization of their choice for two-week period. Students gain a broad understanding of how libraries and information organizations function and are managed largely through observation with some hands-on work. Arrangements are made by the School. For further information, visit the course page.

ARST 596 / LIBR 596: Professional Experience

Credit weight: 3 credits

Students works on a specific project suggested either by someone in the field or by a student. The student works under the direct supervision of a professional in the field, who monitors and evaluates the work in conjunction with the Student Services Coordinator. For further information, visit the course page [ARST 596 / LIBR 596].

ARST 575R / LIBR 569R: Graduating Project

Credit weight: 3 credits

This optional experiential learning course, taken by students in the final or penultimate term at the school, provides students the opportunity to collaborate with peers, professors, and industry or community partners on a real-life issue or challenge. Students use this placement as an opportunity  to synthesize and reflect upon the competencies they have gained during their degree programs and produce a meaningful, tangible product that represents a culmination of students’ skills and knowledge. For further information, visit the course page [ARST 575R / LIBR 569R].