Hire a UMSI intern

The School of Information has a long history of providing students with opportunities to work with professionals in their field in mentored learning experiences.

Our commitment to this ideal is such that we require students in all of our master's degree programs to gain practical experience before graduation by participating in credit-based internships through UMSI's Internship Program.

Where do UMSI students intern?

UMSI students intern in every industry and all around the world. They work in major software firms, libraries, consulting organizations, archives, non-profits, governmental agencies, and more.  Refer to our most recent Internship Reports in Additional Resources to gain a comprehensive overview of what our students are doing.

What do mentors say about UMSI interns?

• 99.5% of mentors found the experience of having a UMSI student as an intern was a valuable contribution to their organization
• 87% of mentors found that UMSI students' internship work was excellent
• 100% of mentors reported that they would hire a UMSI student again

Year after year, mentors report on the valuable skills and traits most commonly identified in their UMSI interns:

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Strong work ethic
  • High level of technical expertise
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Honed communication styles
  • Functional knowledge
  • Flexibility
  • Analytical abilities
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Design skills

Internship requirements

Employers are encouraged to develop internships that are based on the following criteria in order to provide the most mutually beneficially experience for both the student and your organization:

  • Field of work must be related to the curriculum and research at UMSI
  • Work must be professional and at a level considered appropriate for graduate students
  • A mentor who has at least three years experience in the field.  The student cannot be the expert in the work they are doing.
  • The position’s function must offer an incremental learning experience for the student.  The student must be learning a new skill or knowledge area during the internship.
  • Work must be practical-based, or applied.  Work that is research-based only will not qualify.
  • Work must provide student interns with a perspective outside of the School of Information. Student interns should be provided with the opportunity to network and have contact with external constituents for more than 50 percent of their time (this is important to note for students interning with UMSI faculty).
  • These guidelines only apply to students who are pursing academic credit for their internship.

Mentorship requirements

The School of Information requires interns to be supervised by a professional in a way that also includes a mentoring capacity. This role does not vary much from what is expected of a supervisor. However, we have identified specific criteria to be followed:

  • The student, in collaboration with the mentor, will develop a document outlining the intern's responsibilities, anticipated deliverables, and projected learning outcomes and submit it to the Career Development Office in the form of a UMSI Internship Program Proposal*.
  • The mentor should plan to spend at least one hour per week, with more hours during the student's first few weeks, reviewing the student's work and meeting with the student to provide advice and monitor progress toward the student's goals.
  • Mentors are required to submit an evaluation of the student's performance and learning outcomes upon completion of the internship.
  • The mentor must agree to the Mentor Agreement set forth by the School before the start of the internship.
  • These guidelines only apply to students who are pursing academic credit for their internship.

For more information, mentors can view a sample UMSI Internship Program proposal and the Mentor Agreement.

Hours and pay

• Students can work part time or full time in increments of 30 hours, with a 60 hour minimum per term.
• Pay is not required but is becoming more important in a competitive environment and is a critical factor in most students' acceptance of internships.
• Pay and work schedule is negotiated between mentors and the students.
• If the internship is unpaid, please let the student know early in the recruiting process.

Recruit a UMSI Intern today!

In order to identify candidates for your internship, post your internship description to iTrack. If you would like to discuss the development of an internship opportunity within your organization or assistance in promoting it, contact our office at umsi.careers@umich.edu.