UMSI Internship Program
The UMSI Internship Program is an integral part of the School of Information's professional master's program. The program integrates the application of knowledge and skills to specific problems outside the classroom, and both enables and requires you to combine what you have learned in the classroom with what you observe and experience in the "real world."
Master of Science in Information students must earn a portion of their 48 credits as UMSI Internship Program credits in order to graduate. Beginning in fall 2013, students will earn UMSI Internship Program credits through internships only. Credits earned from internships are counted as academic credits and apply toward the total number of academic credits required for your program.
- Students who entered the program fall 2013 or later must earn at least six UMSI Internship Program credits to graduate (from SI 690 and/or SI 681).
- Students who entered the program fall 2016 or later may earn a maximum of 9 UMSI Internship Program credits through approved internships (SI 690 or SI 681).
- Students who entered the program prior to fall 2016 may earn a maximum of 12 UMSI Internship Program credits through approved internships (SI 690 or SI 681).
- Students who entered the program prior to fall 2013 must earn at least eight UMSI internship Program credits to graduate (from SI 690 and/or SI 681 and UMSI Internship Program courses).
Students should view the UMSI Internship Program courses page for more information on the different course options offered to fulfill the Internship Program credit requirement at UMSI.
UMSI Internship Program internships
Internships that meet certain criteria and are approved by the UMSI Career Development Office are eligible for UMSI Internship Program credits. UMSI Internship Program internships can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. You need to enroll in SI 690 or SI 681 to receive credit for an internship. Once an internship offer is received, you must submit a an internship proposal via iTrack to be approved for credit. The proposal should be submitted as soon as possible, and prior to the start of the internship.
Available internships are posted to iTrack, UMSI's online recruiting system. You can use iTrack to search for internships by industry area, preferred job function(s), geographic location, and/or by keyword search. Students can also explore the broad array of internships other students have participated in by viewing online UMSI Internship Program exhibits. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet with Career Development Office staff to help develop an internship search strategy.
Student eligibility for UMSI Internship Program internships
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be able to receive UMSI Internship Program credits from internships:
- Complete two terms at the School of Information
- Be in good academic standing
- Attend a UMSI Internship Program Information Session
UMSI Internship Program internship eligibility
For an internship to be approved for UMSI Internship Program credit, it must meet certain standard criteria:
- Field of work must be related to what is taught and researched at UMSI
- The work must be at graduate-level and considered to be professional work
- The intern must have a mentor who has three or more years of professional work experience and agrees to the Mentor Agreement
- The work must be an incremental learning experience in that the function or project will help to develop new skills and abilities
- Work must provide students with a perspective outside of the School of Information
- The work cannot be a current part-time job
Propose your internship for credit
In order to receive credit for an internship, you must submit an internship proposal to the Career Development Office for approval. This should be completed via iTrack prior to the start of your internship.
International students should familiarize themselves with the process related to CPT Authorization. Note that the CPT approval process for internships can take up to three weeks, so please plan accordingly.
School Media students and internship credit
ED 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience (6 credits; also counts for 6 UMSI Internship Program credits): School Media students have the option to earn 6 UMSI Internship Program credits through ED 650. Students taking this course would need not take SI 690 or SI 681, as ED 650 fulfills the UMSI Internship Program requirement. Contact Kristin Fontichiaro to determine UMSI Internship Program credit eligibility and initiate the approval process.