The School of Information has long valued practical experience for students. As part of this, internships are highly encouraged and required for some degree programs. Following a model for experience-based learning, internships allow students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. This practice leads students to reflect on the experience while considering how this will impact their future actions. Going through this cycle allows students to develop deeper knowledge for their future career. We strive to facilitate this type of integrative learning that will allow students to develop their identity as an information professional.
Bachelor of Science in Information
Given the real-world orientation of the BSI, internships will be encouraged and will be actively pursued by BSI students with support from the UMSI Career Development Office. Students will seek out internship opportunities that will enhance their academic experiences and further develop their professional skills. BSI students are able to receive elective credit for summer internships.
Master of Science in Information
Master of Science in Information students must earn a portion of their 48 credits through the UMSI Internship Program in order to graduate. The UMSI Internship Program is an integral part of the School of Information's professional master's program. The UMSI Internship 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 Health Informatics
The MHI program, which has a required internship component, focuses on developing the skills required to create health information systems and resources that are truly useful to those who interact with them. This requires a deep understanding of the context and the goals of the systems’ end users, and an ability to translate their requirements into designs that are practical to implement and support, and that can accommodate the high rate of change that is characteristic of the health sector. Through the internship experience students integrate conceptual understanding of health issues with a strong ability to recognize unique requirements of each setting.
PhD in Information
Although not required, internships give PhD students considering a non-academic career path additional practical experience. The Career Development Office provides support for those students who wish to pursue a complimentary internship to their PhD program study.