The Career Development Office coaches students on conducting a successful internship search, engages them throughout the experience and empowers them to see how internships connect to their career goals and professional development.
Practical experience through internships is highly encouraged in all degree programs and required in the MSI and MHI programs. This form of experience-based learning allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. Students are able to reflect on the experience while considering how this will impact their future actions. Through internships, students can develop their identities as information professionals. Donor support provides funding for eligible unpaid and underpaid internships.
All internships approved for UMSI Internship Program credit have these benefits:
- The internship is related to what is taught and researched at UMSI and connects to the student’s coursework and future career goals
- The internship provides hands-on professional work that helps the student develop new learning, skills and abilities
- The student has a professional supervisor with three or more years of experience who provides mentoring for a successful internship experience
94% of students say internships made them better prepared for career success.
Bachelor of Science in Information
Given the real-world orientation of the BSI, internships are encouraged and actively supported by the Career Development Office. All BSI juniors must take SI 300 Career & Internship Search Studio instructed by Career Development Office staff. This course provides a foundation of career education for all BSI students and supports students throughout their internship search. BSI students can also receive elective credit for summer internships.
Master of Science in Information
Master of Science in Information students must earn at least six but no more than nine credits from approved internship(s) in order to graduate. Typically students fulfill this requirement in locations around the world during the summer between the first and second years of the program, but there is flexibility to earn credit during fall or winter of their second year. While completing an approved internship, MSI students participate in an online course to complement the internship experience and further their learning. Credits earned from internships are counted as part of the required academic credits for the MSI.
Master of Health Informatics
Master of Health Informatics students must complete an approved 360+-hour internship in order to graduate. Typically students fulfill this requirement in locations around the world during the summer between the first and second years of the program, but there is flexibility to complete an internship during fall or winter of their second year.
PhD in Information
Although not required, internships give PhD students considering a non-academic career path additional practical experience. The Career Development Office provides internship search coaching for those students who wish to pursue an industry internship to complement their PhD program study.
UMSI offers internship grants to support students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in an internship that may be unpaid or underpaid. The link below provides a chart to determine eligibility, focus and requirements for each award. Additional information about eligibility, requirements and applying for the internship grant can be found on M-Compass.