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ILS Internship Guidelines and Forms

Internship Guidelines and Forms

ILS Internships allow students in the master's and specialist degree programs to work in real world settings, guided by knowledgeable, experienced, and successful supervisors. Internships help in exploring career options and provide potential employers a valuable perspective on a student's interests and experience. ILS maintains a list of internship placements for which we have been contacted by the potential supervisors.

Z605 - Internship in Information Library Services is offered for variable credit. Each academic credit hour requires 60 hours of onsite work. Normally, the graduate student does not begin the internship until he or she has completed 18 ILS graduate credit hours. Specific skills or courses required for an internship are listed in the descriptions. M.L.S. students may register for 2 or 3 credits; students in dual, M.I.S., or specialist programs may complete up to 6 credits with advisor approval.

ILS Internship Coordinator: Jesse Elkins, elkinsjr[at]

Internship Forms

I. Purpose

An internship is an opportunity for a student to gain practice in a real world setting under the guidance of a knowledgeable, experienced, and successful supervisor. The internship can be established in any setting in which information is gathered, stored, managed, retrieved, and disseminated.

Normally, the internship is completed by the student for the purpose of earning academic credit only. In some cases, however, as long as the requirements for academic credit are established as a portion of the overall internship experience, students may receive payment for their work.

II. Statement to Potential Internship Sponsors

Profit and not-for-profit institutions are encouraged to seek placement of a graduate student from the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University in the position of intern. Students who have skills in various areas of information organization, acquisition, preservation, service, and presentation are available to work on specific projects in order to gain valuable experience in the application of such skills prior to entering a professional career.

Time Frames


Intern Job Descriptions


III. Academic Guidelines: Elements Required for Credit

Any internship, salaried or non-salaried, may be completed for academic credit provided the student is engaged in a variety of high-level tasks. In no case should the student complete an internship under the supervision of an individual who is employed at the same institution as the student. For example, if a student is employed as a teacher in an Indiana school corporation, that student is to complete the internship experience in an environment outside that in which he or she is employed. It is considered a conflict of interest for the supervisor to be a co-employee with the intern.

The opportunity to complete an internship for credit is not required for the master's degree. ILS does not guarantee placement, but each student is encouraged to seek an internship if this experience is potentially valuable in meeting the student's career goals.

Common Requirements for Academic Credit

Role of the Student

Role of the Student's Adviser

Role of the Internship Coordinator

Role of the On-site Supervisor