- What does the LIS 490 Internship include?
The LIS 490 Internship is an opportunity to gain field experience in a library, archive, museum, or other related information field determined with your advisor. Most internships are 120 hours of field experience and supporting academic activities. There is a 3-credit minimum for internships in the LIS Minor (40 hours of field work per credit). Students in the LIS Certificate do not need the internship.
Students can complete the internship once they have met the prerequisite coursework of LIS 110, LIS 201, LIS 310, and LIS 314. Grading in the internship is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
- Where can I do my internship?
As an online program with students from around the state and nation, internships are not place-bound to Ellensburg. Many students choose to intern with their local public library or historical society. Sites for internships can include: public libraries, special libraries, historical societies, business libraries, academic libraries, museums and cultural centers, and other sites that require organizational work. Internships are intended to provide you with hands-on experience and connections with information professionals in the field. Having those experiences in your local community is highly encouraged and is a great way to connect locally and share knowledge from your coursework back with your community.
- When do I start preparing for the internship?
You can start preparing for the internship as soon as you enter the LIS Minor. One of the best ways to begin preparing is to research locations you would be interested in doing an internship with. You really can’t start this process too early and developing an internship takes time and collaboration with the site.
- How do I go about setting up an internship?
- Once you have a plan in place for when you will have completed prerequisite courses by, you can decide what quarter you’d like to complete your internship.
- With that plan in mind, work with your advisor to develop a plan for contacting a site or sites that you are interested in interning with. We recommend starting communication with the internship site as early as a year in advance of your intended internship quarter.
- With your advisor and site supervisor, work on developing a Learning Agreement with Career Services. This will ensure you are enrolled in the course.
- Purchase non-medical liability insurance within the same academic year as your internship (starts and ends in September)