MLIS General Track Internships
MLIS general track students are encouraged to complete an internship before graduation, though an internship is not required for graduation. Internships are a great way to explore the type of work you want to do and the type of organization where you want to work, all while gaining valuable experience. Internships also help you stand out in the job market!
How to Find an Internship
There are many ways to find an internship in libraries. Faculty share internship opportunities regularly through the listserv, Thomas Cooper Library regularly wants internship students, and we have a lot of alumni ready to support students through internship opportunities. Check the listserv for current opportunities and reach out to your advisor. Students are also encouraged to reach out to their local libraries and other relevant organizations to inquire about internship opportunities.
Must work 140 hours over the course of the selected term at the same organization.
Must be in the field of library and information science
ISCI 794 registration is restricted until you complete the internship contract, and it is approved by your advisor and the iSchool director. You need to have proof of your internship offer as part of the contract process. The contract can take up to two weeks to process.
- Submit the ISCI 794 Internship Contract to be considered for academic credit. Note deadlines.
- Contract will be reviewed by iSchool faculty and director.
- If your internship is approved, you will receive override and registration instructions.
- Register for class via my.sc.edu.
- Pay course fees before tuition payment deadline.
- Copy of your resume.
- Job description detailing your expected work responsibilities and demonstrating the internship will consist of professional-level tasks in your field of study.
- Proof of internship offer letter from supervisor or Human Resources (a letter or email).
- Supervisor information.
Can I get paid during ISCI 794?
Yes, you can get course credit and get paid for working during your internship.
Why can't I register for this course?
ISCI 794 registration is restricted until you complete the Internship Contract, and it is approved by the iSchool director. You need to have proof of your internship offer as part of the contract process. The contract can take up to two weeks to process.
Do I pay tuition?
Yes, ISCI 794 is a three-credit-hour course and tuition must be paid accordingly. If you are approved for and added to the class, you are responsible for paying any fees prior to their deadlines. Missing tuition deadlines may cause you to be dropped from the class by the university.
Does my internship have to be in South Carolina?
No, your internship can take place anywhere in the world!
How long will it take for my registration hold to lift?
After your internship contract is approved, you will be given a Contract Override that will allow you to register for the class via Self Service Carolina.
What happens if my internship is canceled?
If your internship is canceled before or during the contracted time, reach out to your advisor. Your advisor will work with the iSchool director on a solution.