1. Normally, the internship is for one semester, approximately 16 weeks. The fall semester usually begins the last week of August and runs through the second week in December. The spring semester usually begins the second week in January and runs through the first week in May. The summer term usually begins the second week in May and runs through the second week in August.
2. The internship is a part-time position and should not exceed 20 hours per week. Normally, the internships should be equal to 8 to 12 hours of on-task activity each week of the semester. Actual schedules, however, are determined by mutual agreement between the supervisor and intern.
3. Normally, a LIS student completes no more than one internship during his or her graduate study at IUPUI. The internship is optional and is not required in order to complete the requirements for the master’s degree from LIS. Students in a dual master’s degree program may complete up to six credits. Students in the Specialist degree program may complete up to six credits. Normally, an internship placement should be for three credits during a given semester.
4. Normally, an institution does not employ the same intern for more than one semester. This allows a greater number of students to gain the experience and does not commit the institution to long-range employment obligations. Institutions are encouraged to provide internships on an ongoing basis.
5. Interns should be interviewed by prospective employers at least one month prior to the start of the internship. Placements will be determined no less than one week prior to the beginning of the semester of the experience.
A salary for the intern is not required (but encouraged)
1. The paid intern should be compensated for his or her work at least 25% above the minimum wage level. Interns are not expected to receive benefits.
2. Normally, the intern is paid on a bi-weekly basis.
3. Individuals who agree to supervise an intern will not receive any form of compensation for such service from Indiana University, IUPUI, the School of Informatics and Computing or the Department of Library and Information Science.
1. Institutions interested in providing an internship on a regular basis should negotiate a written job description with LIS (through the office of the Director of Admissions or the Coordinator). This description should include specific tasks to be performed, expected entry level skills, normal scheduled hours, supervisor’s name and position, and location of the internship.
2. Job descriptions may be revised to meet various skills of individual interns and demands of the institution, but specific tasks must be agreed on before an intern is placed.
3. Interns are expected to meet reasonable dress code and time schedule requirements as determined by the institution.
4. Institutions may release an intern before the end of a semester’s experience, or an intern may terminate the position with an institution before the end of the semester. In either case, due process will include first establishing a conference among the intern, the supervisor, and the coordinator of internships for LIS. Resolution of problems should come from this meeting, but should the problems continue in the opinion of any of the parties involved, the internship can be terminated.
5. Typical areas of responsibility for interns include (under the guidance of an on-site supervisor):
- Development and/or management of databases
- Classification and organization of materials and data, including indexing and abstracting
- Preservation of materials
- Provision of reference services and bibliographic instruction
- Programming of activities for specific groups (children and young adult reading and storytelling activities; outreach to business groups or retired individuals; information assistance to individuals with a disability)
- Developing means for presentation of information, electronically or in print.
- Conducting information and communication audits
- Undertaking analysis and design of information systems
- Development or refinement of Web sites
1. The employing institution is expected to provide a supervisor for the intern. Supervisors normally hold an advanced degree and have several years of successful experience in their professional positions.
2. The supervisor is expected to determine the role of the intern and the specific tasks to be accomplished. The supervisor is expected to furnish a written evaluation of the intern at the end of the semester. The supervisor should contact the SLIS coordinator of internships if problems arise with the intern’s placement.