SLAIS is committed to providing students with a variety of learning experiences while they work on their degrees. In addition to courses offered on-site and via web-based delivery, SLAIS offers a variety of courses aimed at providing students with field-based experiences. These include practicum placements, internships and professional experience projects, and the Co-op paid employment program. Use the links below to find information on each of these exciting opportunities.
We are grateful to the dozens of organizations, both local and from around the world, who have accepted students over the past academic year for experiential learning. Click here to see the list of hosts, and join us in thanking them for their generosity.
Internship - ARST 595 [3 credits]
Archival students work under the direct supervision of a professional in the field for three months of full-time work with no pay. Arrangements are made by the School. A final report is required, and is evaluated by the student’s faculty advisor. For further information, visit the course page.
Practicum - LIBR 595 [non-credit course]
Library and Information Studies students are placed in an organization of their choice for two-week period. Students gain a broad understanding of how libraries and information organizations function and are managed largely through observation with some hands-on work. Arrangements are made by the School. This a non-credit optional course in the MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS programs for students who initially enroll in the MLIS or Dual MAS/MLIS program in September 2011 or later. For students enrolled prior to September 2011, please visit the Experiential Learning (Practicum/Professional Experience/Co-op) section of the MLIS program page at http://www.slais.ubc.ca/programs/mlis.htm. For further information, visit the course page.
Professional Experience - ARST 596 / LIBR 596 [3 credits]
A student works on a specific project suggested either by someone in the field or by a student. The student works under the direct supervision of a professional in the field, who monitors and evaluates the work in conjunction with the Student Services Coordinator. For further information, visit the course page.
Co-op Program [Participation noted on transcript]
The SLAIS Co-operative Education Program is a learning program that combines an all-day, mandatory pre-employment workshop facilitated by SLAIS Co-op employers, alumni, and current students with career coaching with Co-op staff and paid workplace experience that provides real work practice specific to the information professions to enhance classroom learning. During these work terms, students also complete a series of career-building assignments marked by Co-op staff. They also participate in mid-point and end-of-term evaluations with the SLAIS Co-op coordinator. Successful completion of each work term is noted on the student's transcripts.
The SLAIS Co-op Program is available to students in the MAS, MLIS, and Dual MAS/MLIS programs. Applications are accepted in October; students who begin in January will need to apply in advance of beginning their studies.
For more information on the SLAIS Co-op program, visit the iSchool's Co-op page and the Faculty of Arts Co-op web site. If you have questions, contact the SLAIS coordinator of the Arts Co-op Program, Anna Jubilo [phone: 604-822-4223; e-mail: email@example.com]. Application forms, deadlines, and further information is available on the Faculty of Arts Co-op web site.
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
470 – 1961 East Mall
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z1