Host a Practicum

Benefits to the site supervisor

Want to bring energy, enthusiasm, and new perspectives to your workplace while providing valuable hands-on experience for an aspiring information professional? There is no better way than hosting a talented iSchool student for a practicum.

Consider supervising a student or submit a practicum announcement for the iSchool's student job board, including a description of your organization, the work, and the required background. View our sample practicum descriptions for guidance in promoting opportunities at your organization. When you and a student are matched, you will be responsible for working to develop specific learning outcomes that will guide practicum activities as well as supervising the student during the 100 hours of fieldwork experience.

Questions about supervising a practicum? Contact us today!

Tanvi Malhotra, Julia Hart, and Anmol Gandhi

I have worked with the iSchool for a number of years in the past and am aware of the quality of the programs, the types of coursework, and the talent of the students. The skills that I was looking for in our interns included both technical and nontechnical—focusing on communication, initiative, and teamwork as well as programming skills and a good understanding of data science.

Julia Hart, Site Leader for the COUNTRY Financial DigitaLab

Benefits to the student

Practicum allows students to:

  • Gain practical experience based on the understanding and application of theoretical knowledge.
  • Observe the analysis of and solutions to problems arising in professional work settings.
  • Interact with colleagues in a professional work environment.
  • Participate in a representative range of professional activities in the work setting.
  • Develop professional self-awareness
Seung Jun

I worked at the AbbVie Innovation Center at the University of Illinois Research Park. As a market research intern, my role was to research and deliver key findings on emerging technologies that could be leveraged to improve AbbVie’s pharmacovigilance efforts.

Seung Jun (MS '18), Senior Consultant at West Monroe digital consulting firm

Tuition and fee waivers for employers

The iSchool recognizes the time and resources an employer devotes to supervising a practicum student. To thank you for this contribution, we offer tuition and fee waivers to site supervisors and organizations. These waivers allow you to enroll full time or part time in continuing education courses for one semester. Please contact the practicum coordinator for more information.

Three iSchool students worked on a 3D scanning service project and software development project as part of their practicum experience at the Innovation, Discovery, Design, & Data Lab (IDEA Lab). Located in Grainger Engineering Library, the IDEA Lab serves as a demonstration and prototyping site for exploring the interface between design learning, informatics, visualization, and data analytics.

Questions about serving as a site supervisor? Contact me!

Rebecca Hodson
Rebecca Hodson, Assistant Director of Career Services & Practicum Coordinator