MLIS Internships

The Department of Information Studies operates a dynamic and progressive internship program. This program provides students enrolled in the MLIS or PhD degree programs with a wide range of opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a structured professional environment under the supervision, guidance and mentoring of current practitioners in the information profession.
The internship program has been in place since the 1970s and has grown to include nearly 250 sites. Our Los Angeles location allows us to offer an exciting and diverse range of local internship sites. Our program is highly regarded among local organizations and companies. Among those working with UCLA to offer internships to our students are:

More than 20 internships are also available within UCLA such as:

For a complete list of sites hosting MLIS Interns in the 2016-2017 academic year, see the MLIS Internship Sites page. Interested in working with our skilled and motivated graduate students as a new Fieldwork or Internship site? The first step is to complete the online Internship/Fieldwork Site Application. The Department’s requirement for a 4-unit Internship (IS498) or Fieldwork (IS497) course is a minimum of 120 hours per quarter of responsible work at the professional level, supervised and evaluated by a qualified and appropriately credentialed professional in an information agency, archive or library approved by the Department. Internship supervisors typically hold an MLIS degree. Fieldwork supervisors must be professionals with appropriate training or credentials to oversee the type of experience offered, and will work with an instructor of record from the IS department faculty (either the student’s academic advisor or another faculty member with relevant expertise). For more information, please contact the Internship Coordinator: 102A GSE&IS Bldg., (310) 206-9231 Fax: (310) 206-4460


Internship hours must be completed during the quarter in which the student is enrolled; regular academic year quarters are ten weeks, and summer sessions may be six, eight, or ten weeks. See the Annual Academic Calendar for term start and end dates.


Agreement to Supervise an MLIS Intern/Fieldwork (PDF)

Suggested Practices for Site Supervisors (PDF)

Internship Evaluation Criteria (PDF)

Internship Evaluation Form (for supervisors) (PDF)

Internship/Fieldwork Site Application (PDF)