UCLA Information Studies Candidates Out in the Community to Learn and Serve

The UCLA Information Studies Department Internship Program works with libraries, museums, archives, corporations, and information stakeholders to extend the classroom experience of its professional students into communities and professional environments that allow them to apply their knowledge and develop practical experience.

Nine Los Angeles Public Libraries recruited interns from the Information Studies Internship Program for Winter Quarter 2012, distinguishing it as the quarter with the highest number of UCLA interns working in the Los Angeles Public Library system in the program’s history.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have our professional students contributing to the work of the Los Angeles Public Library system, which serves the largest and most diverse population in the country,” said Aimée Dorr, Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. “It gives our students the opportunity to learn professionally and be at the forefront of their field.”

Students were also recruited at 22 other locations critical to the information profession, including the United States Federal Courts Library, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, NBC Universal Archives & Collections, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Getty Research Institute.

In addition to working at the internship site, students complete assignments, listen to lectures from other practitioners, and discuss emerging issues within the profession.  The Department of Information Studies Internship Program was founded in 1970 and has grown to include nearly 300 sites. For a complete list of internships placements during the 2012 Winter Quarter, please visit: http://is.gseis.ucla.edu/academics/internship/sites.htm.