Internship & Career Resources

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Career & Internship Resources

Our graduates work as information professionals for such organizations as IBM, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the Central Intelligence Agency, International Monetary Fund, Discovery Channel, National Agricultural Library and National Geographic, as well as dozens of major federal, state and private libraries and museums and other informational institutions across the United States.

ISchool Resources

University Career Services

The UMD Career Center is conveniently located on the 3rd floor of the Hornbake Building, and provides a wide variety of services and resources to help you achieve your professional goals. This is a great resource for creating resumes and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, finding internships, and much more. Make an appointment with a career counselor to get started. 

Graduate Internships, Fellowships, & Field Studies

Internships can be a valuable way for iSchool students to gain experience and try out different career options prior to completion of their graduate program. The College of Information Studies works to build relationships and facilitate internship opportunities with both public and private sector organizations.

All iSchool graduate programs have a field study or internship component. For more information about your specific program's internship/field study requirements, please review your academic program handbook. Students are welcome to seek out an internship through our internal internship and field study databases or through their own networking. Contact your program coordinator for more information about these databases, or attend one of our information sessions.

► Research & Teaching Fellowship (MLIS)

The University of Maryland Libraries Research and Teaching Fellowship prepares MLIS graduate students to enter into a competitive academic job market. The scaffolded training program equips fellows with the skills and experience to perform entry-level public services functions including: information literacy instruction, research assistance, basic program assessment, and peer training. The fellowship goes beyond basic job responsibilities to prepare fellows to step into faculty roles by providing funding and support for professional development, including presentations, posters, and conferences; engaging in discussions about current literature with academic librarians through a monthly journal club; and the opportunity to lead a small scale research and assessment project of their choosing. Finally, it supports fellows through their job search processes by providing career readiness workshops, mentorship, and a supportive community of practice.

This competitive program is open annually to four MLIS students. 100% of alums have gone on to receive offers from prestigious academic and research institutions. For more information about our past and current cohorts, Meet the Fellows.

► National Park Service Internships

The National Park Service has created many formalized archival internships for iSchool students to work both at the National Park Service in downtown DC as well as the National Capital Region park service in Landover, MD.  Information about applying to these internships is sent through the current student listservs.

Networking & Professional Organizations

National organizations offer students and professionals the opportunity to meet people within their field, to exchange ideas, and to learn from experienced professionals. A wide variety of organizations exist, and students are encouraged to join those within their expected graduation specialties. Most organizations offer special, lower membership rates for students.

► Meet-ups in the DC Metro Area

  • DC Analytics Meetup brings together people who are interested in analytics and how it's revolutionizing the world. Each month we gather to see presentations, demos and network with fellow analytics enthusiasts. Topics covered include big data analytics, predictive analytics, social media analytics, text analytics and much more. Come get involved in a community of likeminded peers and let's turn insights into action.
  • Data Science DC is a non-profit professional group that meets monthly to discuss diverse topics in predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, and data visualization. Members are professionals, students, and others with a deep interest in these fields and related technologies. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome -- to attend, to meet others, and to present their work!
  • Data Visualization DC is a non-profit professional group that meets monthly to discuss data visualization, data communication, infographics, exploratory data analysis, charts and graphs, perceptual psychology, and more! Our members are data journalists, data scientists, business intelligence professionals, and others who tell stories and persuade with data. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome -- to attend, to meet others, and to present their work!

Useful Websites

  • CIO delivers the latest tech news, analysis, how-to, blogs, and video for IT professionals, which overs apps, careers, cloud computing, data center, and mobile.
  • Information Week Information Week is a digital magazine which conducts corresponding face-to-face events, virtual events, and research.
  • The Hacker News is the leading source of Information Security, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Network Security with in-depth technical coverage of issues and the only place you need to follow when it comes to latest news on technology.
  • Tutorialspoint has easy-to-follow tutorials on major topics in programming and CS concepts, which you can cover in hours and literally be an expert in amongst your peers. It focuses on classes on Java, SQL, Python, C++, Android and much more.
  • Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. UMD students have unlimited access to watch the videos.