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.
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 so much more! Make an appointment with a career counselor to get started!
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 to learn more!
Research & Teaching Fellowship
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 liserservs.
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. Visit Professional Associations in the Information Sciences for a directory maintained by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University.