Careers


Your Future in Information or Museum Studies

An education from the Faculty of Information opens many doors and can lead to a rewarding career. Students acquire and develop valuable knowledge and skills to enhance the work of established organizations or become entrepreneurs in their own ventures.


The dedicated Careers team supports students in connecting with the resources, opportunities, and advice needed to make career decisions that best fit their goals. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and services designed to facilitate professional development.

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Career Advising |  Work-integrated Learning offerings | Extra-curricular Career offerings

CAREER ADVISING

Students wishing to discuss Work-Integrated Learning offerings or reserving a dedicated time for a Resume/Cover Letter review, Job Search Strategy discussion, Mock Interview, or a general Careers conversation are encouraged to book individual consultations with the Careers team:

CONTACT E-MAIL ADDRESS
Chioma Ekpo

Senior Careers and External Outreach Officer

 

chioma.ekpo@utoronto.ca

Julietta Mikaelyan

Careers Officer

 

julietta.mikaelyan@utoronto.ca

 

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WORK-INTEGRATED-LEARNING OFFERINGS

MI Co-operative Education Option


A co-operative education (Co-op) is an academic program coupled with experiential education attained in partnership between students, employers and an academic institution. The MI Co-op is open to all concentration pathways within the MI program to complete 2 paid, full-time Co-op work terms and gain both paid professional experience in your field of study as well as course credit.

Please visit the FAQ section for more detailed information.

Note: Students interested in pursuing the co-op option may consider enrolling in the INF3900H (The Emerging Professional) in the 2020 Fall semester.  Students who do not plan to enroll in this course can meet eligibility requirements via the Individualized Co-op Preparation Plan (ICPP) instead.  An overview with further details will be provided in an orientation session in September to support students in choosing an option which best meets their goals.


MI Practicums


The Faculty offers 2 Practicum courses to expose students to professional work designed to strengthen and build on theoretical knowledge and to develop specialized skills in aspects of professional information work and environments through supervised experiential learning. The goal of the practica are to provide students with hands-on experience and support the development of professional competencies.

INF2173H – Information Professional Practicum

  • 105 unpaid hours towards a dedicated project; Students select projects in the first week of the course
  • Traditionally offered in the Summer and Winter terms

INF2158H – Management of Corporate and other Special Information Centres

  • 45 unpaid hours towards a dedicated project; Students select projects in the first week of the course
  • Traditionally offered in the Fall term

Note: Practicum are conventionally not open to 1st year students in September.  Students interested in the Practicum offering must complete the pre-requisite courses to become eligible.


MI TALint: Toronto Academic Libraries Internship


To enhance student learning, the Faculty of Information has partnered with University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) to oversee TALInt: the Toronto Academic Libraries Internship.  This is an immersive mentoring opportunity designed to provide a guaranteed 15 hours/week for the full two years of the program (including the summers).  TALint is not restricted to LIS students, but inclusive of all students interested in careers in academic libraries. More information here.

Note:  The TALint program is currently on hold.  More information will be provided once a return to public spaces is advisable and safe.


MMSt Internship


The MMSt program offers an optional Internship course traditionally taken in the summer term following first year.

The Internship is a 10-12 week placement in a recognized museum, gallery or related institution and allows students to develop competence in the practice of museum studies, apply theory to practice by engaging in hands-on work with industry professionals, and advance in their individual career goals and interests.

Note: INF3900H (The Emerging Professional) offered in Fall 2020 is a pre-requisite the Summer Internship course.

To provide greater flexibility to partners and students alike in light of the pandemic, we have made some changes to the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020/Winter 2021 MMSt Internship offering.  Please follow this link for more details.


BI Practicum


The BI Practicum course prepares students for the demands of today’s changing workforce by strengthening and supplementing the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom in the real work setting.  Students complete 100 hours towards a dedicated project in diverse sectors.   The Practicum encourages networking and supports work-readiness and development of professional competencies.

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EXTRA CURRICULAR CAREERS OFFERINGS

Events


Information sessions and networking events with professionals in a variety of fields will be organized throughout the year. By attending these events, participants connect and network with peers and alumni, and have a chance to ask specific questions about their professional development plan.

Information on events are typically shared via email by our Careers team – so keep an eye out for those!


Connecting with Alumni


The Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) offers programs wherein students and alumni may connect and have the opportunity to share interests, ask questions, and hear personal stories from information or museum professionals from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice.

Ask an Alum: provides a virtual connection for students interested in connecting with alumni mentors.

Job Shadowing program offers current students an essential opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable insights from current information and museum professionals
  • Form, develop, and cultivate their personal networks and connections
  • Expand their realm of experience

Job Shadowing typically runs from February – August each year.


Workshops


Career development workshops are offered to all students as part of the Faculty of Information iSkills workshop series.

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