Faculty of Information graduates work in established information professions including library and archives as well as the emerging information professions like data science and UX design. They are hired by companies and organizations including IBM, Autodesk, Ontario Digital Service, Microsoft, Toronto International Film Festival and Google. Grads have also founded their own startups and gone on to work in academia.
Career planning at the Faculty of Information begins on day one. Students have the opportunity to access a variety of programs and services designed to assist and facilitate their job searches and career development. The Faculty’s dedicated Careers team supports students seeking out resources, opportunities, and advice.
Students wishing to discuss the following topics may book individual consultations with a Careers advisor:
- Work Integrated Learning offerings (co-op, internships, practica)
- Resume/cover letter reviews
- Job search strategies
- Mock interviews
- General careers conversations
All sessions are confidential. No information is shared with any members of the Faculty of Information, or anyone else, except by written request of the student, or as required by law.
Appointments are available during the week and can be booked using the self-serve appointment booking system.
Manager Co-op, Careers and Work Integrated Learning
Career and Work Integrated Learning Advisor
Career and Work Integrated Learning Advisor
Work Integrated Learning at the Faculty of Information
The Careers team assists students with co-op and practicum placements as well as internships.
The BI’s integrative, critical, humanities, and social science based approach to information technologies and practices will prepare students for vital and enriching careers in three areas: Products & Systems, Policy & Research, Information Management & Cultural Stewardship. The BI Practicum is an experiential learning opportunity attained in partnership between students, employers and the Faculty of Information. During the summer term of Year 1, all BI students are required to complete a practicum placement of 100 hours minimum, in order to gain professional experience. The practicum is an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to a professional setting. Many students have been able to secure full-time employment in well-known organizations or start-up companies, while others have landed fulfilling work study positions on campus. Students also receive academic credit for this work-integrated learning opportunity.
MI Co-op Option
The MI program offers a co-op option to qualified students. These students complete two consecutive, full-time and paid co-op work terms for academic credit. They gain professional experience in their field of study as they apply knowledge from their course work to real world situations.
The Faculty of Information offers two practicum courses to MI students. Enrolled students choose their host organization from the class’s practicum placement list. This choice is made in consultation with the course instructor and a Careers advisor to reflect the student’s best interests and options.
Master of Museum Studies studentscan participate in optional internships, developing their skills at museums and heritage institutions across Canada and beyond. During their 10-12 week placements, students apply knowledge gained in courses to various areas of museum practice and engage in hands-on work with museum professionals. The Careers team assists students in selecting internships that will advance their individual career goals and interests.
Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Summer internship, but have the option of a Fall / Winter opportunity as well. Please note students can only complete one internship.
NOTE: MSL3900H (The Emerging Museum Professional), offered in the Fall term, is a pre-requisite for the Summer Internship course.
MI TALint: Toronto Academic Libraries Internship
The Faculty of Information partners 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 of work for the full two years of the MI program (including summers). TALint is not restricted to LIS students. It includes all students interested in careers in academic libraries. The Careers office provides assistance and support to TALint interns.
Information sessions and networking events with professionals in a variety of fields are organized throughout the year. These events give participants the chance to connect and network with peers and alumni, as well as to ask questions related to professional development.
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 is a program that provides a virtual connection for students interested in connecting with alumni mentors.
- Job Shadowing program (typically runs from February – August each year) 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
Career development workshops are offered to all students as part of the Faculty of Information iSkills workshop series. Here are some recent examples:
- Know Your Personal Strengths & Skills
- Resume / CV & Cover Letter
- Job Interviews
- How to Network
- Leveraging LinkedIn
- Professional Communications
- UXD Portfolio