Practicums are work-integrated courses offered by the Faculty of Information designed to provide students with hands-on experience in their field. The program is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in their field and develop professional practice and conduct.

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MI Practicum Program

Please note: The MI Practicum Courses will not run in the Fall of 2023.  The MI Practicum Courses will resume in the Winter of 2024. 

The Faculty of Information offers one practicum opportunity in the Winter session. Students may enroll in INF2173H/INF2273H in the winter term of their second year. Students will review a list of available practicum opportunities that will be posted in late fall and will enroll directly in their chosen opportunity as part of winter course selection. Students should enroll in the practicum that best reflect the student’s interest.

For a detailed description and the syllabus of the two practicum courses please click the following links:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Are practicums paid opportunities?

Normally, MI practicums are unpaid. In exceptional cases, partners/employers may offer a paid practicum project. All practicum projects, whether they are unpaid or paid, must first go through a review and approval process to ensure they meet the practicum course requirements. Please note the distinction below between an unpaid and paid practicum (Source: Student Placements — Office of the Vice-Provost, Students).

    • Students on placements who are receiving wages from their placement employers are considered to be on paid placements and should be treated as any other worker employed by the placement employer. Students should have employee contracts with their employers and the responsibilities of the employer and the student should be clearly defined.
    • Students on placements receiving no funds from their placement employers or who are receiving stipends, honorariums or reimbursements are considered to be on unpaid placements. A placement agreement should be in place as it provides a detailed framework for the relationship between the University, placement site and student. Further documentation is required to secure workplace insurance and confirm the responsibilities of all parties.

If you are interested in submitting a practicum project and learning more about the requirements, submission and approval process, please email the Careers Office.

Q. What are some examples of practicums? What kind of projects are students typically involved with?

The Faculty of Information hosts a virtual exhibition of past practicum projects by iSchool students.

A few past practicum examples include:

      • Aurora Museum & Archives (ARM): Confirm inventory of records that have been transferred to the Archive from the Records Department, Enter record locations into Laserfiche, Create an Excel sheet that lists the record, its contents and location, etc.
      • BeMused Network (UXD): The student will have an opportunity to help develop a series of workshops and learning resources to help introduce design thinking to arts organizations that want to adopt it as a practice.
      • City of Toronto (CIPS): Research on Authoritative Source (framework) {for records and data}, Develop straw model/statement, Present model to senior management, Set direction for draft policy/directive, See attached slide deck for more information.
      • Forests Ontario (LIS/C&T): Research, record and analyze web, social media, and database data, Present research data analysis in a presentation to staff and with a report.
      • Museum of Health Care at Kingston (LIS): The Museum of Health Care has a reference library which, in its current state, is incompletely inventoried, disorganized, and generally lacking in care and attention. The practicum student will complete a full inventory of our library, will identify subject headings, will classify/catalogue and label each item according to current standards, will make recommendations, in consultation with the Curator, for items to be transferred from the reference library to the permanent collection, will design and create finding aids and categorized listings of our holdings.
      • Women’s College Hospital (ISD): This practicum will require the student to: Conduct a Needs Assessment through collaborative consultation with diverse stakeholders within the Hospital, Conduct an Environmental scan by critically evaluating the education websites of local hospitals, Design the framework for a creative, innovative and effective website and intranet page for learners and their clinical supervisors.
      • The Bishop Strachan School (LIS, UXD): We would like an audit to investigate how well (or not) our policies, procedures, services and resources reflect and serve our community with respect to diversity, equity and inclusivity. This might involve investigations into our collection and catalogue, our online presence, our interactions with patrons, our ways of organizing and making resources available, our department meetings, our communications to patrons, and/or our signage; We would like to review and possibly expand our database and electronic resource collection to insure that we have the best possible, academic resources available for our students and faculty. We would like our e-resources to better support our rigorous and sophisticated programs.
      • Kids Help Phone (KMIM): Research and consult with various community organizations, agencies, stakeholders, and governments to identify and gather suitable resources for inclusion in Kids Help Phone’s Community Resource Database; Create, enter, and update records in the CRD according to Information and Referral Standards and the AIRS/211 LA County Taxonomy; Oversee a variety of solicitation methods and processes, including Automated Verification, telephone and email, that the CRD team used to confirm the accuracy and completeness of record information; Perform queries of the CRD to assists in the development of required internal or external reports; Develop indices and other finding aids to support use of the CRD for internal and external stakeholders, May participate in projects and other activities as assigned.

Eligibility Requirements

Practicum course eligibility requirements.
INF2173H / INF2273H — Information Professional Practicum
Pre-requisites Must be a second year student with at least four (4) required courses completed, (2.0 FCE) in your concentration
Time Commitment 105 Hours
Typical Offering Offered in the Winter semester


      • Students that are in 2 terms of Co-op are not eligible to take a practicum.
      • MI students are only eligible to take up to 2 terms of work-integrated learning opportunities for academic credit in the following combination:
        • 2 terms of Co-op
        • 1 term of Co-op + 1 practicum
        •         2 terms of practicas
    • Each work-integrated learning opportunity needs to be taken in separate terms. For instance, you cannot be enrolled in Co-op and practicum in the same term. You can be enrolled in Co-op for one term, and practicum in a subsequent term, but not enrolled concurrently.

How and When to Enroll

    • Enroll into the the specific practicum opportunity you are interested in during the enrollment period.
    • Students can choose from a list of available projects once they are in the practicum course.
    • Students may also seek practicums on their own—however, the project must first be approved by the Careers Office.

By mid November 2023, we plan to have a number of projects listed on our website for students to be able to review and consider. These projects are currently being secured by our iSchool careers team.  By the end of November, INF2173H LEC0101 will be available for enrollment on ACORN. More specific dates and details to come.

Find Your Own Practicum

Any student, as well as those who are interested in enrolling in a second practicum, INF2273H – Information Professional Practicum II, may find their own employer and projects. If you have already secured a practicum project for the Winter 2024 term, congratulations!

In order to register for the MI Practicum course with your own placement for the Winter 2024 term, please  follow the instructions below:

    1. Secure your own employer and placement for January 8 – April 30.
    2. Complete the MI Practicum Winter 2024 Student Proposal Submission Form.
    3. Submit your form by the deadline: Nov 15, 2023.
    4. If accepted, you will be enrolled into the course by the Registrar’s Office.

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.