Field Experience

Field Experience Program


Registration Deadlines

Seminar Requirement

The SILS Field Experience Program enables students to meet personal learning objectives and to gain professional experience in an information organization while receiving class credit.  Students are mentored by both a supervising professional in the organization and a SILS instructor.  Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the program.  The Field Experience Program is intended for students who have completed their junior year (undergraduates) or at least 18 credit hours toward their MSLS or MSIS (graduate students).  Questions or comments about the Field Experience Program should be directed to:

Tiffany Harris
Field Experience Program Coordinator
T:  (919) 962-8366
F:  (919) 962-8071

Dr. Lori Haight
Career Services Coordinator
T:  (919) 962-2226
F:  (919) 962-8071

The SILS Field Experience Program provides students with the opportunity to develop a reflective practicum.  What does this mean?  According to Schön:

A practicum is a setting designed for the task of learning a practice.  In a context that approximates a practice world, students learn by doing . . . They learn by undertaking projects that simulate and simplify practice; or they take on real-world projects under close supervision.1 

The student engaged in a field experience is engaged in a form of apprenticeship.  This mode of learning can be especially valuable in the context of a degree-granting program, as one is able to gain active guidance on both the practice and on integrating the skills and competencies learned through practice into one's overall education.

SILS may be the top ILS program in the nation, but we still cannot provide students with everything they need to know to prepare them for a professional life.  No program can do that.  Instead, students have the opportunity through the Field Experience Program to identify areas where their professional goals require a deeper or different set of skills and competencies than through coursework.  Students should develop field experiences around those specific learning needs. 

1 Schön, D. A. (1987).  Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, Inc.


For a complete list of the Field Experience guidelines, please refer to the menu to the left or to the links below:

If you have further questions about Field Experience guidelines, please contact the Field Experience Coordinator.


Students must submit a Field Experience Agreement form to the Field Experience Coordinator before the first day of courses of the semester in which they intend to enroll.  Please refer to the deadlines below:

  • Fall 2014:  Monday, August 11, 2014

Please refer to the Field Experience:  Registration policy page for more details.


Class will meet once at the start of the semester and once at the end of the semester, with two online sessions in the middle. The following dates have been set for the in person meetings: 

393-001 (for BSIS students):

795-001 (for masters students taking 1st FE):

795-002 (for masters students taking 2nd FE):