Practicum Student Guide

Prerequisites

  • Completion of 4 required courses (GLIS 601, GLIS 607, GLIS 617, and GLIS 619), and 4 additional courses (24 credits minimum)
  • Satisfactory academic standing (GPA of 3.3/B+ or higher)
  • Approval of SIS Practicum Coordinator

Please note that specific courses may be required for specific placements, e.g., knowledge management courses for a knowledge management-related practicum.


How to apply

  1. Attend the Practicum Information Session, which will be held in mid-September. Students will receive an invitation by email closer to the date.
  2. After the Practicum Information Session, review available sites posted on this site (log in with your McGill ID) and submit a Practicum Application form including your site preferences, unofficial transcript obtained from Minerva, cover letters, and CVs to the SIS Practicum Coordinator (not to the sites) by the application deadline. You may wish to discuss your site choices with your academic advisor. You will then be contacted about next steps for the interview and matching process.
  3. You will receive notification to register for GLIS 699 in Minerva after the matching process is complete and your placement is confirmed.

Practicum site postings

Practicum site postings for the Winter semester are made available to students beginning in mid-September of each year. Remember to keep checking as new sites are added up until the application deadline.

The following is a small sample of sites which have offered Practicum placements in the past. Note: this list represents a selection of sites participating in past years; practicum sites vary from year to year.

  • Artexte
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture
  • Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University
  • Dawson College
  • Government of Canada
  • Jewish General Hospital Archives
  • KPMG
  • McCord Museum of Canadian History
  • McGill University: McGill Library, McGill Archives, McGill Management Forum, among other units
  • Moment Factory
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Westmount Public Library
  • World Anti-Doping Agency

Student roles & responsibilities

  • Completes GLIS 699 course requirements and paperwork by the deadlines.
  • Arranges interview(s) at Practicum site(s) as identified by the Practicum Coordinator.
  • Registers for GLIS 699 in Minerva once the Practicum Agreement has been approved by the SIS Practicum Coordinator.
  • Completes duties assigned by the site to the best of his/her ability.
  • Conducts himself/herself professionally and appropriately as a member of the host site, within the policies and expectations of the organization, and adhereing to the agreed schedule of work.
  • Corresponds in a timely, professional manner with all parties involved with the Practicum.
  • Notifies the SIS Practicum Coordinator immediately if there are changes to the Learning and Work Plan or if a situation or issue warrants special attention.
  • Schedules an exit interview with the site supervisor at the end of the Practicum.
  • Informs himself/herself about and adheres to any course, School, or university policies, including course requirements and policies outlined on the GLIS 699 syllabus.

FAQ

See the For Students section of the Practicum FAQ page


Forms for students

Note: forms for the next Practicum semester (Winter) will be made available in September.

Pre-Practicum

Student Application to Practicum

Microsoft Office document iconStudent application form
Practicum Workplan & Agreement

Microsoft Office document iconWorkplan and agreement form

Practicum

Weekly Log Template

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