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Practicum site supervisor guide

Interested in offering a Winter 2016 Practicum placement? Please contact the SIS Practicum Coordinator (see below) to express your interest and to receive updates about the program. The deadline to submit a practicum site/project description for the next Practicum program is September 4, 2015 for Winter 2016 (January) Practicum start.

Thank you for your interest in the McGill School of Information Studies (SIS) Master's Practicum program.

The Practicum is a 3 credit elective course (GLIS 699) through which McGill School of Information Studies master's students participate in supervised field practice, applying their theoretical knowledge base and learning gained over the course of the program with the opportunity to practice professional skills. The program is typically taken by second-year master's students in their final semester.


For Practicums offered during the Winter semester, prospective site supervisors submit site descriptions in the summer of the previous year. Interviews with potential students are held in the mid-fall. Student placements run from early January to early April. Please note: when offered in Winter, students are typically enrolled in the 3-credit Practicum program as part of a full-time (12-credit) course load, taking three other master's-level courses concurrently with the Practicum.

Roles & Responsibilities

The site supervisor is the individual at the Practicum site who has primary responsibility for the supervision of the student and is responsible for communication with the SIS Practicum Coordinator throughout the Practicum. Shared supervision by other qualified staff may be possible, at the discretion of the SIS Practicum Coordinator. Please speak to the SIS Practicum Coordinator for more information.

Practicum site supervisors participate in the selection process, create a workplan in collaboration with the student, and are responsible to be available to the student for orientation, consultation, guidance and supervision during the practicum. As well, Practicum site supervisors are responsible to submit formal mid-term and final evaluations which are discussed with the student in the spirit of learning and growth.

Supervisors are to contact the SIS Practicum Coordinator with comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions at any time.


1. Site Description. Site supervisors submit a practicum site description to the SIS Practicum Coordinator by the submission deadline (typically in late August if applying for a Winter placement). Samples or guidance in creating site descriptions are available from the SIS Practicum Coordinator.

2. Student Interview. Potential students will be selected as suggested interviewees by the SIS Practicum Coodinator. Selection is based on student CVs and practicum site selections. Students are responsible for setting up interviews with potential site supervisors. After the interview(s), site supervisors will select preferred candidate(s) and inform SIS Practicum Coordinator (not students directly) of decision regarding each student. The SIS Practicum Coodinator will relay the information to the student, who will accept or decline the offer.

Notes: Supervisors are encouraged to identify preferred candidates as early as possible as students may receive more than one placement offer. Practicum placement is a competitive process for both students and sites; while we endeavor to match all students and sites, placements are not guaranteed.

3. Practicum Agreement & Work Plan. Once a placement offer has been finalized, the site supervisor will prepare the Practicum Agreement and Practicum Work Plan in collaboration with the Practicum student.

4. Mid-Term & Final Evaluations. Provide a written evaluation of student performance to SIS Practicum Coordinator and discuss evaluations with the student. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to provide feedback to the student for areas of further development and to ensure placement goals are on track.
If you are interested in hosting a practicum placement as a Site Supervisor or would like to learn more about the program, don't hesitate to contact the SIS Practicum Coordinator.


Ms. Elysia Donald
SIS Practicum Coordinator
School of Information Studies, McGill University
3661 Peel St., Montreal, QC H3A 1X1
elysia [dot] donald [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)