Welcome! This site is designed to help MLIS students at the University of Maryland iSchool identify potential sites where they can complete their required field study experience. Many partner institutions regularly provide field study opportunities for MLIS students. For more specific information regarding the field study course, please consult the MLIS handbook located on the Student Handbooks webpage.
For more information on field study and mentoring relationships, and for a copy of a field study contract draft, please consult the Guide to Successful Field Placement and Mentoring Relationships.
Students/Faculty: For a complete listing of partner institutions and contact information, please login with your UMD username and password. Placement sites are categorized in several different ways in order to select a location that will best suit individual needs and interests. An alphabetical list of partner institutions is available as well as a category sort under the "Search by Categories" tab. A list of additional field study opportunities that are currently available is also provided. If you want help with how to contact a potential field study site from this database or a site you find on your own, feel free to use our template field study placement request email. Also make sure to read our Guide to Successful Field Placement and Mentoring Relationships!
Institutions: This database includes institutions that have expressed an ongoing interest in providing field study experiences for students. Full contact information and additional information about field study institutions is available to students upon login. If your institution is not on the list and you would like to be added, please complete the Add an Institution form available on this site. Institutions seeking students for specific field study projects that are only available during particular time periods should use the Add a Current Opening form. When completing the form, institutions should include a description of the project, application deadlines, and any relevant documents. Postings for current openings are available in full detail to students upon login.
Please contact us if you have any further questions, concerns, or updates.