Industry placement is a mutually beneficial program where students observe and participate in an information environment and the host organisation benefits from having an extra person in their workplace. It is an effective and economical way of providing professional experience, recognised by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) policy as an industry obligation (see “Employer roles and responsibilities in education and professional development”).
Students enrolled in the Master of Information Management undertake industry placement to gain practical experience in professional information work. Students select a placement which is appropriate to their interests from a broad range of information management environments, document management centres, academic, special, public, or school libraries as well as selected non-traditional areas.
Students are not paid during the placement and are covered by RMIT insurance policies.
Students may be involved in activities such as:
- Information organisation e.g. cataloguing, metadata, archival description
- Document delivery and/or interlibrary loans
- User education and development of user documentation
- Information retrieval and reference work
- Document and record management
- Digital curation
Generally placements must:
- Comprise a total of 15 days, either as a 3-week block or on a part-time basis e.g. 1 or 2 days/week, or a week’s block and the remainder spread over several weeks.
- Provide opportunities to utilize and extend skills gained from academic studies
- Allow exposure to an information environment
- Enable student to meet assessment requirements
Host organisation responsibilities
We ask you to provide information about your organisation and possible student activities to allow students to make an informed choice of placement.
Once a placement is arranged we expect that supervisors will:
- Have read the documentation regarding placement
- Offer a professional and interesting experience for students
- Be available for consultation before placement to discuss the placement, student expectations and the student’s Professional Development Plan
- Explain your organisation’s work requirements, e.g. hours of work, security, health & safety policies, emergency procedures etc.
- Provide relevant training, guidance and feedback as required including supervision by an experienced information manager
- Prepare a fair and reasonable report on the student
- Liaise with RMIT staff
Industry Placement Process
There are two main recruitment periods during the year; in the mid-year semester break (June/July) and at the end of the academic year (November). Students choose from a list of potential placements and we contact you to negotiate a placement. There is no obligation for you to offer a placement at any specific time. Once a placement is agreed on, you will receive an email providing student details, insurance information, dates and host supervisor information.