With a long-standing commitment to quality face-to-face education that challenges students creatively, critically, and ethically, experiential learning opportunities are central to the academic experience. In addition, showcasing student work to the New York professional community and the wider public through #infoshow—the annual showcase of student work—is also central to a School of Information graduate education.

The School regularly develops and cultivates collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships with a range of organizations that expand research and learning opportunities for students and faculty. Recent examples include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Art Reference Library, Lesbian Herstory Archives, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, American Jewish Historical Society, Greenwood Cemetery, Interference Archive, New York Hall of Science, NYC Department of Education, NYC Media Lab, Brooklyn Connections, Columbia University Libraries, and the NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics.

Experiential learning opportunities include:

Practicum / Seminar

The Practicum is taken for graduate credit (INFO 698 3 credits) and features a project drawn from 120 hours of on-site work experience supervised by an information professional. Students can choose from a wide range of wonderful practicum sites that reflect their area of interest, such as one of New York City’s great libraries, archives, museums, non-profits, information design firms, publishers and other corporate content providers. Learn more about the Practicum »


Our highly competitive Fellowship program is a two-semester practicum scholarship designed to provide students exceptional professional-level experience. Fellows receive tuition scholarships and are required to complete 120 hours of on-site work per semester at one of our many partner institutions. View current fellowship opportunities »

Project-Based Courses

The School curriculum offers students multiple opportunities for practical, hands-on learning. Many courses include project-based collaborations with local libraries, archives, museums, start-ups, non-profits, and other external organizations, while other courses are held off-site at some of NYC's leading cultural institutions. Example courses include:

INFO 611 Information Policies & Politics
INFO 625 Management of Archives and Special Collections
INFO 629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation 
INFO 634 Conservation Lab 
INFO 652 Reference & Instruction
INFO 644 Usability Theory & Practice
INFO 665 Projects in Digital Archives
INFO 666 Projects in Rare Book Digitization
INFO 668 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archives
INFO 680 Instructional Technologies
INFO 681 Community Building & Engagement
INFO 682 Projects in Information Experience Design
INFO 688 Institute on Map Collections