Archivists have long debated the nature of archival internships and practicum requirements as components of archival education. Advocates cite these requirements as the best way for emerging archivists to acquire hands-on training, while critics worry they can be used to further student exploitation and a devaluation of professional archivists’ labor. This presentation examined requirements in graduate archives programs and compared them to accepted guidelines for internships in the archives profession and the American economy at large. These presentations draw on original survey data collected by the presenters from educational programs listed on the Society of American Archivists’ Directory of Archival Education.
Strassel, Gavin T. and Courtney, Meghan M., "Internship and Practicum Requirements in Archival Education" (2015). Reuther Library Scholarly Publications. 1.