Why Hire I School Students & Alumni

The School of Information’s rigorous multi-disciplinary education provides students with a holistic perspective on information and technology challenges. Our students are able to not only solve problems, but also define the problems that need to be solved.

Our program features small class sizes and project-based learning, which uniquely prepare students to develop real world technology solutions and to excel as leaders in their fields, whether at a scaling start-up or global organization.

Graduates have expertise in skills as diverse as: data analysis and modeling, machine learning, product management, data visualization, user experience research, user interface design, privacy and technology policy, cybersecurity, software development, business strategy, information organization and retrieval, and entrepreneurship.

I School is committed to expanding equitable access to technology and information, which includes the need to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. We aim to be an agent of change in furthering representation of voices that are underrepresented and underserved in the technology industry. We hope you will join us in this mission.


I School Student & Alumni Career Pathways

Our technology graduate students can be found in careers at the intersection of technology and society.

Cybersecurity

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Privacy Engineer
  • Security Engineer

Data Science

  • Sr. Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Science Manager

Design & Research

  • Product Designer
  • UX Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • Research Scientist

Engineering

  • Data Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Software Engineer

Product

  • Program Manager 
  • Product Manager 
  • Technical Product Manager

Technology Policy

  • Policy Analyst
  • Technology Consultant

Recent employers include:

Airbnb
Amazon
American Express
Apple
BCG
Crowdstrike
Google
Meta
Microsoft
Nike
Proctor & Gamble
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Career Reports

MIMS Career Report (2020)

MIDS Career Report (2021)


I School Degree Programs & Recruiting Timelines

Master of Information and Data Science

Part-time, online degree preparing data science professionals to solve real-world problems.

The multidisciplinary MIDS curriculum draws upon computer science, social sciences, statistics, management, and law. Students use the latest tools and analytical methods to work with data at scale, derive insights from complex and unstructured data, and solve real-world problems.

The core curriculum focuses on the following key skills: Research design, data cleansing, data engineering, data mining and exploring, data visualization, information ethics and privacy, statistical analysis, machine learning. Advanced courses include those in: computer vision, data visualization, machine learning systems engineering, national language processing with deep learning, statistical methods for discrete response, time series, and panel data.

MIDS Careers & Recruiting Timeline

The MIDS program is designed for working professionals and students can make career transitions while in the program. We graduate three cohorts of MIDS students each year (December, May, August). MIDS students who are less experienced may pursue internship opportunities, although most students seek full-time employment suited for mid-career professionals.

Graduates excel in roles such as: Data Scientist, Analyst, Data Science Manager, Product Manager, Data Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer.

Our 5th Year Master of Information and Data Science trains UC Berkeley undergraduates for data science careers in one year online. 5th Year MIDS Students start their program in fall, seek internships during the summer and graduate the following December.

Master of Information and Management Systems 

Full-time, on-campus program preparing multidisciplinary leaders with experience in technology, social sciences, privacy and information policy, and more.

The MIMS program produces leaders who work at the intersection of technology, information, and people. This interdisciplinary program combines computer science, cognitive science, psychology and sociology, economics, business, law, data science and information organization, and communications.

Graduates of the MIMS program are able to: Identify user and stakeholder information and resource needs, make information design decisions, organize information and resources to support human and/or machine-based interactions and services, analyze complex relationships at the intersection of technical design, policy frameworks, and ethics, apply architectural, computational, and algorithmic thinking to the design of information systems, and scope, plan and manage projects.

MIMS Careers & Recruiting Timeline

MIMS is a full-time program and students typically seek an internship for the summer between their 1st and 2nd years, and then full time positions for after graduation in May.

Graduates go on to roles such as: Data Scientist, Product Manager, Machine Learning Engineer, Software Engineer, UX Designer, UX Researcher.

Master of Information and Cybersecurity

Part-time, online degree preparing cybersecurity leaders for complex cybersecurity challenges.

The interdisciplinary MICS curriculum provides students hands-on practical experience with secure systems and applications, an understanding of the legal requirements associated with cybersecurity, and the ability to lead, manage, and contribute to building cybersecurity solutions.

They can expect to graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the following: secure coding, government and national security, network and web security, usable privacy and security, cryptography, operating system security, legal, behavioral, and ethical issues of security, privacy engineering, cyber risk.

MICS Careers & Recruiting Timeline

The MICS program is designed for working professionals and students often make career transitions while in the program. We graduate three cohorts of MICS students each year (December, May, August) and most MICS students seek mid or senior level full time opportunities.

Graduates are prepared for cybersecurity roles such as: Chief Information Security Officer, Cybersecurity Manager, Privacy Engineer, Product Manager, Technical Leader-Assessment and Pen Testing, Security Architect.  

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“In my time at the I School, I have worked and debated with engineers, designers, philosophers, and policy and nonprofit advocates, all of whom shared their own perspectives to give me a fuller picture of how society must responsibly use information.”
—Carlos Miguel Lasa (MIMS ’16)
Technical Program Management Lead
Fleet and Ridehailing Infrastructure
Waymo

Class Profiles

MIDS Program

  • 992 students

5th Year MIDS Program

  • 30 students

MIMS Program

  • 139 students

MICS Program

  • 148 students

Statistics as of Fall 2022

Non-Profit Internships for MIMS

The School of Information offers non-profit internship grants to MIMS students with summer internships in non-profit organizations or government agencies. These grants are available as either supplemental or primary funds for the student’s internship work with a non-profit organization or government agency. Our goal is to enable student work in sectors and organizations that do not traditionally have funding to support interns.

The grant application deadline for students is in late April; employers are encouraged to recruit students before the application deadline.

Last updated:

November 15, 2022