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UMSI Alternative Spring Break


Could your organization benefit from some free help on technology or information-related projects? If so, consider participating in the University of Michigan School of Information’s annual Alternative Spring Break program. Becoming a host organization is easy and could be incredibly beneficial to your organization and consituents.

WHO: UMSI graduate students who would love to assist your organization during this week-long program.

WHAT: Our students bring with them the very latest tools in information management, web design and development, as well as organizational, communication, and technical skills – not to mention a high level of energy! They are seeking challenging, professional-level projects. In the past, students have worked to

develop internal library systems
perform research and analysis on information policy topics
update websites
perform usability analysis
develop and implement social media solutions
among many other projects.

WHEN: Spring Break Week

WHERE: We partner with non-profit, cultural, or government institutions in Chicago, Detroit, New York, or Washington, D.C. Students will travel to you.

HOW: Host organizations submit projects related to the areas that are being studied at UMSI. Often, these projects are technology or information management-related work that staff members don’t have the time, knowledge, or resources to complete. Ideal projects include archives and records management, human-computer interaction (usability), social media tools development, information policy research and analysis, data/information analysis and retrieval, and other information management issues.

COST: Completely free! All of our students’ expenses are fully funded.

Here’s what past participating organizations have said:

“All SI students I’ve met have been amazing: they not only are smart but their ethic of work and professional approaches are impeccable.”

“We find that each student we’ve hosted has brought a new wealth of information. They are always great to work with and really inject life into our work.”

Contact Information

Katie Dunn

105 South State Street
3360 North Quad
Ann Arbor MI 48109

Phone: (734) 615-5066
E-mail: kgdunn@umich.edu

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Program Available to these Counties

Cook, New york, Washington, Wayne

Program Available to these Cities

Chicago, Detroit, New York, Washington D.C.

Subject Area(s)

Business & Industry, Communications, Community Assistance, Continuing & Community, Culture (American & International), Education, Engineering, Environmental, Health & Health Care, Information Technology, Law & Public Policy, Mental Health, Professional Development, Public Lectures, Science & Research, Senior Citizens, Social Services