Student research and service opportunities

Several programs at UMSI offer student the chance to apply their knowledge and understanding through research and service experiences impacting diverse populations.

Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP)

GIEP partners non-profit, research and educational organizations in an international setting with interdisciplinary student teams to operationalize the skills of U-M professional master's degree students. These teams work to develop sustainable information management practices for a positive societal impact. Past projects have sent students to India, while GIEP 2016 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. Learn more.

UMSI Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

ASB at UMSI has given students the opportunity to engage in service-oriented integrative learning experiences since 1999. Partners from 2015 include, among many others:

  • Arab American National Museum
  • Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library
  • Alliance for Community Development of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Open Technology Institute, New America
  • Peace Corps

Research Experience for Master's Students (REMS)

Through REMS, students can develop their research skills while investigating important issues in information science in a 12-week paid summer research experience. Students will work closely with UMSI faculty or practitioners and while becoming part of a community of scholars through educational and social activities. Learn more.

Service Engagement Internship Project Grant

As part of the Initiative for Information Impact (I3), UMSI provides funding for master's students, regardless of citizenship, who wish to participate in internships with community organizations that are unable to provide financial support. The purpose of these grants is to support students who are doing work that directly affects underserved populations, allows for lasting change, creates equity in the world or has a significant positive impact on society. Learn more about applying, or find out about the 2015 recipients.