Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

UMSI Alternative Spring Break (ASB) creates the opportunity for students to engage in a service-oriented integrative learning experience; connects public sector organizations to the knowledge and abilities of students through a social impact project; and facilitates and enhances the relationship between the School and the greater community.

ASB challenges students to....

  • Bring impact to the community through service to an organization and its constituents
  • Develop professional skills through the connection of information concepts and practices in an immersive, experiential project
  • Build a foundation to become a socially-engaged information professional

The ASB program at UMSI was initiated in 1999 and was a foundational project for the Initiative for Information Impact. ASB student participants are placed in non-profit, cultural, governmental, and educational institutions in Chicago, and Detroit.

Organizations can register to participate and submit projects during late fall.

The student application period opens near the end of fall semester.

Use the links below for more information:

University of Michigan students interested in the general Alternative Spring Break program should visit the Ginsberg Center's webpage.

UMSI Alternative Spring Break in Detroit is fully sponsored by Ford Community Corps.  Ford Community Corps also provides support for summer internships with Detroit-based organizations that participate in ASB.