Global Information Engagement Program
In 2016, seventeen students traveled to Cape Town, South Africa and worked in teams at four different non-profit organizations.
The need for innovative information tools is a global challenge.
The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) is an innovative approach to learning which partners non-profit, research, and educational organizations in an international setting with carefully selected student teams. This program seeks to operationalize the skills of professional master’s degree students at the University of Michigan to develop sustainable information management practices that have positive societal impact. Project teams from UMSI and University graduate programs spend a semester studying and creating plans for implementation of an identified information challenge that has high social impact value.
GIEP 2016 took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Student teams leveraged their emergent skills in content management and delivery, contextual inquiry, needs assessment, product ideation, consultation and a deep understanding of the complex relationships between people, information, and technology to address a context sensitive information challenge (management, access, design ICT-related) faced by participating heritage and NGO organizations.
The 2017 GIEP application for students will close on January 11, 2016. Learn more about the application at the Fellows page.
The 2017 GIEP Information Session slides can be accessed here. Project descriptions can be found below:
- Haven Night Shelter - Community Profile-Based Assistance to Special Needs Clients
- Haven Night Shelter - Distribution and Flow Monitoring of In Kind Donations
- League of the Friends of the Blind - Mobilizing Institutional Knowledge and History for Public Programming and Service Delivery
- Mayibuye Archive - Digitization Survey and Institutional Capacity Development
- Yabonga - Telling the Stories of the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Creating an Institutional Archives and Oral History Program
Interested participants and potential project partners can hear from students and community organizations about their experiences of be part of GIEP on our Student Stories page. Visit these other pages to access summaries of past projects and biographies of past student participants.
GIEP is seeking social sector organizations in Cape Town, South Africa to host students for nine weeks in summer 2017. If interested in exploring project opportunities and program parternship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.