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.

Student Application

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:

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.

Community Partners

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


Faculty: David Wallace, South Africa, 2016-2017
Program Manager: Kelly Kowatch
Media Enquiries: Heather Newman
U-M News Service: Bill Foreman
Faculty: Joyojeet Pal, India, 2014-2015