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University of Michigan School of Information


UMSI Community Corps

Community Corps Volunteer Program

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2 (for September-December project), November 2 (for January-April project)
Project timeline: September-December or January-April
Project duration: 15 weeks
Number of projects needed: 6-10
Note: This program runs in both the fall and winter semester. Projects are being recruited for both terms.


The UMSI Community Corps aims to enhance the capacity of nonprofit, cultural, governmental and educational institutions while providing students at the U-M School of Information with the opportunity to bring their information skills to real-world projects. The program pairs carefully selected interdisciplinary teams of students with organizations to meet information-related needs. 


  • Deliverables will vary by project and are based on the client needs and project scope. Examples may include:
    • Data analysis and/or visualization
    • UX research and/or designs
    • Library guides
    • Digital curation plans
  • Final presentation

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • Regular feedback and communication to student team based on the program schedule
    • Introduction to stakeholders and users for interviews and/or data gathering
    • Access to organizational data, systems and/or resources necessary to project completion
    • Attend final presentation
    • Complete project evaluation
  • Special requirements for the course/program 
    • Projects should have a community or social impact orientation

Past projects

  • Connecting Data Sources. Students aimed to understand how the Chicago Council on Science and Technology connected their data sources and provided recommendations for efficient use in the future, considering aspects such as optimized storage, purposeful collection, and improved analysis.
  • Fostering virtual volunteering Across the US. Students tackled eleven different projects ranging from nonprofit workflow to voting rights analysis. In one project, students worked with the Institute of American Indian Arts to assist in the migration of collections databases to a new database system in order to create research guides and make the work of Native artists more accessible.

Contact us

Engaged Learning Office | | (734) 763-1251

Please complete this form to submit a project proposal for one of our client-based courses or other programs, or to receive information about these opportunities throughout the year.