For Organizations

Clients and organizations can engage with UMSI students in a variety of ways.

If you'd like to work with our students, please click here.

Please also review the following or view a full program page to learn more about these opportunities.

A2DataDive: Does your organization have questions about your data? Submit a proposal for A2DataDive! This event facilitates practical education and service events that increase data literacy in the community. At the annual event, students and community members collaborate with you, the clients, to work with data sets in context. This can include programming, analysis, or data visualization.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB): Are you a non-profit, cultural, governmental, or educational institution in Washington D.C. or Detroit with information problems to solve? Propose projects to UMSI’s Alternative Spring Break program, where we match your proposal with our very capable Master of Science in Information, Master of Health Informatics candidates and Bachelor of Science in Information students. The students spend a week working on your proposed professional projects for the benefit of your organization.

  • Where: Your organization in Washington, D.C. or Detroit
  • When: The ASB program takes place over the week of spring break each year. As part of the program, students start work on Monday morning and work approximately 35 to 40 hours until Friday afternoon. ASB 2020 will take place March 2 - March 6, 2020.
  • How to Get Involved: Applications for organizations will open in December. Contact Alissa Talley-Pixley at or call at (734) 764-1865 for more information.

Citizen Interaction Design (CID): Citizen Interaction Design (CID) is a partnership between local governments and University of Michigan student teams to develop information tools that revolutionize citizen engagement. CID is now seeking new community partners throughout Michigan. 

A partnership with CID is mutually beneficial, term-limited and can be facilitated in various formats.  A CID partnership allows Michigan communities to:
- Increase productive citizen participation in decision-making
- Support citizen contributions to community goals
- Improve communication of government initiatives and services
- Implement information tools in a sustainable way
- Develop strategies for governing in the information age

  • Where: CID is currently available to communities throughout the state of Michigan
  • When: We review community partner application on a rolling basis
  • How to Get Involved: Email

Community Impact Projects: UMSI students are available to help with information projects for community organizations that can run from a single day to a full term. Examples of projects include: Review of website or software, assessing for improvements in design and usability; processing, organizing, cataloging, and/or digitizing collections or records; organizing and analyzing large sets of data for better use; instructing youth or underserved populations on technology use; analyzing information flows and providing recommendations for increased efficiency; development of applications, such as a simulation for education purposes

  • Where: Onsite at your organization or remote work
  • When: Year-round
  • How to Get Involved: Submit your project to this form or contact for more information

Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP): The School of Information is seeking partner organizations in Cape Town, South Africa for summer 2019 as GIEP enters its fifth year. This program aims to put the skills of professional graduate students at the University of Michigan to work on information, technology, and design problems faced by organizations working on social justice.

  • Where: Cape Town, South Africa
  • When: March - June 2019
  • How to Get Involved: Email

infoLab: infoLab provides the opportunity for students to act as design consultants working on fast-paced, semester-long projects for real-world clients. Students are responsible for nurturing creative team dynamics, communicating with clients and managing the progress of projects, all while learning and receiving guidance from mentors and team members with more or unique experiences.

Michigan Makers: Michigan Makers uses action research and service learning to explore teaching, learning, and evidence of skills in non-classroom settings. The current scope of work falls into four broad categories: Michigan Makers in the Classroom, MakerBridge, Makers as Innovators Book Series, Digital Badging.

  • Where: Local classrooms, online communities, and University of Michigan campus
  • When: During the academic year
  • How to Get Involved: Email to learn more about participating in an UMSI Michigan Makers activity

Service Week: If your organization has work to do, and would be interested in hosting volunteers to help, please consider UMSI's Service Week as an option. Projects could range from one to four hours, during any number of days during the Service Week. 

  • Where: Various locations in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit communities
  • When: Fall 2019
  • How to Get Involved: For more details, please contact Applications coming fall 2019. Please complete this form if the project is information-related and could be completed through another UMSI program.

Client-based courses: UMSI offers all types of organizations an opportunity to benefit from students' developing skill sets through client-based courses.  Through these client-based opportunities, students apply knowledge and skills to specific problems in an engaged learning environment, which requires students to combine what is learned in the classroom with what is observed and experienced in the "real world", often at great benefit to the client-organization.

A select number of UMSI courses have client-based opportunities associated with them.

  • Where: Course dependent. Some courses allow for remote work while others require local organizations only.
  • When: Each course has a unique application process. See the individual listings below to determine when the deadline is to apply. Note that at the University of Michigan, fall term runs from September through December and winter term runs from January through April.
  • How to Get Involved: Contact and complete this form.

Other Opportunities at UMSI

  • Archives Blitz: Organizations with archives who need to complete an urgent or overdue project or get a fresh perspective on a “stalled” project may be interested in contacting the UMSI Society of American Archivists about participating in an Archives Blitz. To learn more contact
  • Design Jams: Does your company’s website or app need a makeover? Work with the Student Organization for Computer Human Interaction (SOCHI) to set up a design jam. Design jams are 2 to 3 hour events at which human-computer interaction students from the School of Information, including Health Informatics, respond to real-world,  user-centered design problem directly for sponsoring companies. To learn more contact