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.

In addition to the formal student project work available to organizations through our client-based classes, our Alternative Spring Break program, and through paid, mentored internships, the help of students and student teams is also available to organizations on an ad hoc basis through our Community Impact Projects. Students typically work on information-related projects that organizations don't have the in-house skills, resources, or time to accomplish. Organizations generally are non-profits or public-oriented, but other types are organizations are eligible to submit proposals also.

These projects vary widely in terms of how many students they involve, and are intended to give our students the opportunity to use their skills to make an impact on their community before they even leave UMSI. Projects usually run during the academic year, starting in September and running through April. All information-related projects are considered; specific examples of past 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

Read about the 2015 Community Impact Projects.

If you would like to apply to have your organization's project considered for Community Impact Project status, please fill out our submission form. Please note that submission does not guarantee a match to a student or student group.

For more information, contact Kelly Kowatch.