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University of Michigan School of Information


Global opportunities

Students in Cape Town

Information issues are not just domestic challenges for today's professionals. UMSI offers many opportunities for students to apply their information skills in a global context. In addition to the opportunities below, UMSI students can also pursue international internships, research or other projects abroad with support and guidance from the school. 

Global Information Engagement Program

The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) partners international and domestic non-profit organizations with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the University of Michigan. In this program, students leverage appropriate technology and information management skills and tools to build capacity for social service NPOs and cultural heritage organizations in various locations both domestically and abroad. Students scope their projects in a 3-week, May-term course, then spend two months onsite working full-time to address their information challenge by partnering with an organization to adopt a user-centric, capacity-building solution. Students earn six credits for this opportunity.

When: 3-week course (May) and onsite project engagement (spring/summer)

Eligibility: All residential U-M Graduate Students

Learn more and apply in M-Compass in early January: Information: Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP)

GIEP students worked with the League of the Friends of the Blind in Cape Town, South Africa. Students worked to ideate, test, and create a series of websites for the organization.

Undergraduate study abroad 

UMSI offers semester-long and short-term study abroad opportunities for BSI students. Explore study abroad opportunities in more detail.

Summer in Seoul Internship program

Seoul interns

The Summer in Seoul Internship program provides UMSI master's students with the opportunity to experience a high tech society while also gaining professional experience. This dynamic program allows students to expand their cross-cultural knowledge and gain professional skills while interning at a Seoul-based company within their information career area of interest. 

When: Two months in summer

Eligibility: MSI and MHI students

Learn more and apply in M-Compass: Information: Summer in Seoul Internship

Student-initiated international activities

Students wishing to pursue international internships, research or any other projects or activities abroad should make an appointment with the UMSI Global Engagement Program Manager in iTrack or contact

Interested in any of these programs? Email