About SI ASB

The School of Information's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program places interested and motivated School of Information students, during the week of Spring Break, in professional work environments in the public sector where they can...

* provide a service to an organization, institution, or community
* gain practical job experience
* develop leadership skills as information professionals
* learn new skills
* create professional partnerships
* pursue their fields of interest

School of Information students are placed in non-profit, cultural, governmental, and educational institutions in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C.

Participating students do not receive course credit for this experience, but the School of Information, along with alumni and corporate donors and ASB Fundraising proceeds, supports their travel and lodging costs. Students provide a $25 application fee and are asked to cover personal dining expenses and local transportation, if necessary, from their lodging to their host organization.

The SI ASB Program
Annually, the University of Michigan School of Information hosts an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program around the last week of February or the first week of March. For over twelve years, this program has placed interested and motivated School of Information students, during the week of Spring Break, in professional work environments in the public sector. Students obtain positions at non-profit, cultural, governmental, and educational institutions in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Interested host Organizations should view information found on the For Organizations page to learn more about what is expected, obligations, benefits, and how to participate by hosting a student or group of students. To participate, organizations register and submit projects related to the areas that are being studied at the School of Information (SI) and in return, are matched with fully-funded students who work on site during the week of spring break.

Interested School of Information Students should join the SI ASB Interest listserv as this is the main method of communication about the SI ASB program. To do so, go to the UM Online Directory, search for SIASB-Interest and add your uniquname or email address to the listserv. Students can also view the Student Application page to learn about the application process and logistical details.

Both students and organizations can learn about past participating organizations, projects, and read about the student experience via the SI ASB blog by exploring this website. Information on previous years of SI ASB sites can be found through connecting with the main SI ASB portal page.

SI ASB 2011 Interest Meetings

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 1255 North Quad
Friday January 7, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Ehrlicher Room (3100 North Quad)

If you would like to learn more about the SI-ASB program, please plan to attend and register on iTrack under events.

If you are unable to attend either Interest Meetings or are a 2011 Winter Admitted student and have questions, contact Kelly Kowatch at kkowatch@umich.edu.

All interested School of Information and Informatics students should join the SI ASB Interest listserv on the UM Online Directory. Search for SIASB-Interest and add your UM Uniquname. You can read how to Join A Group/Listserv. The majority of all SI ASB-related communications go through this listserv, so please be sure to add yourself.