SI Alternative Spring Break 2010
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. To gain information on SI ASB prior to 2010, go to past SI-ASB organization, projects, and listings.
|Organization Name||City||Number of Projects||Website Address|
|National Academy of Sciences||Washington, D.C.||1|
|National Archives & Records Administration||Washington, D.C.||10|
|National Library of Medicine||Washington, D.C.||3|
|National Science Foundation - Office of Legislative and Public Affairs||Washington, D.C.||1|
|New York University||New York||1|
|Project Name||Organization Name||Number of Students||Project City||Project code|
|Database Development||Bridging Communities, Inc.||1-2||Detroit||BC-1|
|Design "Tracks" for Adult Visitors||Action Center to End World Hunger (Mercy Corps)||1-2||New York||MERCY-2|
|Determining Impact of Science||Walter Reed Army Institute of Research||1||Washington D.C.||WRAIM-1|
|Develop “Topic Pages” to be included in “Chronicling America”||The Library of Congress||2-3||Washington D.C.||LOC-6|
|Digital Preservation Program Support||The Library of Congress||1-2||Washington D.C.||LOC-20|
Posted: October 09, 2010
Re Skills Gained through ASB:
- semi-structured interviewing skills (finding how to connect best with each new person, guiding interviews to targeted discussion areas, active listening, summarizing/distilling afterwards)
- professional communication skills, including decorum, in a high-powered, political forum
- comparative analysis
Less Anticipated ...
- navigating ambiguous circumstances
- importance of setting own scope, expectations, standards/measures of success
Re how ASB brought me closer to personal Career Outcomes:
Posted: June 24, 2010
The 2010 University of Michigan School of Information (SI) Alternative Spring Break resulted in another week of great experiences for the entire SI community! One hundred and twelve students departed the weekend of February 27, 2010 to Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and new to 2010, Detroit. This was the 12th year of ASB at SI.