Information: infoLab Winter 2019
Gain unique design experience working on real projects from community and industry partners.
infoLab is a program that seeks innovative solutions to information challenges. Interdisciplinary teams of students, mentored by professionals, will collaborate and innovate on fast-paced, self-driven, semester-long projects for real-world clients. Students will gain experience in project management, leadership, decision-making, design, client relations and consultancy, and teamwork. (Credit is not offered as part of this program.)
- Build a portfolio through client-driven projects
- Develop professional and leadership skills to be effective, reflective, and inclusive colleagues
- Practice and apply skills and tools learned through coursework at the School of Information
- Connect with mentors who have professional expertise in design, data, library, social media, and archival skills
What can I expect?
During the program, infoLab students work with organizations on a team with 3-4 other students over the course of 14 weeks. Students commit to 2 hour meetings and 6+ hours outside of infoLab meetings each week. Throughout the program, infoLab members nurture creative team dynamics, communicating with your client, and managing the progress of your projects, while learning and receiving guidance from those on your team and identified professional mentors with related experiences.
Winter 2019: infoLab will be held Fridays 10am - 12pm at TechArb (500 E Washington St)
The following criteria will be used to determine a student's eligibility to participate:
Students will be selected based on overall quality of application and ability to commit to the following:
- Students must be currently enrolled in the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
- Students must attend a Community Engagement Orientation offered by the Office of Professional and Community Engagement at some point during the Winter semester. View umsi.info/iTrack for dates. (If a non-UMSI student, email contact for dates for next orientation.)
- Students must be in good academic standing to participate (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA)
- Students must apply to participate by the application deadline (see Dates & Deadlines below)
- Students must be able to agree to the full commitment required of infoLab
- Attendance to weekly infoLab meetings, Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm at TechArb (500 E Washington St) from January 18th to April 12th 2019
- Commitment to weekly team meetings outside infoLab meetings with project team, client, and mentor
- Commitment to project development time, client meetings, and check-in meetings (up to 6 hours per week)
- Students selected will be expected to represent the infoLab, UMSI and the University of Michigan by acting responsibly, respectfully, and professionally in all places, with all people, at all times
There are no fees for participating in infoLab.
Students must complete the application and apply via M-Compass. Questions should be answered completely, and in a thoughtful manner with personal, professional, and service-oriented goals, and motivation for participation in the program clearly expressed. The application includes:
- Application questionnaire (short essay questions)
Throughout infoLab, student teams on a professional design project that allows them to utilize classroom learning in a real-world setting, while also providing a professional level capacity building service for the organization. Client projects will be proposed by a wide variety of industry and community partners.
Student teams will be able to indicate preference for project proposal. Teams will be matched to project proposal based on quality of application and fit with the project domain area and relevant experience or knowledge.
A list of potential projects will be coming soon. Note that projects may change, or not be offered.
Dates & Deadlines
Nov 19: Application Opens
Dec 2: Application closes
Dec 21: infoLab students invited to join
Jan 2: invited students must confirm their participation in the program
Jan 18: infoLab orientation/ first weekly meeting
For more information, please contact:
University of Michigan School of Information
Office of Professional and Community Engagement
777 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104