Classes led by distinguished Northwestern faculty provide students the opportunity to learn more about the issues they encounter at their internship sites.



Engage Chicago welcomes applications from rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students from around the country.


Applications for Engage Chicago 2016 are considered on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Apply now.

Early Deadline: January 25, 2016
Regular Deadline: February 29, 2016
Final Deadline: April 4, 2016

Information Sessions

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the program.

January 14, 5pm | 1940 Sheridan Road (Focus on the Health & Medicine concentration)
January 19, 6pm | Annenberg G31 (Focus on the Community Organizing concentration)
January 20, 5pm | University Hall 118 (Focus on the Law & Advocacy concentration)

Additional info sessions are scheduled for February and March 2016. Click here for a complete listing.

Admission and Internship Matching

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within 10 business days of the respective deadline. Accepted students will then have 15 calendar days to make a $250 nonrefundable deposit to confirm their participation in the program. This deposit will be applied toward the student's tuition and housing costs.

Once accepted, students will work with Engage Chicago program staff to identify prospective internship placements based on students' interests and goals for the program. EC staff will arrange interviews with prospective sites and help facilitate matches between students and host organizations. This matching process will be ongoing in the months of March, April, and May. Engage Chicago 2016 begins on Friday, June 17.  

Optional Special Concentrations: Health & Medicine and Law & Advocacy

Students may also apply to be considered for one of Engage Chicago's two special concentration areas (Health & Medicine or Law & Advocacy). These concentrations consists of a special set of weekly seminars and field experiences across Chicago that exmaine the role of these fields in building stronger communities. To read more about each concentration click here.

Students who would like to be considered to participate in one of these additional tracks should simply fill out the additional short answer question included in the application below. Students who choose to apply for one of these concentrations will be notified of their admission status to the track at the same time they are notified about their admission status for Engage Chicago.


Fill out the form below to apply for Engage Chicago 2016. To complete this application you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Basic personal information
  • Responses to two short answer questions (optional third question for students interested in a special concentration)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial academic transcript

If you prefer to complete a hard copy version of the application, please email or call 847-467-3047.

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