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.


The final deadline for Engage Chicago has passed. Late applications will be accepted as space permits.

Information Sessions

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the program. Check back for information regarding 2016-2017 information sessions.

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.  


All participants focus on the broader social implications of certain key fields through weekly concentrations. For students seeking a more introductory exploration of topics across the city, the Direct Service concentration provides a broad survey of community issues. Students who wish to participate in this concentration should check the box in the application.

Alternatively, students may apply to one of three pre-professional concentrations. This summer, students can choose between Health & Medicine, Law & Advocacy, and Community Organizing. Students who would like to be considered to participate in one of these tracks should 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.

For more information about Engage Chicago concentrations, click here.


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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