Evanston Civic Internship Program

Through a partnership among the Center for Civic Engagement, Chicago Field Studies, and the Center for Leadership, Northwestern students can pursue internships with Evanston government officials and area nonprofit organizations. Students have the option of gaining course credit through field study courses offered through Chicago Field Studies.

Features of the Evanston Civic Internship Program (ECIP):

Connect: ECIP creates a link to Evanston civic institutions and provides a useful stepping stone to other internships. Past interns have frequently found that the experience they gained through ECIP has proved to be valuable in their proceeding application endeavors. Work with the city government or a non-profit organization is always looked upon favorably by Congressional offices, fellowship and grant decision-making boards, and other internship sites.

Learn: Internships encourage a first-hand understanding of the civic process on a municipal level. Participants in the program gain knowledge about local social networks and political institutions. Students also have the option of gaining course credit by taking “CFS397: Field Students in Civic Engagement.”

Engage: You can use the skill set gained through your internship to engage in the civic process. The municipal process is both accessible and powerful. By understanding it, interns have learned how to leverage various forces to effect positive and substantive social change.

  • Wally Bobkiewicz, City Manager
  • The Evanston League of Women Voters
  • Jane Grover, 7th Ward Alderman
  • Mary Collins. Community Service Coordinator, Evanston High School
  • Downtown Evanston
  • Catherine Hurley, Sustainable Programs Coordinator

Evanston Government Officials and Nonprofit Leaders: Interested in hosting an intern? Please email engage@northwestern.edu, and a CCE staff member will be in touch with you.