NU Public Interest Program

Building a Network of Engaged Citizens to Inspire Change

Hosting a Fellow

Prospective Organizations

Below you will find information about the NUPIP program and what you can expect as a partner organization. With questions, please contact Katrina Weimholt at or 847-491-8711. To apply to host an NUPIP Fellow in 2017-18, click here.

NUPIP Provides:

  • A motivated Northwestern graduate with skills and interests that match your organization’s work
  • partnership with Northwestern University and access to resources offered by the University and the NUPIP program
  • Access to a network of dozens of Chicago-area nonprofits and civic organizations and to a community of Fellows, alumni, supervisors, and mentors affiliated with PIP programs at NU, Princeton, and the University of Chicago
  • Professional development for Fellows, through biweekly seminars on a wide range of issues and access to a Northwestern University alumni mentor
  • Support and consultation for Fellows, organizations, and supervisors throughout the Fellowship year

Host Organizations Are Expected To:

  • Provide challenging and meaningful work for the Fellow, full-time for a period of 9-12 months
  • Provide orientation and training specific to the organization and position
  • Provide thoughtful supervision for the Fellow
  • Allow the Fellow to attend bi-weekly seminars which provide professional development and networking opportunities for the Fellowship cohort
  • Provide basic financial support for the Fellow, typically between $25,000-$30,000 for the term of the Fellowship* — plus a placement fee of $1,000 to NUPIP. Host organizations are also responsible for providing basic health insurance benefits.
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of the NU Public Interest Program

*The exact stipend is set by the host organization, and typically ranges from $25,000-$30,000 for a full-year Fellowship (12 months). The stipend can be prorated for a shorter term of service (9-11 months). 

Application and Matching Process

Applications for partner organizations are available online at Applications can be submitted online, by fax, or by email.

February 15, 2017
• Prospective host organization applications due

February – March 2017
• Host organizations receive prospective matches and candidate materials
• Candidates complete interviews with host organizations

March – April 2017
• Host organizations select candidates and make offers
• First round placements finalized
• Second round matches, interviews, offers, and placements (as needed)

May 2017
• Matched Fellows and host organizations return signed Letter of Agreement
• Host organizations and NUPIP Fellows attend Spring Reception

June – September 2017
• Fellows begin work at host organizations. Fellowships must run at least 9 months.
Specific start dates and schedules are arranged between the organization and Fellow.

September 2017
• NUPIP seminars begin

Applications are available now. Click here to apply.