The Center for Civic Engagement offers a range of programs that promote civic participation and engaged learning throughout the Northwestern community. Programs are often run in collaboration with other schools, departments and offices, serving a variety of different populations across campus. Click the icons below to learn more about each program.


NU Votes

Political participation is an important part of civic life. As such, the Center has made it part of our mission to make voter registration resources more accessible to the entire NU campus community. More.


Conference on Civic Engagement

Each year the Center hosts a campus-wide conference on civic engagement to encourage a robust dialogue on civic life and public service. More.

NU in Chicago

NU in Chicago is a series of campus-wide events that provide hundreds of students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Chicago neighborhoods for a day of exploration and engaged learning. More.


Special Courses, Programs & Events

In addition to the Center's year-round programming, CCE also sponsors or co-sponors a wide variety of variety of special courses, programs and events with partners throughout the University. More.


Arts & Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers (AMPED)

In partnership with Dr. Maud Hickey from the Bienen School of Music, CCE facilitates a mentorship program between NU students and youth at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. More.


Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)

The ABCD Institute draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future. Learn more about their work here.

Constitution Day

In 2004, the federal government designated September 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution and celebrate its ongoing legacy through this collection of online resources and videos. More.


Engage Chicago

Engage Chicago is a summer field study program that gives undergraduates a chance to live, work, serve and learn together in a remarkable city, amidst a rich history and culture. To learn more, visit

Civic Engagement Certificate Program

This two-year, five-quarter program, coordinated in conjunction with the School of Education and Social Policy, gives undergraduate students a deeper understanding of the forces that affect communities and a more thorough grasp of how to achieve positive change. More.


Evanston Civic Internship Program

Through a partnership between 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. More.


Jumpstart provides a successful model of well-structured, university-community tutoring partnerships. To learn more, visit the website at

Civic Engagement Fellowship

The Center's fellowship is a competitive, paid, one-year program that trains undergraduate leaders to promote quality service learning and civic engagement at Northwestern. More.


Graduate Engagement Opportunities

In partnership with The Graduate School, the Center facilitates a program for Northwestern graduate students exploring the link between active citizenship and academic knowledge. More.


NU Public Interest Program

This one-year fellowship helps train a new generation of leaders to promote the public interest through paid public interest work, professional development seminars, and mentorship opportunities with Northwestern alumni. Visit the website at