Northwestern University Public Interest Program


The Northwestern University Public Interest Program is a one-year fellowship experience that introduces graduates to organizations whose missions are to create sustainable social change. For 10-12 months, NUPIP fellows work in Chicago non-profit organizations that address issues such as education, the environment, healthcare, community development, and economic development. NUPIP fellows will also be given a Northwestern alumni mentor in their field of professional interest. Finally, fellows will participate in a weekly seminar at which policy-makers, experts, and organization leaders from around the Chicago-area will discuss relevant topics. Fellows will also become part of The Alumni Network, which encompasses alumni of all Public Interest Programs sponsored by peer institutions, including Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.

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Seniors dedicated to civic engagement and systematic social change; all majors

Award Amount

$20,000-$24,000 stipend for completing the year-long Public Interest Program