Engage Chicago

chicago skylineMission or Purpose

Engage Chicago is an eight-week summer field study program that gives bright undergraduates from across the nation a chance to live, work, serve and learn together in this remarkable city, amidst a rich history and culture of civic engagement. The innovative program model deliberately combines academic coursework, placements at top community organizations/civic institutions, and powerful community experiences — all under the guidance of expert Northwestern faculty, staff and community mentors.

Program Description

Northwestern University’s Engage Chicago is an eight-week residential summer program for outstanding undergraduate students completing their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year. The program, anchored with a 3.5-day/week internship, combines immersive experiential learning with coursework and thoughtful reflection led by Northwestern faculty and staff. Engage Chicago is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement in partnership with the Chicago Field Studies program at Northwestern University.


Engage Chicago is open to all rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in good academic standing

Application Information

Visit the Engage Chicago website to learn how to apply.

Student Testimonial

"My summer with Engage Chicago was without a doubt the single most valuable and formative experience I've had at Northwestern. I cannot recommend it enough." - D'Laney Gielow, Class of 2013

"Engage Chicago revolves around community. You are immersedin a nurturing community of students, exposed to Chicago communities you mightnever otherwise confront, and advised on the importance of community in yourlife and your work. I leave this program with a revolutionized perspective anda heightened appreciation of the people and the opportunities around me." - Northwestern Student

"Engage Chicago can give you a great internship, it allowsyou to experience a summer in Chicago, and it forces you to continuallyre-examine your preexisting social beliefs." - Northwestern Student

Contact Information

Engage Chicago
Website: www.engagechicago.org
Phone: 847-467-1367
Email: engage@northwestern.edu