Opportunities for NIU Students - Northern Illinois University - STEM Outreach

Opportunities for NIU Students

Camp Staff - Paid Positions

Each year we hire NIU students for various summer residential STEM camp staff positions. Check out this year's camp schedules and topics. Previous experience in camps or educational settings is desired, but not required. We will consider applications as we receive them, so it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. The following paid positions are available--

  • Instructors: help facilitate labs and lessons and work primarily during the day
  • Counselors: assist instructors during the day and are responsible for evening activities and dorm supervision overnight
  • STEM Camp Staff Application

Huskie Service Scholars (HSS) - Partial Tuition Waivers

Each year we use a team of four responsible Huskie Service Scholars to help spread the word to young people that science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to their futures. NIU STEM Outreach is a HSS partner.

Team members will satisfy their service requirements by working directly with children and teens at outreach events; performing manual labor in preparation for events; constructing and maintaining displays; and researching and writing materials for teachers, parents, and young people. Mentors and Fellows can expect to work three Saturdays each month at STEM Outreach programs and additional hours throughout the week that will total 300 hours for the academic year. Huskie Service Scholars receive a partial tuition waiver for their efforts.

Peer Mentor Preferred Qualifications (1)

  • Junior STEM major who has been at NIU for at least one year
  • Demonstrated responsibility
  • Experience working with tools
  • Experience working with children or teens in a camp or educational setting

Applications for Peer Mentor positions are accepted each spring. Check here for more information or to apply. http://niu.edu/engagedlearning/service/huskie_service_scholars.shtml.

HSS Fellows (3)

Applications for Fellow positions are accepted each summer. Fellows must be freshman or first-semester transfer students at NIU in the fall semester that their fellowship begins. Fellows should be open to pursuing a STEM major and must meet the requirements detailed at http://niu.edu/engagedlearning/service/huskie_service_scholars.shtml.

Volunteer Opportunities

STEMfest - Every October

Our largest on-campus event requires hundreds of volunteers to make the day a success. Wield a hammer or sling some slime. Come in costume, or not, and help more than 4000 visitors learn to love science.

There are plenty of jobs to go around, whether or not your major is in science.

  • Construction
  • Set up
  • Tear down
  • Staffing the event

Other opportunities throughout the year

  • Assist with badge nights for local scouting groups
  • Assist with demonstration programs
  • Construct new demos and displays
  • Help with after-school engineering clubs
  • Mentor middle school students
  • STEM student organizations participate in Family STEM Nights at schools

To volunteer or inquire about the possibility, contact Pettee Guerrero at pguerrero1@niu.edu with “volunteer” as the subject. In the body of the email, state your name, major, and how you would like to volunteer. Also include information on days or evenings you are available and how much time you are willing to contribute; i.e., 4 hours per week or 2 days per semester.

NIU STEM Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
Association for Computing Machinery
Association of Information Technology Professionals
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Engineers Without Borders
Graduate Student Research Association
Math Club
Minority Science Association
NIU Chem Club
NIU Educators Club
NIU Linux Users Group
NIU Robotics Club
NI Assn. for the Education of Young Children
Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Pre-Veterinay Medicine Club
School Psychology Organization
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Society of Physics Students
Society of Women Engineers
Student Acadamy of Audiology
Student Education Association
Student Psycological Association