Northern Lights Ambassadors

Meet our current Northern Lights Ambassadors

Northern Lights Ambassadors 

Created in 2011, the Northern Lights Ambassadors are a select group of undergraduate students who are chosen on the basis of academic leadership and excellence and involvement in engaged learning activities who represent each college on campus and in the community.

Students chosen as Northern Lights Ambassadors develop ongoing relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and donors within the college and serve as ambassadors to assist with retention, engaged learning, fund development, public relations, outreach, and special events for their college and the university. These students commit to serving a complete academic year (fall and spring semester) and will receive a tuition waiver of $2,000 for the entire school year ($1,000/semester).

Northern Lights Ambassadors:
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Demonstrate responsibility
  • See things through and can be relied upon
  • Embody integrity, respect, and flexibility
  • Exhibit leadership qualities, positive attitudes, and pride in NIU
Northern Lights Ambassadors may be responsible for the following:
Liaison Students may provide tours and assist with Open Houses, college-wide receptions, and programs for prospective students
Hosting Students may accompany visitors, serve as a representative at various faculty and administrative meetings, and meet with donors
Retention Students may assist the Student Success Specialist in their college with college-specific student success programs and initiatives for the general college population
Public Relations Students may serve in college publications, photos, and stories as needed
Engagement Encourage fellow students to get involved in engaged learning activities (i.e. service, research, etc.)

Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in good standing with a declared major within the college.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a demonstrated involvement in engaged learning activities. In addition, students selected as an NLA must be available to attend monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Application & Selection Process:
The application process for the 2015-2016 Northern Lights Ambassadors is currently OPEN. 

NLA applicants must submit all application materials by February 13, 2015 at 4:30PM to be considered.

Colleges will review applications by March 6, 2015. Students will be notified the week of March 9 (spring break). Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview during the week of March 16-20, 2015. Selected students will be notified of final decisions by the end of March and must commit to serving from August 17, 2015 to May 15, 2016.

Contact the Northern Lights Ambassadors Co-Coordinators at For additional or immediate assistance, contact the Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning staff at 815-753-8154 or at or the Office of Student Academic Success at 815-753-5721 or