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Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is dedicated to providing opportunities for undergraduates to engage in hands-on learning.  Through OSEEL's undergraduate research, service projects, themed learning communities, and other high impact practices, NIU students will develop critical thinking, use creativity, and employ multiple communication strategies while applying their skills to real-world problems. 



Undergraduate Research

As an NIU student, you will have access to exciting research opportunities through university programs like the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) and the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) program.

Learn more about URAP and USOAR >



NIU Career Services provides resources like counseling, online applications, and internship fairs to help you find the right internship or co-op to give you the real-world experience that employers value so highly

Visit the NIU Career Services Internships and Co-ops >


Summer Congressional Internship Program

Spend your summer interning in Washington, D.C. on the Hill! Competitive students can apply for this program and intern for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation.

Learn more about the Congressional Internship Program >


District 428 – NIU Partnership

NIU partners with two professional development schools (PDS), Paul T. Wright Elementary and Chesebro Elementary. Planning for the 2011 opening of the DeKalb High School PDS is currently underway.  

Learn more about the District 428/NIU Partnership >


Study Abroad

Did you know that NIU students have the opportunity to study in any of 75 different countries? Study abroad at NIU can be a rewarding, life-changing part of any degree program.

Visit the Study Abroad Office website >


Fulbright Program

The Student Fulbright Program is a competitive fellowship to study or teach abroad. It is intended for graduate-level study, but many students begin to prepare for the program during their first year at NIU.

Learn more about the Fulbright program at NIU >