Earn nonprofit experience before you graduate! To gain real-world knowledge of community leadership and civic engagement, we encourage you to participate in at least one nonprofit internship while studying at NIU. Though an internship, you'll get hands-on career experience with a nonprofit organization while you earn course credit.  Nonprofit and NGO Studies students have participated in exciting internships directly related to their course of study, and several of them have gone on to secure employment with that same organization.

Students have options for securing internships.  One option is to work with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences internship coordinator to secure an internship spot and earn credit for NNGO 490 (Nonprofit and NGO Studies Internship). 

The other option, which is by application only, is to participate in the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) internship program.  This is a paid internship, generously funded by the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation.  It is a collaborative effort between DCNP, NIU Career Services, the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, and DeKalb County nonprofit organizations.  Participation in this internship also earns credit for NNGO 490 (Nonprofit and NGO Studies Internship). 

Set up an appointment with our Academic Advisor, Stephanie, to discuss fitting an internship into your course schedule by calling our office (815-753-4410).

Internships Make A Difference

Read how our students have been quietly making a big difference in the lives of people across DeKalb County by working paid internships with area nonprofits.

Intern Spotlight

Demontray HodgeDemontray Hodge recently spent a semester interning with the Sycamore Education Foundation.
Article by the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership.

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