Students, Join our STEAM Team

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 4,000 visitors learn to love science.

You don't have to be a science major - there are plenty of jobs to go around:

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

Sign up to volunteer at STEMfest here!

Destination Imagination - April 2019

For the past five years, NIU has hosted Destination Imagination, a volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning.

We're looking for roughly 100 students to help guide these young students to locations across campus, judge competitions, stand at competition doors to allow people in the rooms, be runners for scores, help with set-up and take-down.

Other Opportunities Throughout the Year

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

How to Volunteer

To volunteer, contact Sara Finnigan 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 Service Leaders

NIU Service Leaders is a Federal Work-Study program for eligible (see below) sophomores, juniors and seniors. It provides opportunities for you to engage with local high schools, middle schools and organizations that serve predominantly DeKalb county youth. As mentors, you'll also teach civics and civic participation and tutor in reading and literacy. You'll work in teams at various community sites and meet monthly during cohort meetings geared toward professional development and academic resources. Each team is led by a Peer Mentor who facilitates additional team meetings and group reflection on their service experience. 

NIU Service Leaders must be all of the following:

  • A sophomore, junior or senior.
  • A first generation college student (this means neither parent has received a 4-year degree) or be Pell grant eligible.
  • Committed to participate in the program for two semesters (Fall 2018 & Spring 2019).
  • Eligible for Federal Work-Study and able to work 8-10 hours per week.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

How to Apply

2018-2019 online application is now open. If you're interested in this program please contact Michaela Holtz at 815-753-8154, or stop by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning for more information.

Summer 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 at a camp or educational setting is desired, but not required.  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 be responsible for evening activities and dorm supervision overnight.

How to Apply

We accept applications starting in early spring, and you'll be able to download the application here on our website as soon as it's available. We'll consider applications as we receive them, so it's to your advantage to apply as early as possible. You'll need to submit a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation with your application. For more information, email