NIU Student Engagement Opportunities


2018 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

NIU Service Leaders

NIU Service Leaders is a Federal Work-Study program for eligible (see below) sophomores, juniors, and seniors that provides opportunities to engage with local high schools, middle schools, and organizations that serve predominantly DeKalb county youth. As mentors, students also teach civics and civic participation and tutor in reading and literacy. Students 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:

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • A first generation college student (this means neither parent has received a 4-year degree) or Pell grant eligible
  • Committed to participate in the program for two semesters (Fall 2016 & Spring 2017) 
  • 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:

2017-2018 online application is now open. If you are 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.

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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 Sara Finnigan at 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.

Destination Imagination - March 24, 2018

For the past 5 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 are 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.

Sign up to volunteer here!

NIU STEM Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon 
American Society of Safety Engineers
Anthropology Club
Association for Computing Machinery 
Association of Information Technology Professionals
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA)

Engineers Without Borders

Geography Club
Graduate Student Research Association 
Honors Student Association
Medical Laboratory Sciences
NIU Chem Club 
NIU Educators Club 
NIU Math Club
NIU Robotics Club 
NIU SAE Aerospace Design
NI Assn. for the Education of Young Children
Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society 
Pre-Physical Therapy Club 
NIU Pre-Veterinary Medicine Association
School Psychology Organization 
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers 
Society of Physics Students
Society of Women Engineers
Student Academy of Audiology
Student Psychological Association
Student Nurses Organization