NIU Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Opportunities

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university. The main campus in DeKalb is 65 miles west of Chicago. Programs are also delivered online and in Naperville, Chicago, Rockford and through our community college partners. We offer high-quality academic programs that lead to successful careers. One of our core values is service to and engagement with our Huskie community, the wider local community and the larger communities in which we collaborate, learn, teach and research.

The Center for Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Studies

Our center is committed to the growth and development of civil society through research, community engagement and training the next generation of community leaders.

We offer NIU students with all different talents, passions, and experiences the ability to learn about the nonprofit and NGO sector and then apply that knowledge to their communities. And we provide nonprofit organizations with many ways to build their capacity so they can better meet their mission by providing consulting services, internships, research assistance and professional development programs that connect the latest research to practice.

Nonprofit and NGO Studies Academic Programs

Nonprofit and NGO Studies (NNGO), an interdisciplinary program and the only undergraduate nonprofit degree program at a public university in Illinois, was created for students who want to make a difference in the world and build their academic experience based on their passions. Students can choose from three undergraduate programs: major, minor or certificate.

The academic curriculum is enhanced through in-class and out-of-class experiences, working side by side with nonprofit partners. Our undergraduate students apply their knowledge right away and throughout their program through service, volunteerism, activism, internships, research and consulting. From year one to graduation, NNGO programs help students understand the world around them and forge a nonprofit career pathway full of possibilities.

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Why Choose NIU?

Our approach to engaged learning takes you out of the classroom, providing the foundation for a successful career while contributing to society. Learn more about the unique ways you can make a difference through service projectsstudy abroad programs, internships and research

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