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We are now accepting applications for summer 2014 programs, as well as programs during the 2014-15 academic year. Click here to view all open applications.

This past summer, in partnership with the University Honors Program and the Office of the Vice Provost, OSEEL coordinated the inaugural McKearn Summer Fellows program. 10 of NIU's best and brightest students participated in the eight-week program which focused on three modules: research and artistry, civic engagement, and leadership development activities. Throughtout teh summer, the McKearn Fellows conducted faculty-mentored, independent research projects while also attending personal and professional development workshops, traveling to meet esteemed NIU alumni, and presenting at the inaugural Summer Research Symposium. 

The opportunity for students to participate in the McKearn Summer Fellows Program was made possible thanks to alumni John and Cassandra McKearn. 

The McKearn Fellows continue to express their gratitute to John and Cassandra McKearn for what has been deemed "the hardest summer" and still "the best summer yet," and one that will continue to postitively impact these 10 students throughout their life. View the "NIU McKearn Fellows say thanks" video.

Read "Meet the McKearn Summer Fellows" in the 2014 Winter Northern Now.


Mentor Matching Engine

NIU is proud to be one of the 15 pilot schools and organizations to participate in the Illinois Science & Technology Institute's new Mentor Matching Engine program. The Mentor Matching Engine is being undertaken to help match high school students with mentors in STEM fields. The goal of the Mentor Matching Engine is to increase the number of students enrolling in postsecondary education in R&D majors. Want to become a Mentor? Learn more..

Spring 2014 Graduate School Preparation Seminar 

Join us for the Spring 2014 Graduate School Preparation Seminar Date: Saturday, February 15th, from 8:30am to 1:00pm. At: the Yordon Center. Gain vital information for finding and applying to the right graduate school for you. The Grand Prize will be a GRE Test Waiver generously provided by the Career Services

Spring 2014 GRE Basics Workshops

Dates: Monday February 17th through February 27th. The sessions run from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Monday through Thursday. 8 sessions at Dusable Hall. The GRE Basics Workshop aims to provide basic GRE preparation for students. Each of the sessions will focus on a different portion of the GRE, from introducing students to the test itself, to sessions on verbal and quantitative reasoning. Students planning to take the GRE are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, although it is not required to attend all sessions.

Internship opportunities available for CAHE students

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning are seeking Master's and Doctoral level students in the Counseling, Adult and Higher Education program to serve as interns for a semester.  

  • For more information, view a description of the internship opportunities here.
  • To apply for an internship, download the application here.**We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester.*