NU Public Interest Program

Building a Network of Engaged Citizens to Inspire Change


Why Consider NUPIP?

Are you a graduating senior or recent alumni exploring fellowship and job opportunities?
Are you interested in the nonprofit or public sectors, but not sure where to start?
Do you want to spend a year of your time learning about Chicago and the public interest sector, exploring career opportunities, and working for the public good? NUPIP may be for you!

NUPIP offers the opportunity to:

  • Receive hands-on assistance with the job search and placement process – connecting with Chicago-area organizations seeking to hire recent college grads, identifying positions that best fit your interests and skills, and navigating the application, interview, and hiring processes
  • Engage in challenging, meaningful work at a top Chicago-area nonprofit, government agency, or civic organization
  • Participate in professional development seminars focused nonprofit and public sector management, skill building, and career development
  • Be paired with an experienced mentor for career advice and support in building a professional network
  • Join a cohort of recent graduates from Northwestern and other Universities, as well as a community of alumni, supervisors, mentors, and community leaders
  • Make a significant impact on communities and social issues while developing concrete skills to aid in your future academic and professional endeavors


Who Should Apply?

NUPIP is open to graduating students and recent alumni from all backgrounds, majors, and interests, who want to enter or explore careers that make a difference. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated passion and motivation for public interest work
  • Depth of understanding of social issues and critical awareness of one’s role in working toward social change
  • The ability to work with diverse populations and communities, and flexibility in adapting to new environments and circumstances
  • Strong professional skills, such as communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and leadership, the ability to persevere through challenges and produce results
  • Commitment to the PIP program and community (seminars, mentorship, and the cohort of peers and alumni)



Learn more about the program or preview the application process.