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Graduate Assistantships to Support Engaged Scholarship and Teaching at NU

Modified: April 17, 2015

The Center for Civic Engagement has two openings for graduate assistants for the 2015-16 academic year, including summer 2016. The two positions will work closely with one another as well as with Center staff and faculty to promote and develop graduate student programing at CCE and to promote engaged scholarship at Northwestern University. The positions are open to any student in good standing who is entering their 6th year or below of doctoral study at NU.

The Graduate Assistants' main work areas are listed below. Both assistants will be involved in all of these areas, but each area will have a designated assistant assigned to take the lead.

The assistantships come with a standard stipend and tuition scholarship. Interested graduate students should apply here by May 4 at 9am. Finalists will be invited for interviews in mid-May.

GEO Community Practicum Job Duties

  • Marketing to and recruiting graduate students for the program
  • Maintaining and developing community partnerships
  • Assisting in the placement of students
  • Assuring regular communication with site supervisors
  • Supporting instructor and occasionally attending class sessions

CCE Faculty Fellows Job Duties

  • Organizing quarterly faculty fellows meetings
  • Assuring regular communication with faculty fellows
  • Assisting in faculty fellows events

Special Events and Programs Job Duties

  • Developing programing ideas that further civic engagement or engaged scholarship among graduate students in all fields
  • Organizing, planning, and marketing events
  • Developing campus partnerships
  • Acting as liaison with Civically Engaged Grads student group to ensure complementary programming

Research and Assessment Job Duties

  • Assisting with research design and data collection to assess CCE programs
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data
  • Writing reports for variety of audience and publication

General Job Duties

  • Attending weekly CCE staff meeting
  • Participating in Center-wide events
  • Other duties as assigned, such as developing content and design for CCE's website; photographing events


  • Enrolled in a Northwestern University doctoral program, entering 6th year or below
  • Experience working with community partners
  • Ability to plan, organize and schedule in an efficient, productive manner to accomplish projects or initiatives while managing competing priorities
  • Ability to analyze data using quantitative or qualitative methods (knowledge and skills in both preferred, for one candidate)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively one-to-one and in small groups
  • Ability to write precise, well-organized emails, letters, proposals and reports
  • Web/graphic design skills a plus

Contact Heidi Gross with any questions.