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Graduate Assistant Positions at the Center for Civic Engagement

Modified: April 3, 2017

The Center for Civic Engagement has two graduate assistant positions open for the 2017-18 academic year, including summer 2018. There is also the possibility for one GA to start their position in summer 2017.  

Graduate assistants work closely with Center staff and faculty to develop programming for graduate and undergraduate students, while also promoting engaged scholarship at Northwestern. The position is open to any student in good standing who is in their 6th year or less of doctoral study.

The assistantship comes with a standard stipend and tuition scholarship. Interested graduate students should apply here by 5pm on Monday, April 17. Finalists will be invited for interviews in early May.

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

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
  • Ensuring 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, sixth 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

Please contact Heidi Gross with questions.

Funding, Professional Development