CCE Fellowship

Advance Civic Engagement

Seeking CCE Fellows

The Center for Civic Engagement is seeking outstanding student leaders to serve as CCE Fellows in 2020-2021. CCE Fellows serve as peer leaders, liaisons between the Center and the student body, and student staff for CCE programs. This yearlong, paid position offers the opportunity to:

  • Support the Center’s core programs, including AMPED, the Civic Engagement Certificate Program, Engage Chicago, Jumpstart, and NU Votes.
  • Connect Northwestern students with civic and community engagement opportunities on campus and in Evanston and Chicago.
  • Organize and facilitate service-learning projects, community engagement experiences, voter education and participation efforts, and more.


CCE Fellows receive training on civic and community engagement, work closely with staff and faculty, and develop concrete skills, including communication and presentation skills, organizing, and project management. Fellows work an average of 5 hours/week, and are paid $13/hour, regardless of work-study eligibility.

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CCE Fellows Roles 2020-2021

All CCE Fellows – General Responsibilities:

  • Participate in CCE Fellows Training during Welcome Week
  • Participate in all CCE Fellows meetings, monthly throughout the academic year
  • Support a specific CCE program or area of work (see roles and responsibilities below)
  • Represent CCE and serve as a liaison to the broader student body
  • Spread the word about CCE programs to your networks – school and major, student groups, peers, etc. – by nominations and invitations, sharing emails and social media posts, and in-person announcements/presentations
  • Offer feedback on CCE, programs, and civic engagement on campus to CCE staff
  • Offer 1-on-1 peer advising, as needed/requested by CCE staff
  • Support one-time or urgent tasks or projects, as needed/requested by CCE staff
  • Work collaboratively with other Fellows to advance new initiatives or organize special events, as needed or as interest and opportunity permits
  • Invited (but not required) to offer additional staff support to other programs on an as-needed basis, including NU in Chicago programs, NU Votes voter services stations, etc.


All CCE Fellows – General Qualifications:

  • Rising Northwestern sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student
  • Experience with civic and community engagement
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation
  • Ability to take initiative, leadership, and ownership; responsibility and follow-through
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; willingness to do whatever needs to be done to achieve an individual or a collective goal
  • Additional qualifications may apply to specific roles (see below)


Specific Roles, Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Communications & Marketing (2–3 Fellows)

  • Support CCE newsletters and social media channels, including: researching and drafting content for posts; engaging with followers and partner organizations; monitoring engagement
  • Support marketing and outreach efforts for CCE programs and events, including: drafting marketing plans; creating and distributing marketing materials such as emails, flyers, advertisements, and social media; staffing information tables, fairs, and in-person presentations; and documenting press and publicity
  • Provide general administrative and office support, including online research, data entry and analysis, reception coverage, copying, filing, and organizing
  • Support writing, graphic design, and photography, as needed or skills/interests permit
  • Represent CCE in the Community Engagement Coalition and other settings as needed
Additional Qualifications
  • Interest and/or experience in communications, marketing, and outreach
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Experience with graphic design, photography, social media management, email or web design or content management a plus
  • 5 hours/week throughout the academic year

AMPED (Arts & Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers) (1 Fellow)

  • Support recruitment, selection, and training for AMPED Mentors in the Fall
  • Support logistics and help facilitate program sessions in the Winter & Spring, including organizing transportation, supplies, a listening party or other special events, etc.
Additional Qualifications
  • AMPED Mentor experience strongly preferred
  • Average of 1–2 hours/week in Fall, 5 hours/week in Winter & Spring

Civic Engagement Certificate Program (CECP) (1–2 Fellows)

  • Support recruitment for the Certificate program in the Fall
  • TA for the Community Engagement course in the Winter & Spring, including attending and supporting class sessions and field experiences and offering logistical support to instructors and program coordinators
Additional Qualifications
  • CECP Alum or second year student preferred
  • Average of 1–2 hours/week in Fall, 3–5 hours/week in Winter & Spring

Engage Chicago (EC) (2 Fellows)

  • Help develop and implement marketing and retention plans and activities
  • Take the lead with EC recruitment activities such as class visits, tabling, and banner-painting
  • Support recruitment of and training for a team of Ambassadors
  • Help facilitate Ambassador meetings, schedule shifts, send email updates, and support teambuilding in Ambassador cohort
  • Support graphic design and/or social media, as needed or as skills/interests permit
Additional Qualifications
  • EC Alum required, former EC Ambassador preferred
  • Experience with graphic design and/or social media management a plus
  • 2–5 hours/week in Fall, 5–10 hours/week in Winter, 2–3 hours/week in early Spring, 0-2 hours/week in late Spring

Jumpstart (1–2 Fellows)

Responsibilities: Materials Manager
  • Prepare and pack materials for each session, and unpack bins and put away materials after each session
  • Schedule and manage Corps members to support materials prep
  • Keep supply storage area well-organized
Responsibilities: File Manager
  • Help organize and audit Corps member files
  • Help manage and track transit passes
  • Help manage and track child attendance and assessment data
Additional Qualifications
  • Jumpstart Alum strongly preferred
  • 5 hours/week throughout academic year, up to 8 hours/week for Materials Manager

NU Votes (1–2 Fellows)

  • Help staff voter services stations and process and mail forms
  • Help develop voter education guides
  • Help develop and implement voter education and turnout plans and activities
  • Help recruit, select, and train Ambassadors & Staff
  • Help facilitate Ambassador & Staff trainings & meetings, schedule shifts, send email updates, fill in and support as needed
  • Support educational workshops and events, class and student group presentations, media inquiries, and other special projects
Additional Qualifications
  • NU Votes Ambassador or Staff preferred; or significant experience with voter registration, education, engagement, and peer leadership and management
  • 5–10 hours/week in Fall (mid-September thru early November), 2–3 hours/week in Winter (mid-November thru early April), 0–2 hours/week for remainder of Spring