Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Students: Will You Be in Chicago This Summer? Engage Chicago!

by Ann Abbott

"Engage Chicago" sounds like a terrific program that will involve students in the city and give them great skills at the same time. If I were a student, I would apply to this program.

If you do apply to the program, please highlight your knowledge of Spanish and your experiences in your Spanish community service learning class (SPAN 232 and/or SPAN 332). Make yourself stand out from all the other applicants by offering unique value to their team: language skills and experience working in not-for-profits serving Latinos.

Here's the description:

Engage Chicago is an eight-week summer field study program that gives bright undergraduates from across the nation a chance to live, work, serve and learn together in this remarkable city, amidst a rich history & culture of civic engagement. The innovative program model deliberately combines academic coursework, placements at top community organizations/civic institutions, and powerful community experiences — all under the guidance of expert Northwestern faculty, staff and community mentors.

Through hands-on experience, thoughtful reflection, and a summer living with a vibrant community of peers, Engage Chicago is designed to be a powerful opportunity for students to learn about a great city, about social change, and about themselves.

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