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Student Global Opportunities

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Global initiatives Fair

For the past five years, Global Initiatives has proudly hosted the Global Initiatives Fair, an event designed to highlight international science and engineering opportunities such as study abroad, co-ops, internships and global research projects.

Northwestern offices such as International Program Development (IPD), Study Abroad (SAO) and the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) are present at the Fair, offering engineering students the unique opportunity to learn about the multiple global offerings available in their field. Additionally, the Office of Fellowships and the Office of Undergraduate Research are also present to inform engineering students of the numerous funding and research opportunities available.

The Global Initiatives Fair, which takes place each fall quarter, is just one of the many activities Global Initiatives has launched to promote international awareness and activity among engineering students.

Also in attendance are the Global Initiatives Student Ambassadors who were awarded funds to complete international work. This allows student attendees to speak to those who have studied abroad and learn first-hand just how fruitful a global experience in engineering can be. Please refer to the "Engineering Abroad Documents" below to view all global science and engineering opportunities offered for the upcoming academic year.


Global Exchange Welcome

Global Initiatives McCormick exchange students connect at the welcome receptionhosted its second annual “Global Exchange Welcome” on September 22nd. This was a social event for all incoming engineering foreign exchange students to connect with McCormick students who returned from abroad exchanges. Faculty and staff members who assisted with these exchange programs were also present. McCormick partnering institutions represented at this year's event were Koç University, Tel Aviv University, ETH Zürich, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University College London, and the University of Hong Kong. The event garnered over 25 participants and more importantly connected those with special interests in research and study abroad.

Undergrad-Abroad mixer

Our 4th Annual Global Initiatives Undergrad-Abroad Mixer was held on April 14.  This was a social event for all McCormick students considering, about to embark on, or recently returning from an abroad experience. As per previous student panels, students this year shared their varied experiences of research, internship, study, and projects abroad. Global Initiatives' mission is to inform our engineering students about the multiple international opportunities available abroad and how to pursue them.

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Student Ambassador Awards

Student Ambassador Awards provide support for industry internships, projects and research abroadThe Global Initiatives office invites undergraduates and BS/MS students with global perspective in their engineering careers to serve as Global Initiatives Student Ambassadors.

In return for a support stipend of up to $1,000 to help offset the travel costs of conducting scientific research, project work, or an industry internship abroad, Student Ambassadors will serve Global Initiatives mission creatively, using their opportunity abroad to inform the general public and/or their research/work community in their host country about Northwestern University, and upon returning, inform fellow McCormick students of their experience abroad. Note Study Abroad programs are not eligible for these awards.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an application.
  2. Provide an NU transcript.
  3. Write a motivation letter about the importance of this opportunity to your professional development, and explain what tasks you will undertake to serve as a student ambassador to fellow McCormick students upon your return.
  4. Verify that you have already received the necessary support to conduct the research or industry internship, or acceptance into the program that coordinates the project work.
  5. Submit your completed application, NU transcript, motivation letter, and verification of current financial support to

Student applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received, but must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the departure date.

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Global Engineering Trek (GET) in Sustainability for Freshmen

In the fields of sustainability and energy, engineers turn abstract ideas into innovative solutions. With this in mind, McCormick Global Initiatives partnered with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) to create a new tech immersion program for freshmen based in Heidelberg, Germany.

Prior to their sophomore Fall Quarter in 2017, students traveled to "Technologiepark," a technology incubator for startup companies working on the general theme of sustainability and energy. In addition to visiting companies and research universities in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, participants gained exposure to global internship and job opportunities including those related to biotech, organic photovoltaics, and sustainable production chains. It is important to note that participants did not receive academic credit for this program.

For more information about this exciting new program, please visit this link.

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