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Undergraduate Engineering Opportunities

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Global Engineering Treks (GET)

In the fields of sustainability and energy, engineers turn abstract ideas into innovative solutions. With this in mind, McCormick Global Initiatives offers ten day Trek programs in Germany, Israel, and Taiwan that expose students to real-world advances in sustainability, water management, and hi-tech innovation.

Germany- Global Engineering Trek: Sustainability

In partnership with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN),  this program sends students to Heidelberg, Germany for a cleantech immersion program. In addition to visiting companies and research universities in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, participants gain exposure to global internship and job opportunities including those related to biotech, organic photovoltaics, and sustainable production chains. This program will be offered twice in 2022: a Spring Break trip open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, and a September 2022 trip open to Freshmen and Sophomores.

Israel- Global Engineering Trek: Water

Undertaken in partnership with the Northwestern Center for Water Research, this trek focuses on water desalination, water reuse, and hyper-efficient precision agriculture systems. Students gain exposure to global internships and job opportunities in the Israeli cities and regions of Tel Aviv, Dan region, Haifa, and the Negev Desert. This program will be offered twice in 2022: a Spring Break trip open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, and a September 2022 trip open to Freshmen and Sophomores.

Taiwan- Global Engineering Trek: Innovation and High-Tech

New in 2022, this joint initiative with the Office of the Vice President for International Relations offers attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the start-ups and industry leaders in Taipei. In addition to touring innovation incubators, global corporations, and meeting peer students at National Taiwan University, participants will gain exposure to global internship and job opportunities including those related to computer science, manufacturing, app development, electronic devices, and sustainable supply chain management. This trek is only available in June of 2022, and is open to Sophomores and Juniors.

Costs for all treks are highly subsidized. Please note that completion of each trek does not convey course credit, and is intended as a supplemental learning and enrichment experience.

Learn more about this program

Watch the students describe their experiences in Germany in this video:

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Undergrad-Abroad Mixer & Spring Send-Off

Our 5th Annual Undergrad-Abroad Mixer & Spring Send-Off took place on May 8th in Cohen Commons. This was a social event for all McCormick students considering, about to embark on, or returning from an abroad experience. Global Initiatives' mission is to inform our engineering students about the multiple international opportunities available abroad and how to pursue them. This event intends to connect these students who either performed or are interested in performing international research, internship, study and projects abroad.

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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.

Apply for a support stipend of up to $1,000 to help offset the travel costs of conducting scientific research, project work, industry internship or summer study abroad. Student Ambassadors will serve the 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 only summer Study Abroad programs are 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 5 weeks prior to the start of the quarter abroad.

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Global Exchange Welcome

Global Initiatives hosted its third annual “Global Exchange Welcome” on October 4th. 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 Tel Aviv University, ETH Zürich, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The event connected those with special interests in research and study abroad.

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Global Initiatives Fair

For the past six 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 Global Learning Office (GLO), McCormick Undergraduate Advising and the Global Health Office 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.

Learn more about this year's Fair here.

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Engineering Abroad Documents

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Study Abroad, Exchange, and International Opportunities

Northwestern - National Taiwan University Virtual Research Poster Workshops

On March 1st through March 3rd, 2022, Northwestern University and National Taiwan University co-hosted a virtual research poster exchange, offering graduate students, post-docs, and undergraduate researchers a forum for sharing information about their research interests and networking with their international colleagues. With nights for Energy & Sustainability, Biomedical Engineering, and Electronic Devices and Systems, the event saw an excellent turnout.  More information on the sessions can be found in this article.


Offices and Resources

Northwestern Engineering Offices

Northwestern Offices

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International Fellowship And Competition Opportunities


Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied smart systems (IRiKA)

The goal of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program is to provide high-quality educational experiences for small groups of U.S. students through active research participation in collaboration with foreign researchers at an international site and provide students with international collaborative research training and a personal network on which to build future collaborations.
IRiKA is a competitive program. The five (5) students selected for the Summer 2021 cohort will each receive:
• US-Korea Roundtrip plane fare and transportation in Korea (~$2000)
• 8-week paid research internship in Korea ($4000)
• Accommodation in Korea (~$2000)
• Optional Research materials supplement
• Support to publish work at a local/regional/national/international conference

Applications for Summer 2022 have now closed.



Projects for Peace

The Projects for Peace program enables undergraduates around the country to design grassroots "projects for peace" that use a summer to address global social issues. The grant provides up to $10,000 for a summer project focused on some dimension of enabling peace in a global world. At Northwestern, the Office of Fellowships facilitates the grant process. One Northwestern student is awarded the Projects for Peace grant each year. First-, second-, and third-year students are eligible to apply.

Applicants must submit all materials to Jason Kelly Roberts by 12:00 PM on January 24th, 2023.

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Global Engineering Program

It is increasingly important for our undergraduates to engage in the global technological community, which includes professional and academic institutions outside of the United States.  Preparation to enter such a global technological landscape transcends mere classroom preparation and requires service learning, studying, researching, living, and/or working abroad. 

This program is designed to structure a path whereby students can successfully incorporate significant international experience into their already rigorous engineering curriculum.  This program will encourage the development of formal ties between Northwestern Engineering and educational, research, and engineering organizations around the world, by engaging the Engineering School’s most valuable asset – its students.

Successful completion of this program will be include in your undergraduate transcript.

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