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Student Life

Discover the vibrant and engaging world of our student life - providing endless opportunities for personal growth and social development to help you thrive and succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Academic Events

Guest Speaker Series

Our Guest Speaker Series features top industry leaders and experts. Students gain insight and inspiration directly from professionals in a wide range of fields.

Quasi-Experimental Design Prof. Peter Steiner
Quasi-Experimental Design Prof. Peter Steiner
Behavioral Health Interventions  Kelly Hallberg
Behavioral Health Interventions Kelly Hallberg
Climate and Energy Policy in the U.S. Burçin Ünel
Climate and Energy Policy in the U.S. Burçin Ünel

Conferences and Workshops

Students gain invaluable experience and insights in professional networking as they meet with industry experts, develop meaningful connections, and explore opportunities for collaboration and growth.

American Economic Association Conference
American Economic Association Conference
Professional Networking
Professional Networking
Career Advancement
Career Advancement
Winter Capstone Policy Forum
Winter Capstone Policy Forum
Academic Support
Academic Support

Social Events

Students engage in immersive experiences that foster personal growth and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Architectural Boat Tour
Architectural Boat Tour
Chicago Cubs Game
Chicago Cubs Game
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Chinese New Year’s Celebration
Chinese New Year’s Celebration
Campus Picnic
Campus Picnic
Student Retreat
Student Retreat

Our Students

Kristina Kokoneci

Our program retreat allowed us to connect beyond the classroom setting. The best moments were undoubtedly when we gathered around a table and shared our experiences so far and our future career plans.”

—Kristina Kokoneci

Student Resources

Residential Services

Student Health Insurance

Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) is administered by the Northwestern Student Health Insurance office. Per University policy, international students – students holding a J-1 or F-1 U.S. visa – are required to confirm enrollment in the NU-SHIP for the entire time they are studying at Northwestern. Learn more about NU-SHIP here.


The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) supports Northwestern’s international community by organizing orientations, providing immigration services, advocacy, and outreach. Learn more about OISS here.

Campus Safety

Safety is a priority at Northwestern. From health resources and medical care to campus police and security, the University ensures that this home away from home is safe. Facilities like Safe Ride (Providing free and safe rides after dark), NUhelp (to report an incident or share a concern), Urgent medical services, University police, and many more are in place to provide a safe environment where students can grow personally and professionally. Learn more about campus safety here.


Northwestern Career Advancement

The Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) office runs different initiatives to help students in their career growth. Learn more about these initiatives here.


Many institutions - private and public - have various research assistant positions available for a short time (1-2 years). RA positions give you an opportunity to work with senior researchers and gain experience. RA positions are also a great option for those who are on the fence about a career in research or are sure about having a career in research but find it difficult to decide their field of interest. These are some institutes with RA opportunities:

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

On its website, NBER publishes its own RA positions as well as a list of RA positions outside of NBER.


(Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers) is a premier hub for finding full-time, paid, post-bachelor research assistantships at universities and research institutions around the country.

American Institutes for Research

AIR also posts about the research assistant positions on its 'Jobs posting' page.

Tobin Center for Economic Policy (Yale University)

The Tobin Center / Economics Pre-Doctoral Fellows Program at Yale University supports policy-relevant economics research by providing a high-quality education and training experience for individuals with bachelor's or master's degrees who are considering pursuing a Ph.D. in economics or a closely related discipline.

Pre-doctoral fellows work for one to two years as full-time research assistants for one or more faculty mentors and engage in additional education and training activities, including taking credit or auditing one course per semester, participating in a weekly professional development seminar, and attending department research seminars.

Apart from this, you can also approach a professor/scholar expressing your interest in R.A. ship.


Many institutes have internship programs for ECON and social policy students. Typically, these programs are 10-12 weeks long and follow the university quarter system. The application process for any internship program typically begins 4-5 months before the start date of the internship. Here are a few institutes that offer an internship program.

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

IEDC has an Economic Development Technical Internship and a Public Policy Internship. Besides these internships, IEDC has a "Young Professional Mentorship program" worth checking.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OECD is a Paris-based organization with offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Mexico. Students looking for international internship opportunities should check out their internship program.

MDRC (Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation)

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization based in New York City, Washington DC, Oakland, and Los Angeles, California. MDRC offers a paid internship program for Undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral fellows. The internship is based in the NYC office.

World Bank Internship Program

The Bank Internship Program (BIP) offers highly motivated individuals an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank.

International Monetary Fund (IMG) Internship Program

IMF recruits for the Fund Internship Program (FIP) globally, with approximately 50 students from around the world joining each year at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. These paid internships take place between June and October and run for 10 to 12 weeks.

American Institutes for Research (AIR) Internship

AIR's Summer Internship Program is a 10–12 week paid summer program for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students. Apart from this, AIR also keeps posting about other internship opportunities with them.

United Nations (U.N.) Internship Program  

Apart from these, all the Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors have summer research internship programs. To learn about these programs, you should visit the website of the individual bank or the Board of Governors.

Jobs in Industry

Check out the following pages to know more about a career in Economics

You can also check out job boards like:

  • AEA's Job Board
  • Skoll Community Job Board
    • Skoll foundation’s website has a community job board where you will find an aggregated list of social sector job opportunities and original postings covering unique opportunities in the NGO / Government and CSR space.

  • Econ Job Market
    • On this website you can find all the job postings from across the globe.

  • Econ - Jobs

The Campus

sailboats on the beach

Evanston is a beautiful, calm, and peaceful town on Lake Michigan's north shore. It borders Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, Wilmette to the north, and Lake Michigan to the east. Founded by Methodist Business leaders in 1857, Evanston is home to Northwestern University. The city and the University share a long-standing relationship. Northwestern University was founded before the town itself. In 1855, Northwestern opened its doors for the first time. The founders of Northwestern submitted to the county judge their plans for a city and their wish to rename the town Evanston in 1854. In 1857, the city of Evanston was named. Due to its geographical closeness with Chicago and yet suburban nature, Evanston perfectly balances the fast-paced city life and the calm suburban life. This town's unique beauty and character delight visitors and residents of all ages.

Learn more about Evanston.