At NIU, learning comes to life. You're more than a student. We'll give you opportunities to take your education beyond the classroom to wherever your passions lie. Learn how we’ll prepare you to enter the workforce with more than a degree.
Be an Explorer
Join one of your professors on research projects in our state-of-the-art labs or in the field, and gain experience that makes you workplace-ready. You can get started your first year, and some programs even pay you for your work.
You don’t have to be an art major to take our Creative Path, a one-year set of arts-themed courses that connects your passion for the arts to your studies. You'll express yourself while building collaboration and communication skills — a plus in any field.
Be a Change-maker
Want to make a difference? We’re committed to social justice, equity and inclusion. You’re sure to find your community here, and with a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from, you can make a big impact on the campus community and your future.
Whether you already have a job or want to gain the additional skills you need to secure your dream job, join our JobsPLUS network. This program will allow you to learn, earn and grow your access to employment opportunities.