Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Opportunity: Career Services Intern

Career Services Intern

NIU Career Services is pleased to be hiring for the position of Career Services Intern (CSI) for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a paid, undergraduate-level internship. All majors are eligible.

CSIs will staff the Career Resource Center, which involves critiquing resumes and other written job search materials, assisting students with Huskies Get Hired, and attending to day-to-day operations. CSIs will also be responsible for conducting career development presentations, planning outreach events, and marketing Career Services to the NIU community.


Project management and multitasking skills
Ability to motivate and energize individuals and groups
Listening skills
Attention to detail
Organizational skills
Ability to work independently
Familiarity with NIU structure and departments
Familiarity with Career Services' structure, services, and web-based systems
Demonstrated interest in and commitment to diversity and multicultural issues
Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills

This is an undergraduate-level internship. All majors are eligible. The internship is a two semester commitment starting with the fall semester, 2016.

In alignment with Career Services' policies regarding internship criteria:
·         Interns will be required to work at least 120 hours during each semester. However, most interns will work around 10-15 hours per week. Occasional evening work will be required.
·         The minimum NIU GPA required for applying to this position is 2.0. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
·         All applicants must be current NIU students and must have earned a minimum of 30 undergraduate-level credit hours (from NIU or other sources) by the end of summer session 2015.
·         Successful candidates will be required to report their internship position using Career Services' website:
All new CSIs must be available to complete training for the position from Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19, 2015. Details will be provided to those hired for this position.

Because this position involves working with information protected under federal education laws, interns will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8. Students should apply using Huskies Get Hired: Interviews will take place during the week of April 18.


Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University afford equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation, and sexual orientation. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Social Impact Summit

Grab your tickets now:

Get fired up! The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE) is ecstatic to announce that we're hosting the fourth annual Social Impact Summit on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Barsema Alumni and Visitor’s Center at Northern Illinois University. Last year SIS drew over 220 attendees, who partook in powerful sessions from social entrepreneurs. If you want to get a good idea about what the SIS is all about, checkout our website at

Our Unreasonable Lineup

8:30-9:15am: Coffee and Pastries
Opening Remarks from CAUSE
9:15-10:00am: Keynote

Katie Hilborn is the founder and director of Global Orphan Prevention, an international nonprofit dedicated to keeping mothers and children together through social entrepreneurship, education, and a clean birthing program. Currently, she is working on a social entrepreneurship program to help eradicate child trafficking in Nepal. By investing in cash crops (chili and cardamom farming), her hope is that these income generating activities will help empower the marginalized indigenous populations.

Breakout Sessions Group 1 10:05am - 10:45am

Impact Investing Panel

Somya R. Munjal, CPA, MBA, MAS is the Chief Youth Servant at Youthful Savings - an education technology company that empowers the next generation with financial education and entrepreneurship training through curriculum, technology and community. 10 cents of every dollar earned is dedicated to youth investment. She's also the Managing Partner of CPA for the People, LLP and the Creative Director of Audacious Endeavors. She's a firm believer in education as an agent for change and developing the human spirit.

Joe Parisi is a Co-Founder of Guard Llama. Guard Llama was created to help prevent violent physical and sexual assaults. Co-founders Adam, Joe and Dominick developed this revolutionary security tool in response to a tragic campus attack during their time at Northern Illinois University. Although Guard Llama was originally designed for college students, it was soon realized that the personal security system could be beneficial for all individuals. From real estate agents to taxi drivers, students to runners, we provide an unparalleled level of personal protection for all walks of life. Guard Llama is a complete personal security solution. We arm our users with a handheld remote to immediately and discreetly send their emergency profile and GPS location to the nearest police dispatch center.

Eric Wasowicz currently is an Investor and Advisor with Channel Clarity LLC, an Advertising Technology company focused in the higher education and financial services verticals and an Investor and Advisor with NxtTeam, Inc. the largest provider of Oracle education in the United States. He is an advisor to Keyword First a Digital Marketing agency and TSI a management consulting and technology strategy company. He also teaches entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb.
Working In Developing Countries Panel

Katie Hilborn is the founder and director of Global Orphan Prevention, an international nonprofit dedicated to keeping mothers and children together through social entrepreneurship, education, and a clean birthing program. Currently, she is working on a social entrepreneurship program to help eradicate child trafficking in Nepal. By investing in cash crops (chili and cardamom farming), her hope is that these income generating activities will help empower the marginalized indigenous populations.

Kurt Thurmaier is a professor at Northern Illinois University. His research and teaching interests include budgetary decisionmaking at the local and state levels in the U.S. and other countries, comparative public administration (especially fiscal decentralization), intergovernmental relations, and e-government. His most recent work has focused on city-county consolidations and interlocal agreements among cities and counties, as well as financing state and local e-government. He has served as a consultant and researcher with ICMA, HIID, and several US local governments. He is a lifetime member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and has served as chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). He presently serves on the editorial board of Public Administration Review.

Rich Johnson is the Cofounder and CEO of Spark Ventures, an international nonprofit investing in sustainable solutions to lift communities out of poverty. Through Rich’s leadership, Spark Ventures has raised over $4M to-date to fund partners and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America piloting their thesis of business driven philanthropy. Inspired to start Spark after a 2006 trip to Zambia, Rich and Spark Ventures are championing the concept of impact travel, hosting more than 350 travelers from across the country on life-changing trips to experience and engage their work in person.

Technology In the Social Space

Abby Ross is the co-founder and COO of ThinkCERCA. She was the former Managing Partner of Blueye, VP of Business Development at Where I’ve Been (acquired by TripAdvisor), and an Emerging Media Strategist at DraftFCB and Anheuser-Busch. When she’s not busy formatting a spreadsheet or sketching wireframes, she loves talking about education, entrepreneurship, traveling, yoga, and puppies

Moria Hardek Founder and CEO of Galvanize Labs, a technology company focused on the STEM education space with their product, "Taken Charge". Moira’s love and determination for thinking outside the box started from a very young age. She has been surrounded by the startup culture for most of her life, thanks to her father’s work in several Silicon Valley startups. Moira has never been one for convention and has set out to change the rules of the game. Her particular passion for issues regarding women in technology is what set her on the path of technology education. Creating a youth technology education program from inside the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer was just the tip of the iceberg.

10:50-11:30am: Breakout Session Group 2
Our three powerful panels, Impact Investing, Working in Developing Countries, and Technology in the Social Space, will be offered once again to enable our guests to attend more than one panel that day.

11:30-12:00pm: Lunch and Networking

12:00-1:15pm Pitch With a CAUSE Competition
Pitch With a CAUSE is a competition for anyone who has an idea for a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact. The competition is open to anyone who's interested in making a submission-high schoolers, undergrads, grad students, non-students, retirees, kindergarteners, etc. Everyone is welcome. A panel of expert investors and social entrepreneurs will select the top 5 submissions to present at the Social Impact Summit on Friday, April 8th. Each group will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea followed up with 5 minutes of Q and A from the audience and panel of judges. The team selected as the winner at the 2015 Social Impact Summit will take home the $1,500 grand prize! Second place wins $1,000 and third place wins $500.

Closing Remarks from CAUSE

EntreAmigos NGO Summer Internship

Entreamigos logo


Interested in interning this summer with a school and community support organization in Mexico that incorporates various environmental initiatives into its activities? Entreamigos ("Between Friends") in San Pancho, an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, provides such internship opportunities!

Entreamigos strives to achieve its mission to increase learning opportunities for children and families through the implementation of educational programs based on principles of integration and collective community action. The vision of Entreamigos is to provide the children and families of San Pancho with the skills needed to contribute to their changing communities in a positive way.

For more information about Entreamigos visit or contact Professor Brendon Swedlow at


We expect students to cover all of their own housing, food and other expenses.  The airport to fly into is Puerto Vallarta (PVR), it is an hour from the center, we can help pick students up and bring them in.  If we are unavailable, we can hire a local taxi for 40usd to pick them up.

We do have volunteer housing available to students that it similar to staying in a hostel, with shared bathrooms and shared kitchen.  This housing must be reserved in advance. Food can be inexpensive if you eat locally and are happy to have tacos for dinner.  There is not a whole lot to spend money on in San Pancho and that is one of the unexpected consequences of the experience....  the recognition that living simply is actually pretty cool. 

I would tell students that they need to have approximately 500usd/month to cover all of their costs for shared housing, food and excursions.  They don't need a car as the town is small and they can walk or bike everywhere.   They do need to be prepared for heat and humidity, some mosquitoes and a lot of fresh delicious mangoes! 

If they would like to have air conditioning or individual housing, we can help them find it.  Prices vary widely depending on length of stay, location and amenities.  

Friday, March 25, 2016


2 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) for the summer of 2016.

The REU students will design and conduct studies that contribute to the larger Coastal Waters Consortium ( collaborative effort studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana salt marshes and coastal environments. Over the past 4+ years CWC researchers have been studying the impacts of the spill at paired oiled-unoiled marshes across the southeastern Louisiana coast. The REU students will be expected to work with a team of researchers (under the supervision of Dr. Brian Roberts ( and/or Dr. Nancy Rabalais to develop studies which address aspects of the larger effort.

We are particularly interested in students interested in conducting projects on wetland biogeochemistry, plant ecology, microbial ecology, sediment microalgae and/or subtidal benthos.
The REU students will be involved in both the field and laboratory components of their project as well as a variety of related projects and experiments being conducted by other LUMCON and CWC researchers.

Candidates must be available for a ten week period beginning in early June 2016. We will provide a $500/week stipend, room and board at the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA (, and support for their research.

The ideal candidate should be interested in pursuing a career in ecology or biogeochemistry, creative, hard-working, detail orientated, dedicated, and comfortable working as part of research team. Experience with field or laboratory research in these areas in a plus but not necessary.
Background or at least one course in ecology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, or environmental science is required.
To be eligible you must be returning to an undergraduate degree program in the fall (e.g., if you will graduate in May or June, you are NOT eligible).

Application deadline: April 1st 2016.
Applications should include: copy of unofficial transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV/resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and any previous research experience.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Brian Roberts at with “2016 REU application” in the subject line. Please contact Professor Nicholas Barber if you have any questions.

Anthropology Research Assistantship

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Invasive Mammal Eradication Research, Holly Jones

Global Conservation Research May Play a Big Role in Reducing Extinction Rates
New Zealand storm-petrel

Assistant Professor Holly Jones is the lead author of the study, "Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains," which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. The study examined how native species responded to projects that eradicated invasive mammals from islands. Researchers found 596 populations of 236 native species on 181 islands benefited from these eradications. It was concluded that continued investment in invasive mammal eradications on islands offers a highly effective opportunity to stem the loss of our world’s biodiversity. Check out featuring articles in the NIU Newsroom, LA Times, Newsweek, NZ Public radio!, Take Part, IFL Science, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel!

EPA Internship, Chicago

To apply students must email
This email address is monitored closely by the Region 5 office.

Due to the high volume of emails received, not all applicants will receive a response.

If students want credit for their internship, they must see the internship coordinator, Jack King, before they begin their internship. 
Jack King
Internship Coordinator

Zulauf Hall 802

Study Aboard or ENVS 450 Credit: SUMMER 2016 INTENSIVE WORKSHOP




WHEN: JULY 25 – 31, 2016  [July 24, August 1st arrival/departure travel days]
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2016 [ details under "how to apply" ]
COST: USD-$1,250    [ Early Bird Discount for Registrants Before March 31, 2016 ]

Monday, March 14, 2016

I-Lab Accelerator

The Idea-Innovation-Impact Lab (I-Lab) Accelerator Program at NIU:
Seeking Student Participants

The Idea, Innovation, Impact lab (I-Lab) is a 16-week program, which includes workshops on creativity, social impact, design, engineering, and innovation.  In this start-up accelerator, students work in multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial teams to develop an innovative technology to solve a social problem.  We are currently seeking student applicants for the fall semester.

The course will be taught as a series of workshops that will include both required topics and on-demand topics, or those that relate to a particular team and innovation. Each team will receive between $500-1000 to support market research prototype development.  The I-Lab allows students to engage in the entrepreneurial process from opportunity identification to the launch of a new venture. Students will be exposed to entrepreneurial tools to help them create an innovative product, produce a prototype and develop a sound business model which incorporates and measures the financial, social and environmental impact (e.g., the double or triple bottom line). At the program’s conclusion, the I-Lab will host a “Demo Day” where E-teams will pitch their final product ideas to community members and potential investors.

The I-lab is open to all NIU students, undergraduate or graduate, with a passion and desire to make a positive impact on a pressing world problem. Students may enter the program as already formed E-teams, or as individuals looking to join a team. Students will have the option of taking the I-Lab Accelerator Program for up to 6 hours of course credit.

The I-Lab will be housed in the new NIU Incubator, a 10,485 square feet space located in the University Libraries main building, to be launched in September 2016. The space will contain a mix of open seating areas that allow for casual group discussions or serendipitous encounters, smaller “office” space for private strategy and planning meetings, and conference areas available for more formal group discussions and presentations. There will be dedicated space for the I-Lab Accelerator, including office space and conference rooms to allow student teams to collaborate and engage with faculty and mentors.

For more information about the program or how to apply, contact Christine Mooney at or 815-753-6308.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Paid Research Position Nachusa

EPA Internship Chicago

Interested in gaining experience with the EPA? 

The EPA is seeking a college intern for their Chicago office. The program is only open to current students and the internship is unpaid. Interested students should submit their resume to

Monday, March 7, 2016

Discussion: Why Science Matters

Why should science matter to our presidential candidates? As you’ll see in the accompanying video, Northern Illinois University students and faculty have strong and varied opinions. The video lacks opinions from members of geology and the environmental sciences. Please voice your opinion here! Discussion has been cross posted on Linkedin:

Ecological Restoration Assistant/ Internship

For questions contact: Mike Brien, or 815-222-6681.