The CFS program is open to:

  • Undergraduate students in all Northwestern schools and majors
  • International and exchange students
  • PhD candidates who wish to participate in CFS 495-0 

In order to be eligible to participate in CFS you must:

  • Be in your Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year (Freshmen are eligible to participate in the summer quarter between freshman and sophomore year)
  • Have attended an information session within the last 6 months
  • Be prepared to provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor that is familiar with your work if your GPA is 2.99 or below
  • Apply and be accepted into the program
  • Be ready to dedicate the time and effort required for a successful internship search
  • Want to participate in one of our small (16 person) seminar classes
  • Have the ability to devote most of your time, both academic and extracurricular, to your CFS class and to an internship experience for one quarter

If you are an international student, you must

If you are studying abroad the quarter before you wish to participate in CFS or during the application period, you will need to:

  • Attend an information session either prior to going or while abroad.  See information sessions for students who are abroad
  • Be available to CFS and employers by phone and e-mail, and potentially by Skype while you are abroad 

Admission is through application only. All applicants are required to attend a CFS Information Session before submitting an application.

Although it is unusual to do so, recent graduates are able to participate in the CFS program by being enrolled as a student through the School of Continuing Studies.

Please note:  All schools have policies regarding how many internship program credits can count toward your degree.

Information for WCAS students on internships for credit:

Graduate Students:

PhD candidates may apply for the Graduate Engagement Opportunity Community Practicum Program which is a collaborative effort between Chicago Field Studies and The Center for Civic Engagement.

If you have any other questions concerning your eligibility, please contact us at cfs@northwestern.edu or 847-467-0605