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Global Engagement at the Buffett Institute

The Institute has built a nationally recognized complement of programs designed to forge the leadership skills of students who are passionate about addressing global problems including poverty, human rights, and health.

Undergraduate Affiliate Program

The Undergraduate Affiliate Program recognizes the contribution of undergraduate students to the Buffett Institute by inviting them into a vibrant community of students and alums with interest in global issues. Want to know more? Learn about why a few of our affiliates joined the community.

GESI Study Abroad

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) prepares undergraduates with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to confront shared global challenges. Learn about this service-learning study abroad program.

Career Development

Through a variety of programs, students explore job and internship opportunities, and develop their skills to pursue meaningful careers. Explore career development resources, including the Global Engagement Fellows Program.

Grants and Funding

Learn about the Davis Projects for Peace social action fellowship, our partnership with the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) to offer grants for international internships, Undergraduate Conference Travel Grants, and the Supplemental Undergraduate Grants.

Through the GESI Community-Based Research (CBR) Fellows program, alums of the GESI program sustain engagement with GESI host communities and assess community impact as a result of student collaboration.

Student Group Support

The Buffett Institute promotes undergraduate leadership at Northwestern and in a global context. Many student groups and programs were founded as undergraduate initiatives through the encouragement, mentoring, and support of the Buffett Institute. Find our affiliated student groups or create a new group.

Lectures and Events

We organize and co-sponsor 100+ public talks on global development, human rights, foreign policy, and other international topics each year. View our speaker series.