Global Engagement Fellows Program

We have paused this program while we conduct a review of our funding. 

As part of the Buffett Institute’s commitment to helping students pursue meaningful careers, we offer this pre-professional program to develop skills for the social change workplace. The Buffett Institute’s global engagement fellows assist Institute staff with the implementation of its global engagement programs and support the Institute through office administration, publicity, and outreach. 

Global engagement fellows serve as co-coordinators of specific programs, providing leadership in the development of the Institute’s undergraduate programming and play a direct role in shaping the operation of these initiatives. 

What will you gain?

In addition to gaining professional experience in a unique, team-based and student-driven office environment, Fellows will also take part in a customized curriculum of career support based on their particular job interests in the social change workplace. They will:

  • Explore a wide range of skills employers seek in job applicants as well as general information and capacity building for students interested in launching their own ideas on-campus.
  • Advise the Buffett Institute in setting the programming agenda for the academic year, with a leadership role in coordinating specific events or initiatives related to issues they care about.
  • Build community through student-driven initiatives and develop opportunities for supporting one another in realizing their commitments to global change.

Through this program, Buffett Institute fellows will have the chance to:

  • Interact with various professional communities
  • Build relationships and get critical job information
  • Develop communication skills and explore avenues for professionalization
  • Discuss ways to navigate the non-profit and social change fields
  • Explore opportunities for initiating and organizing social change projects or events
  • Meet, learn from, and collaborate with a community of like-minded students, faculty, and staff


  • Must be a Northwestern University student
  • Federal Work-Study allotment for the academic year preferred but not required
  • Willingness to use their own laptop; experience Google and MS Word products

  • Typing and customer service skills

  • Knowledge of experiential and co-curricular learning/activities, social justice, and global issues 

  • Excellent ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups

  • Self-directed and motivated

  • Preferred: Knowledge of campus and Evanston community

Questions? Please contact Emory Erker-Lynch at