North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your history or social science education.

  • take advantage of internship opportunities at local historical institutions, such as Naper Settlement, DuPage County Historical Museum, Downers Grove Historical Society and the Newberry Library
  • spend a term (or more) in England, China/Japan, Costa Rica, or virtually any other country that you’re interested in
  • enroll in the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C.
  • apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship, which provides many North Central College students with grants of up to $5000 to fund individualized research projects, including the cost of overseas travel and living expenses

Top graduates in the program will be awarded lifetime memberships in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society

Whatever your goals, we’ll help you find a way to reach them!

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T.J. Birkel, history

Until his senior year of high school, T.J. Birkel knew nothing of politics, save for watching the president throw out the opening day first pitch. “I didn’t even know the difference between the left and right,” he says. T.J. became riveted to the electoral process in the aftermath of the Bush/Gore 2000 controversy. He majored in history and enrolled in the Washington Semester program at American University. As a congressional intern, he led tours of the capitol and attended hearings. “Half-way through my time in D.C., I said, ‘I’ve got to come back.’” Birkel interviewed with Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel’s office and started work a couple weeks after graduation.