North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your political science education.

Mock Trial — Argue a criminal or civil case and compete against major college and university teams in the American Mock Trial Association. Work with local lawyers, judges, medical examiners, crime scene investigators and crash collision professionals.

Model United Nations — Select, travel to and represent a country in competition with students from major colleges and universities in a simulation that reflects current issues before the United Nations. As a team, learn about the politics, government, economics and culture of another country, and play the role of a diplomat. Each year the team travels to the selected country for first-hand research!

Internships — Studentsare encouraged to complete one or more internships in order to better understand the link between political science theory and applied politics. In the past five years, NCC political science majors have interned at the following locations:

  • The White House
  • District office of U.S. Speaker of the House
  • District office of members of the U.S. Congress (House and Senate)
  • Political campaigns (U.S. president, Congress, IL governor, IL state legislature)
  • DuPage County (IL) Democratic Organization
  • DuPage County (IL) public defender's office
  • law firms
  • World Relief Aurora

Washington Semester Program — Study politics, economics, law, foreign policy and journalism in Washington, D.C. Participate in seminars with White House staff, justices of the Supreme Court and members of Congress.

Field trips — Join classmates at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations to hear world leaders; spend a day at the county courthouse with meeting with lawyers and judges, observing a trial, or lobbying at the state legislature to pass tougher drunk driving laws.

Study abroad — Join North Central classmates in our Costa Rica, London and Japan/China programs, or participate in an international exchange program.

Independent research — Create a research topic and apply to obtain a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund travel and project development.