Global Engagement Summit

Global Engagement Summit


The Global Engagement Summit (GES), founded by Northwestern students in 2005, is completely student-organized and student-run by a team of 70-80 undergraduates. The Summit is a week-long conference held every April at Northwestern University. Delegates from around the world arrive with change-based projects that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability. If their project is in the ideas phase, we help them make their plan a reality. If it's already up and coming, we help them become more impactful.

Delegates leave the Summit with tangible skills and newly learned strategies to improve their project and create change in the most effective way possible. Past projects include a creative arts education center in Cambodia, a marketing NGO for small businesses in Egypt and an organization that connect local food pantries with college dining halls to minimize food waste in the U.S.

The Summit offers a wide variety of capacity-building programs ranging from hands-on workshops to individualized mentoring sessions. Because projects brought to GES can be anywhere in the development process and tackle a host of different types of social challenges, Summit programming is customizable to each delegate. Once accepted, delegates will apply for and be placed in workshops relevant to their specific project and the goals they wish to accomplish.

Basic Information

Opportunity Type: 

  • Student group, Other

Opportunity Type (Other): 


Opportunity Timeframe: 

  • Northwestern Spring Quarter

Opportunity Start Year: 


Opportunity Regions: 

  • North America

Location Map: 

Requirements & Prerequisites


  • Undergraduate Students

Participants (Other): 

Professionals in the social change field.

Language Requirement: 


Academic Information

Course Credit Availability: 

  • Yes

Financial Information

Funding Availability: 

  • Yes

Contact Information

Wildcard Group

Northwestern Run Opportunity: 

Global Opportunity: 

Elective Topic: