IGNITE! connects students to local companies, start-ups and non-profit organizations for paid, professional positions during the academic year.  IGNITE! students work up to 20 hours a week for a minimum of $10 per hour with an IGNITE! company.     



Through IGNITE!, DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation member companies, local start-ups and/or local non-profit organizations hire NIU College of Business students to assist with professional tasks and projects during the school year. Hiring organizations pay just a fraction of the student salary for 32 weeks of part-time help, with employment ending at the end of the spring semester.  Organizations must submit a proposal and be selected to participate.  Up to five organizations will be selected annually.


Upcoming Dates

March 22,, 2019 – Positions proposals due from hiring organizations go.niu.edu/ignite

April 5, 2019 – IGNITE! Student Information Session

April 8, 2019 – IGNITE! Job Fair and Pitch Session