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Darien Civic Engagement Project

Experience Politics

 Eagleton Institute of Politics invite students to apply for the Spring 2019 Darien Civic Engagement Project – an exciting opportunity to put your interest in politics into action on the Rutgers campus.
Participation Requirements:

The Darien Civic Engagement Project is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. For the upcoming Spring semester, students will register for a 1.5 credit Topics in Political Science course (790:251). Enrolled students will work together with Dr. Elizabeth Matto of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and CYPP staff on RU Ready – a civic education initiative designed to provide students with the motivation and the civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community.

In conjunction with their coursework, DCEP students will meet together weekly, work directly with local high school students and administer interactive sessions, and research youth voter turn-out rates and participate in a public presentation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at the end of the semester.

If taken in conjunction with an additional 1.5-credit political science course, such as Reading Social Science Research (790:254), these credits will count as political science elective credits.


We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 experience!


  • Assisting with RU Ready to explore the strengths of their generation, the relevance of politics in their lives, and the various methods of civic and political engagement available to them.
  • Networking opportunities
  • Interacting with professors and politically engaged students to explore politics
  • Opportunities to participate in special events and great food!


  • Open to students of all majors, all schools and all class years (Undergraduates and Graduate students)
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Successful applicants must register for 790:251:Special Topics in Political Science: Teaching Citizenship (1.5 credits)
  • Application Deadline is January 25, 2019


Application Process: 

  • To access the Spring 2019 application, download it here. For more information about the program please contact Jessica Ronan at

Check out some of the projects made by Darien students:
Fall 2018 Projects

A special thank you to:
The Darien Fund for the U.S. Constitution, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement