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Darien Civic Engagement Project

Experience Politics

The Eagleton Institute of Politics and Department of Political Science invite students for Spring 2018 to apply for the Darien Civic Engagement Project (DCEP) – an exciting opportunity to put your interest in politics into action on the Rutgers campus and local communities.

Participation Requirements:

DCEP is offered in the Fall and in the Spring. For the upcoming Spring semester, students will register for a 1.5 credit Topics in Political Science course (790:251). DCEP 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 equip and encourage young people in New Brunswick schools to become active citizens.

In conjunction with their coursework, DCEP students will meet together weekly, help create their own civic engagement workshop and implement it in classrooms in New Brunswick High School ;p participate in administering RU Ready’s “Young Leaders Conference” for a selection of high school students ; 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 2018 experience!


  • Assisting with RU Ready to teach civic engagement training in New Brunswick High School
  • 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 Graduates)
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Successful applicants register for 790:251, Section 1. Topics in Political Science: Citizenship and Civic Engagement (1.5 credits)


Application Process: 

Check out some of the projects made by Darien students:
Fall 2017 Projects

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