Darien Civic Engagement Project

Experience Politics

For the upcoming spring 2024 semester, students can register for the 1.5 credit 790:251:Topics in Political Science: Darien Civic Engagement Project. Enrolled students will work together with the Eagleton Institute of Politics and CYPP staff on RU Ready, a civic education initiative, aimed at providing high school 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, Darien students will meet in-person at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Monday from 10:20AM to 11:40PM, to discuss and implement the best practices of encouraging young adults to increase their civic engagement.

Students may count TWO 1.5 credit classes toward the elective requirement of the political science major or minor.  For the major, 250 and 251, or 250 and 253 (Topics in Political Science) can combine to satisfy one of the requirements in R7.  Alternatively they can combine to satisfy one course requirement for the minor.

Special Note: All enrolled students must participate in-person Civics Fairs in New Jersey high schools. Students must pass background checks and fingerprinting before the start of the spring semester. Students must enroll in Special Topics in Political Science 790:251 to participate in the program.

Applications for the spring program have closed. Applications for the fall program will open in March 2024.


  • Implement civic education workshops for high school students
  • Develop leadership & presentation skills
  • Research civic education practices in the US
  • Work with faculty and high school students in a meaningful way
  • Earn 1.5 credits from successful completion


  • Current Rutgers University undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Eager to engage in-person with current Rutgers University-New Brunswick students on the importance of elections
  • Detail-orientated and responsible attitude
  • Ability to participate in voter registration and mobilization events across the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus

Civil Discourse Expectations

Classes, programs and other events convened by the Eagleton Institute of Politics are premised on the belief that, in order for our democracy to work, we need to be able to talk to each other. Students and other program participants are expected to engage in open and civil discourse, recognizing that meaningful exchange of ideas from different perspectives requires reasoned deliberation based on shared facts and conducted with respect and curiosity, and with affirmation of the humanity of all people irrespective of their historic marginalization, identity or socioeconomic status. In addition, like all Rutgers students, students at Eagleton are expected to comply with the Rutgers University Code of Conduct.

Students exhibiting behavior in class or online that conflicts with the Civil Discourse Expectations of the Eagleton Institute of Politics or with relevant sections of the University Student Code of Conduct may be removed from a class, given a failing grade for the course and/or terminated from the Darien Civic Engagement.

Application Process

Applications for the fall class of the Darien Civic Engagement Project have closed.  

For more information about the program, please contact Sophia Alexis at Sophia.alexis@eagleton.rutgers.edu.

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

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