Darien Civic Engagement Project

Experience Politics

For the upcoming spring 2023 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 Dr. Elizabeth Matto of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and CYPP staff on RU Ready, a nonpartisan civic education program providing students with the motivation and civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community.

In conjunction with their coursework, Darien students will meet on Mondays from 10:20AM to 11:40PM to discuss and implement the best practices of encouraging young people to vote in elections.

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.

Special Note: All enrolled students must participate in-person opportunities with students from area high schools, therefore students must undergo background check and fingerprinting through the NJ Department of Education. All students must enroll in 790:251: Topics in Political Science.

Applications for the program are closed. Check back in mid-March for fall cohort information.


  • Assisting with RU Ready’s implementation in area high schools and on campus conference activities
  • Develop leadership and presentation skills
  • Gain research skills on civic education rates in the United States
  • Opportunities to participate in special events!


  • Open to students of all majors, schools, and class years
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Eager to engage with K-12 students in a classroom setting
  • Detail-orientated and responsible attitude
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups a plus

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

Interested applicants must submit their resume as a PDF and completed application form by Monday November 7, 2022 at 5:00PM. Applications are closed; check back in mid-March for information on the fall cohort.

For more information about the program, please contact Jessica Ronan at jronan@eagleton.rutgers.edu

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

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