DEKALB, ILL – June 15, 2020 -- The Northern Illinois University College of Business and DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) are accepting proposals for IGNITE!, a joint program providing a structure and funding for DCEDC member companies, northern Illinois start-ups and non-profits to connect with and employ NIU Business students part-time. The initial employment period will be the fall 2020 semester with the possibility of extending to the spring 2021 semester.
Successful proposals will define part-time (no more than 20 hours per week) positions. Positions must include clear goals, defined professional responsibilities, projects and developmental opportunities, and general expectations. Proposals must also describe the work environment and safety precautions that will be taken to prevent COVID-19 exposure. Proposals should be submitted online at go.niu.edu/ignite by July 15, 2020.
After the deadline, a committee will choose five proposals from DCEDC members companies, local start-ups for funding. Selected organizations will assist in promoting their opportunity to students virtually through information sessions and the NIU job board in August 2020. The selected organizations will be responsible for interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training and managing the student. The initial period of employment is August 24, 2020 – December 15, 2020. Students will be paid $10 per hour. Of that, the NIU College of Business will subsidize $9.25 per hour with employers covering the remaining $0.75 per hour.
The NIU College of Business has over 2,000 undergraduate students studying Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management & Information Systems. Over seventy-five percent of NIU Business students live in DeKalb County during the school year and nearly sixty percent work anywhere from one to 40 hours a week. Many of these students are eager to find part-time jobs that will contribute significanlty to their professional growth.
Past ignite partners include Kishwaukee College, LiteracyPlanet, The Egyptian Theatre, Production Cutting Services, The Illinois Business Innovation Association, OC Creative, DeKalb Park District, Auto Meter, Nenni and Associates and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation.
Founded in 1961, the Northern Illinois University College of Business has a distinguished tradition of transforming lives while preparing its graduates for long-term success in their careers and communities. NIU Business is fully committed to providing a student-centered education, one that is both innovative and relevant to the rapidly changing digital, global economy. Well-known for its entrepreneurial mindset, the college continues to earn accolades from leading publications and organizations for its ability to cross boundaries in the areas of knowledge generation, teaching and learning. The college and its various programs have been nationally ranked each year, most notably building on more than 30 years of national prestige as determined by U.S. News & World Report. Additional long-standing ranking citations for the college include those from BusinessWeek, CEO Magazine, Poets & Quants, and College Choice among other rankings. Today, the college proudly counts more than 60,000 of its graduates as alumni, many in C-suite executive positions in companies of all sizes, both in the Chicago metropolitan area and around the world. The school’s ongoing commitment to transform lives by crossing the boundaries of discovery and learning is further evidenced by its long-standing active executive advisory boards in every major, its expanding global presence and many partnerships in the greater Chicago region as well as globally, its 200-plus executive guest lecturers each semester, and its growing portfolio of experiential learning opportunities with businesses in the technology, information technology, engineering, financial services, and healthcare industries, as well as with NGOs and organizations in the non-profit space.