North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Take advantage of some of the many opportunities to enrich your education outside the classroom! Below are some examples; follow the links for more information.


  • Gain "real-world" experience through an Internship

Many physics & engineering students work part-time in the Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program at Argonne National Laboratory. Co-op students work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and often work full-time during summer and break periods.

Aaron Feaver, a 3-2 engineer, received a Richter Fellowship to carry out a study of his own design on traffic safety programs in Nitra, Slovakia and Naperville. The fellowship paid for his travel, living, and research expenses. He also received academic credit for his project.

Brendan Wischweh took advanced chemistry and physics courses while studying at Leicester University in England. Other recent physics and engineering students have studied at Macquarie University in Australia and Dundee University in Scotland.

Physics major Bhavini Shah spent a summer at Argonne National Laboratory carrying out quantum mechanical calculations to determine the structures and energies of the small atmospheric molecules HnNO and HnNO+ (n = 1, 2, 3). She presented her research at North Central’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Students are also encouraged to present their research at the annual Argonne Symposium and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Be a co-op student at Argonne National Laboratory

Ida Sefer prepares a niobium part for a superconducting cavity on the ATLAS accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory. Ida took advantage of Argonne's co-op program to work part-time in an Argonne research laboratory in addition to being a full-time student at North Central.