Northeastern University: Center of Community Services


The Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students or NU|ACES is an opportunity to engage deeply and meaningfully in the greater Boston community. First-year students arrive at Northeastern a week early for NU|ACES Welcome Week, an intensive team-based adventure where they learn about their new campus and neighborhood through service.  After a fun and action-packed week full of mini-service projects, workshops, networking activities, and group reflections students are prepared to commit to a year-long partnership with a local community nonprofit organization. NU|ACES participants work together as an alliance of passionate, caring and civic-minded individuals. This program will help them develop their leadership skills and become change agents during and after their time at Northeastern.

Commitment & Benefits

NU|ACES Welcome Week – The Welcome Week runs from Monday-Friday the week before the Fall Semester begins. Students will be able to move into their fall housing the weekend prior to the program’s start. Students will be placed on teams of 10, with 8 incoming first-year students serving alongside 2 upper-class Team Leaders. In their teams, students will participate in a program orientation, community tours, panels, workshops, and mini service projects. NU|ACES Welcome Week days are full days, and students must be available to participate fully in the program.

NU|ACES Academic Year – Students who join NU|ACES commit to establishing and building a relationship with a local community organization for a full academic year. Students will be asked to attend their site weekly for approximately two to four hours per week from September -April. By working with the same site for a full year, students are able to develop a strong relationship with their partner and gain a better understanding of the strengths and needs of their community.  Examples of weekly community service include:

  • Tutoring elementary school children at a local Boys & Girls Club
  • Clearing trails and removing invasive plants at a local park
  • Preparing and packaging meals at a community food pantry

In addition, participants will be a part of a unique campus community offering numerous professional development and social activities including:

  • Monthly ACES Club meetings on Sunday evening with groups comprised of fellow ACES first-year students and upper-class Peer Mentors. These meetings provide time to reflect on service, learn about Boston’s neighborhoods, and receive important program information.
  • Resume workshops & networking events
  • Free or low-cost group events and trips throughout the greater Boston area
  • Full or partial scholarships for an Alternative Spring Break trip
  • A community of like-minded individuals committed to social change


How to Apply

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