Undergraduate Education

Eagleton helps Rutgers University undergraduate students link the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. Students learn about how American politics and government work and change and build practical skills for political engagement.

About Eagleton Undergraduate Education Programs

Eagleton offers a variety of programs for Rutgers undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the day-to-day practice of politics. From curricular programs, to research opportunities, internships, and leadership training—there are many ways undergraduate students can get involved.

Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program

Eagleton Undergraduate Associates learn about real-world politics and government from experienced practitioners and faculty. Rutgers University juniors from any school or major are eligible to apply for this selective three-semester certificate program. Apply for the 2025-2026 cohort starting in early September 2024.


Courses taught at Eagleton

Spring 2024

Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (790:292:01-08842)

Darien Civic Engagement Project
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (790:251:01-08836)

Process of Politics 
10:20am – 1:20pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (790:429:01-18751)

Practice of Politics
10:20am – 1:20pm
Instructor: Saladin Ambar
Course number: (790:428:01-08892)

Research in Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 1:20pm
Carriage House
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (790:484:03-08901)

Women and American Politics
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Instructor: Amy Benner
Course number: (790:335:01-18091)

Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (790:292:01-08842)

Critical Thinking and Writing for Intelligence Community
Instructor: Elie Honig
Course number: (790:483:03-08898)

More Ways to Study Politics

Aresty Research Assistant Program
Eagleton faculty regularly work with undergraduate students through the Rutgers University Aresty Research Assistant Program.

Attend an Event
The Eagleton Institute presents an annual event series designed to promote civil discourse that celebrates democracy, respects politics, and encourages civic engagement.

Darien Civic Engagement Project
Undergraduate students earn Political Science course credits and gain practical experience in civic education as well as voter registration, education, and mobilization.

First Year Interest Groups (FIGS)
First Year Interest Group seminars are available in a wide variety of topic areas to incoming Rutgers students. Peer Instructors: to schedule an information session with Eagleton faculty and staff, contact Sarah Kozak at

NEW Leadership®
NEW Leadership® is CAWP’s national initiative to educate and empower the next generation of women leaders. NEW Leadership® teaches college women the value of civic engagement and encourages them to see themselves as empowered leaders who can effectively participate in politics and public policy.

Ready to Run®
Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office. Rutgers students can apply for a scholarship to attend.

RU Ready
A civic engagement initiative, Rutgers undergraduates work with local high school students to build civic, political, and expressive skills needed to address public problems in their communities.

RU Voting
A non-partisan effort, RU Voting encourages Rutgers students to pay attention to politics, register to vote, and turn out on Election Day.

RU Running
A training program for politically interested college students considering running for public office or interested in working on a campaign.

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $6,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.

Young Elected Leaders Project
Launched in 2002 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office.