Civic Engagement Opportunities

For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  You will need to do three separate volunteer activities.  Civic engagement activities include:  attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings; attending public hearings; or working on a political campaign or project.

Special Opportunity:

The City of Marquette is accepting applications from NMU students interested in working in the polls during the 2020 Presidential Election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 3. This position is paid, and Election Inspectors generally work from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Election Day; the work day will include time for lunch and dinner breaks, and the Clerk's Office is willing to work around class or work schedules as needed.

Inspectors may be asked to:

  • Prepare the precinct location for the opening of polls
  • Greet and process voters using appropriate procedures
  • Maintain accurate records throughout the day
  • Help with organization and voter assistance throughout the day
  • Perform poll-closing tasks, as well as recordkeeping and verification procedures


  • Must be registered to vote in the State of Michigan.
  • Must attend a two-hour training (this time is paid if you work the election) in order to be eligible to work as an Election Inspector. These training sessions may be held remotely, and are typically scheduled for the week prior to the election. 

The rate of pay is $10.20/hour.  Please contact Kyle Whitney, Deputy City Clerk for the City of Marquette, at 906-225-8667.

NMU Opportunities:

  • Academic Senate:  Meets at 3:05 p.m. on Zoom every other Tuesday (Oct. 20 & Nov. 3). The link to the Zoom meeting is on the Senate's homepage. The Zoom password is "Wildcats". 
  • ASNMU Meetings (student government):  virtually on Fridays at 6 p.m.  Please contact Chair of Assembly, Kylie Lanser ( if you would like to get sent the link. 
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  check back in the fall.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Democrats" or e-mail  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  check back in the fall.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Republicans".
  • Marquette Ending Hunger* and the Food Recovery Network:  check back in the fall.  To find out more, check out their Facebook page at "Marquette Ending Hunger," which is a great source for updates about meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.  If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send an e-mail to  
  • NMU Board of Trustees:  Meets on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, Dec. 11 – 8:00 a.m.  Students can stream the meetings at the following link:  

    The meetings will be livestreamed in Ballroom II of the Northern Center if people wish to attend in person.  Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

  • Social Justice Committee:  Their goal is to create awareness and action in the Northern community.  We create educational events, promotions, and talks centered on how the criminal justice system interacts with issues of social justice.  Check for meeting/community/event updates on their Facebook page at "NMU Social Justice Committee."

  • Student Finance Committee:  If you would like to watch a budget hearing on Mondays at 5 p.m. (they aren't scheduled every week), send an email to and you will get a meeting link. 

*Attend a meeting to find out about civic engagement opportunities.  The meeting itself will not count towards civic engagement, but any events will count towards civic engagement.

City of Marquette Opportunities:

City of Ishpeming Opportunity:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming City Hall's Upstairs Conference Room.   

Election Opportunities:

  • Marquette County Democratic Party, 1021 W. Washington St., 906-226-3366 - The Marquette County Democratic Party is seeking students to join a grassroots organization of interns and volunteers. Hours are entirely flexible and there is no minimum commitment per week required. We work every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., including weekends. Much of the work can be done on campus or in the area just around campus. Leadership opportunities are also available.  For more information, please contact Meredith Rahn-Oakes at 718-702-7120.
  • Marquette County Republican Party, 1200 Wright St. (corner of Lincoln and Wright Street). Contact Curtis Salamino at 517-574-2611 for opportunities.

Community Opportunities:

  • Gwinn Community Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Nov. 23, Dec. 21, Jan. 18) of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gwinn Middle/High School Library
  • Ishpeming Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Nov. 16, Dec. 21) of each month at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on Mondays (Nov. 16, Dec. 14) of each month at 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools Parent Advisory Committee:  Are held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Boardroom, 1201 West Fair Avenue
  • Negaunee Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Nov. 16, Dec. 21) of each month at 7 p.m. in the Negaunee High School Library
  • NICE Community Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Nov. 16, Dec. 14) of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Westwood High School Media Center.
  • Room at the Inn:  Are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. office, 347 Rock St., Marquette.

Court Cases:

  • Circuit Court Bailiff:  Call 906-225-8209 to find out about the circuit judges' schedules
  • District Court:  Call 906-225-8235 to find out about their schedule
  • Probate Court:  Call 906-225-8300 to find out about their schedule

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