Student Interest Groups

What is a Student Interest Group?

A Student Interest Group, or SIG, is a group of students who have agreed to come together around a specific topic of interest. SIGs are not recognized as official student clubs by the student government body at Northeastern University. They are student groups that are started and ratified on the campuses of San Francisco and/or San Jose. The Student Services office will keep a list of all currently ratified SIGs and their Officers.

Active Student Interest Groups

Public Interest Tech Group

Developer Student Club

Students from all disciplines come together to build real-world solutions for real-world problems. This is a Google outreach initiative to students all over but it is an open community for all. You have the chance to expand your networks with Global DSC comrades and Googlers, direct access to Google related resources such as free certification courses, free credits to Google technologies, learn from Google Experts and workshops they host, hackathons, and simply build awesome things with the support of Google.

Contact Info: Khushbu Akshay Chauhan, 

The Product Folks

The Product Folks is a volunteer-driven community of Product Managers and enthusiasts who are passionate about making an impact and helping everyone grow together. Become a part of the world’s most passionate product management community to learn, grow and evolve as a great product manager. 
Contact: Allen Sebastian 

Public Interest Technology Group

The Public Interest Technology Group is a forum for NU SFBA students to engage in conversations, academic inquiries, and experiential learning opportunities at the intersection of technology and society. We aim to improve the experience of all NU SFBA students by encouraging students to engage with questions about the way their work impacts the members and institutions of society, especially in the context of inequality, public policy, and social justice.

Contact Info: Bobby Zipp, Lead Coordinator,



Womxn Empowering Womxn – Ourmission is to support NU womxn(students, staff, faculty) by providing asafe, encouraging and useful space andplatform for womxn to share ideas,teach one another and develop theirskills across different disciplines.

Included Engagement Opportunities

  • Read-Hers Book Club: exclusive monthly bookclub where we will read and discuss meaningful,empowering and womxn-in-tech related books and novels. 
  • Develop-Her Hour: a short re-ocurring workshop to teach other womxn how to create a useful project that wecan then add to our portfolio.
  • Ask-Her Hour: specific hours to get help in understanding certain topics that you might be unsure of. 

And so much more!

Contact Semaa Amin ( to join or join our Discord server.

Black Engineering Student Society (BESS)

We are a Student Interest Group that promotes the interests of Black and Brown students in tech through social, networking, and career advancement events. Our mission is to help increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

We aim to provide:

  • Inclusive space for Black and Brown Students
  • Guest speakers in STEM professions.
  • Information on conferences where you can network with fellow Black students and professionals in tech.
  • Information and resources on Black and underrepresented-based societies, fellowships, and internships.
  • Topics and discussions on Black culture.
  • Retention programs for Black and underrepresented students.
  • Hackathons and other opportunities for collaborations and networking.

All are welcome!

Contact Info: Bernard Ekezie,

What are the requirements to start a SIG?

SIGs must be open to all Northeastern students who are interested in the topic, and may not be restricted by college enrollment, social identity, etc. Before starting a new SIG, please confirm that one does not already exist around that topic.

To start a new SIG, students must submit a proposal including:

  • SIG Name
  • SIG Mission Statement
    • In a paragraph, what is the purpose of your group and how will you achieve it
  • Officer List
    • At a minimum, each SIG must submit the information for two officers:
      • Name
      • Email address
      • Program of Study including anticipated graduation month/year
      • Title in SIG (President, VP, etc.)
      • Officers must be in good standing with Northeastern. Information for more officers and members are welcome, and this information will be updated every year.
  •  List of 3 events your SIG would like to hold each year
    • These are examples and can change

This proposal is submitted to the Student Services office and once received, they will reach out to schedule a meeting with the SIG officers to discuss their group and review resources and offer suggestions. If all questions are settled, the SIG will be considered ratified and be posted to this website.

What are the benefits of starting/joining a SIG?

  • Reserve meeting space on campus
  • Advertise in our weekly student newsletter
  • Share events and highlights on our Bay Area Student Life Instagram and other social media platforms
  • Apply for funding to host events in accordance with their Mission Statement
  • Work with the Student Services office to brainstorm and scope events, and get connected with organizations/businesses/resources
  • Advertise their SIG at a SIG Fair twice a year, in September and January
  • Be a great place to develop leadership skills, make connections, and improve the student experience for all learners at Northeastern in San Francisco and San Jose

General guidelines for being a successful SIG

  • Collect the names and emails of interested students and add them to a mailing list or other communication group. Make sure you can communicate regularly with interested students to announce meetings or events! Have a way to pull a list of all of your members if NU needs this information.
  • Establish regular meeting times. If you have a regular meeting schedule, you can advertise this around campus.
  • Plan events early. Requests for space are easier to meet with at least 1 week notice. As specified in the funding application, funding for events must be requested at least 4 weeks in advance. Speakers/guests to campus also need to be approved in advance.
  • Schedule meetings with the Student Services team to discuss your proposed events to make sure they will be successful!

Apply for funding

SIGs in good standing can apply for funding to host events in accordance with their Mission Statement. Funding decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and take into account the SIG mission, benefit to SIG members, and benefit to the Northeastern community in San Francisco and San Jose. Funding requests must be made at least 4 weeks before your proposed event.

Funding will NOT be granted for food unless food is an integral part of the event (i.e. not only to entice participation). Gift cards and other monetary equivalents cannot be funded.

Apply for Funding


Contact Hing Potter, Assistant Director of Student Services, at