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Student Participants

We are excited to have you participate in DePaul University’s Education and Development Grant for Employability (EDGE) Program. As an EDGE student you will:

  • Gain experience and develop self-knowledge about careers and the job search process.
  • Develop key money management skills.
  • Acquire an understanding of how your department and team projects contribute to the university overall.
  • Discover and build professional skills for future employability.
  • Become ready for next steps in the employment process.

Read about the 2022–23 EDGE Teams:

As an EDGE student, you are committing to a full academic year of participation in the program. Each quarter, you will participate in a variety of modulesincluding workshops, events and site visitsdesigned to develop workplace competencies, money management knowledge and skills, and a connection to university resources.

You will be part of a dedicated department team and assigned various projects and responsibilities related to that department or office. You will participate in no more than 10 hours a week of program activities and modules.

Please Note: Failure to fully participate in team requirements may cause your removal from the program as well as loss of tuition grant.

All EDGE students are assigned to a department team, and participate in weekly activities and projects. Current EDGE department teams include:

  • Campus Recreation 
  • Career Center 
  • Center for Sales Leadership 
  • Center for Teaching & Learning 
  • Commuter Student Services 
  • DePaul Athletics 
  • Division of Mission & Ministry 
  • Global DePaul
  • Housing Services Green Team
  • Housing Services Marketing & Media 
  • Idea Realization Lab
  • Kellstadt Marketing Center 
  • Office of Advancement 
  • Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS)
  • Office of Student Involvement-Connect 
  • Office of Student Involvement-Programming 
  • Office of Student Involvement-Voter Engagement 
  • The Theatre School 
  • Undergraduate Admissions 
  • Undergraduate Recruitment Marketing & Communication (URMC)
  • University Marketing Communications (Content Crew)

You will participate in the the virtual EDGE Fall Kickoff at the start of the academic year where you can learn about the different EDGE department teams. EDGE students and team representatives have an opportunity to select their top preferences. Preferences are not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to honor all requests.

Please Note: EDGE students receive a welcome letter during the summer with details about the EDGE Kickoff Event from

Throughout the year, we will hold various program-wide events to continue building career skills, have professional development opportunities, and build community across the entire EDGE program. Your Team Leaders will keep you updated on these events as they occur.

In addition to fully participating in all aspects of the sponsoring department’s meetings, activities and assignments, you must complete the required EDGE Program Modules.

Once assigned to a team, you are expected to fully participate in the required program modules as well as individual team activities. Failure to fully participate in program or team requirements may cause you to be removed from the program and lose your tuition grant. Please contact the EDGE Program Team if you have any concerns about your ability to complete the program.

You can work at other jobs while participating in the EDGE Program. EDGE is a financial aid and career skills program for first-year students and is not an actual job. However, the commitment on your part is up to 10 hours per week and should come second in priority to your academic courses. Although you can work in addition to participating in EDGE, we do not recommend it during your first quarter; academic performance during the first quarter is critical to long-term success and multiple commitments could have an adverse impact on academic performance and in finding time to complete the EDGE requirements. If you must work, we recommend working no more than 10 hours per week in addition to EDGE.


Get in touch with the EDGE team if you have questions or concerns regarding your participation in the program.

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