Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT)

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This one-day shadowing program offers current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job in order to learn more about different professional fields. Students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts in order to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. 

For Alumni Hosts

Registration for NEXT 2014 has closed, NEXT 2015 registration will begin in December 2014.



For the NEXT process, students will be able to browse the available externships and submit letters of interest and a resume to the NAA. If your externship draws interest from students, you will receive an email with links to the students’ applications. You will then rank your choice of students and submit them to the NAA.



All hosts and students will be notified if they have matched by the end of February. The selected student will contact you in late February or early March to set a date. The externship should take place between March 23 and April 24, 2015, or another mutually agreed-upon date. 



For more information, please refer to our Alumni Host FAQs. Alumni Host FAQs.

For Students

Registration has closed for NEXT 2014. Registration will open for NEXT 2015 during the first week of Winter Quarter.

As a participating student, you are able to search available externships by company, location, and/or professional fields. To apply, you’ll need to submit a personal statement and anonymous resume for each externship opportunity. Only current Northwestern students are eligible.

For more information and detailed application instructions, please refer to our Student FAQs.

Questions? Contact next@alumni.northwestern.edu or 847-491-5648.

NEXT is co-sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association and University Career Services.