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Exclusive Opportunities

While at Medill, you’ll have opportunities designed uniquely for IMC students.

We have tailored programs to the life of a busy working professional, allowing you to participate in committees remotely and take one- to four-week IMC courses outside Chicago.

Hands-on experiences

We believe that hands-on experiences in marketing communications are a valuable way to put what you’re learning in class into context. Furthermore, it allows you to have experiences you can draw on in future job interviews and in your career.

We also believe in the power of learning about IMC in new contexts. We have short-term programs that allow you to travel and study IMC in other places. These programs give you a view of IMC through the lens of new cultures, helping you to better understand consumers and different marketplaces.

You will have opportunities to:

  • Meet top marketing communications professionals
  • Practice your skills with in-class projects for real clients
  • Learn about insights and innovation in San Francisco
  • Take a four-week course in London taught by IMC faculty
  • See IMC in action at various companies in Asia
  • Hone your leadership skills at a one-week course in Evanston
  • Be a leader on the Student Leadership Committee

Insights and innovation in San Francisco

IMC student at the San Francisco classroom location
Group of IMC students posing for a photo at the technology and innovation course in San Francisco.

The most innovative products, services and technologies identify latent needs, identify ways to solve them and continuously iterate and improve. Take a week-long course at Northwestern’s San Francisco campus to learn to do just that.

Learn more about the San Francisco campus

Global experiences

IMC students in Shanghai


Travel to Asia for two weeks to gain deep, contextual knowledge of marketing communications in the emerging and quickly evolving Asian marketplace.

Learn more about the Global Perspectives course
IMC students posing for group photo in front of Wimbledon


Take an IMC course in London for four weeks to learn about brand equity and communication in a global context.

Learn more about the Global Brand Communication course

IMC Leadership week

Group of IMC students during Leadership week
Group of IMC students during Leadership week

Develop the leadership attributes required of an IMC department leader during a five-day course called IMC Leadership that takes place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Learn more about IMC Leadership

Research with Faculty

Tom and Ed

As a student in the IMC program, you can work with faculty on research projects through the Medill IMC Spiegel Research Center.

Learn about Research with Faculty