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Careers

At Medill, we want to help you take your journalism or media career in the direction you want to go.

Northwestern Career Advancement works in partnership with the Medill Career Services team to give you access to professionals who are dedicated to assisting you with your job search. And we’ll be with you as you advance your career in the future: As a Medill alumnus, you have access to Medill Career Services for life.

Here’s how students often work with NCA during their time at Medill:

  • First year: Get a general overview of the services, workshops and other opportunities available through NCA.
  • Sophomore year: Have a one-on-one meeting for resume review and to talk about summer internships.
  • Junior year: Participate in a workshop focused on top skills employers look for and how to show those skills.
  • Senior year: Meet frequently with NCA and Medill Career Services team to talk about job search strategies, interviewing skills and connecting with Medill’s alumni.

Job postings for Medill students

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Many employers are looking to hire talented Medill students. We regularly receive job openings, and we email current postings to students. These jobs are also posted on MEDILLINK, an online career management system exclusively for Medill students and alumni. On MEDILLINK you can:

  • Search for jobs, internships and fellowships
  • View on-campus recruiting schedules and information sessions
  • Find career services events and workshops
  • Create a profile, including resume and work samples
  • Apply directly to jobs posted in the system
  • Receive notifications when new job postings are added

View sample career paths

Connecting you to the Medill network

The Medill and Northwestern alumni networks are large and powerful. Many of these alumni hire Medill students. In addition, we have built connections with professionals and companies looking to hire top marketing communications talent. Our networking events help you connect with these alumni and professionals. In addition, to help you make the most of networking opportunities, we offer tips and resources on how to network effectively.

When you join Medill, you join a network of leading professionals. Often, these people will be the ones who help you get your next job.

The Medill network

Medill and Northwestern alumni

Michael Wilbon, ESPN commentator and former sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, surrounded by students that he is talking to

Medill alumni are a close-knit, loyal and dedicated family—more than 16,000 strong. And so are Northwestern’s 200,000 alumni. You can connect with alumni working in industries or companies that interest you, and many alumni consistently hire Medill students.

Companies

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Over the years, we’ve developed partnerships with hundreds of employers in a wide range of industries and locations. Our relationships with these employers allow us to connect you with your dream jobs.

Faculty

Faculty member Charles Whitaker talking to a student one on one.

Medill faculty have deep experience in the journalism and media fields. Their networks add to the vast array of people you can contact to learn more about industries and careers.

Employers on campus

CNN table at the career fair

Career fairs

We host both in-person and virtual career fairs to connect students directly with employers. More than 40 employers attend our annual winter career fair.

Friendly alumni at the career fair.

Information sessions

Every year, dozens of top companies visit Medill to share information about their organization and help students learn about open positions.

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Interviews

Employers come to campus to interview students for job openings at their company.

Personal coaching and support

Student talking to a career coach

Career coaching

We encourage you to talk with us about your career goals and interests. We’ll help you find and connect with potential career paths and employers. We are available to talk via phone or email when you’re on Journalism Residency or studying in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or abroad.

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Resume and cover letter review

We will review your resume and cover letter and provide feedback on how to make them the most effective for your chosen positions and industries.

Student working with a career coach on interviewing in an office.

Interview preparation

The job interview is one of the most important parts of the job search, and we help you prepare to do your best. We teach you how to effectively participate in informational interviews and conduct mock interviews to help you prepare. We even record mock interviews to assess your areas of strength and opportunity.

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Career planning guide

We offer a Career Planning Guide to help you know what things you should do each quarter to prepare for your job search.

Fine tune your job search skills

Students actively engaged and raising their hands at a lecture on social media
Students listening to a lecture

We regularly provide workshops to help you learn skills valuable to your job search. Recent workshops have addressed topics such as how to use LinkedIn most effectively, create a digital portfolio, brand yourself, develop presence, write a resume and cover letter, and negotiate a job offer.

Additional career resources

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International student assistance

International students have distinct employment needs and may need to take extra steps to pursue jobs outside their country of citizenship. Along with the Northwestern International Office, we help international students understand the job search process.