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Exclusive Opportunities

The experience of being a Medill student can be summarized in one word: opportunity. At Medill, you will receive dozens of opportunities to try new things.

Explore the world and your passion for journalism

We believe deeply that future journalists need to learn about journalism around the world, so we offer a variety of week-long global trips, chances to work in professional media outlets abroad and quarter-long opportunities to study abroad.

In our programs, you may:

  • Meet top professional journalists and newsmakers
  • Experience reporting from Washington, D.C.
  • Learn about media startups in San Francisco
  • Meld journalism and technology in the Knight Lab
  • Enhance your degree with an IMC certificate or a second major

We will help you chart a customized path that lets you tap into your unique skills, explore your passions and have amazing experiences along the way.

Global Experiences

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Short-Term Opportunities

Visit media outlets and produce journalism in places as varied as Israel or Panama in one- to two-week programs led by Medill faculty.  

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Quarter-long Opportunities

Spend a quarter studying at Northwestern’s Qatar campus, at Peking University in China or in one of Northwestern's study abroad programs.

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Global Journalism Residency

Work full time as reporter or public relations specialist at a media outlet or agency in Argentina, Qatar and South Africa.


Coast to Coast with Medill

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Medill on the Hill

If you have a passion for politics and policy, spend a quarter at Medill’s Washington, D.C., newsroom reporting for our news service.
Learn about Medill's Washington D.C. newsroom
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Medill in San Francisco

Spend a quarter in San Francisco's booming tech, media and startup scene, where you will be challenged to learn from and contribute to the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture.
Learn about Medill in San Francisco

Learning on the Job

Journalism Residency

Work full time as a reporter or public relations specialist for one quarter at media outlets in the U.S. or abroad through Medill's Journalism Residency, a one-of-a-kind program.

Learn about the Journalism Residency
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Experiential Learning

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Knight Lab

Use your passion for journalism and technology to explore how technology changes the way we report, consume and share news and information. In this program, you'll work as part of a team developing new technology tools for journalists.

Learn about the Knight Lab
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Guest Speakers at Medill

Meet and network with Medill's guests, including top journalists, newsmakers, authors, marketing professionals and visionaries who visit our campuses each week. 

Learn about Guest Speakers
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Medill Investigative Lab

Through real-time, on-the-ground reporting in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and beyond, students in the Medill Investigative Lab probe power brokers and programs that promise to provide a safety net to tens of millions of vulnerable Americans.

Learn about Medill Investigative Lab

Building on Your Medill Degree

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Undergraduate IMC Certificate

Enhance your journalism degree with a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. Medill’s faculty will teach you to communicate persuasively using the latest digital techniques and Medill’s consumer-oriented philosophy.

Learn about the IMC Certificate
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Explore Double Major Opportunities

Explore the vast array of subjects that Northwestern offers and develop expertise in an outside area. About 95 percent of Medill students earn a double major, minor or certificate in another area of study.

Learn about double major opportunities
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Accelerated Master’s Program

You can earn both an undergraduate and graduate journalism degree at Medill in five years through our Accelerated Master’s Program.

Learn about the Accelerated Master’s Program