Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT)

NEXT Program

Why participate?

NEXT is a one-day job shadowing program that helps current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students learn more about a professional field of interest. Alumni hosts arrange for students to spend a day at their place of employment, where students can observe and work alongside their hosts and meet other members of the organization to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. Co-sponsored by NCA and the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Who can participate?

Current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students

How do I start planning?

Student registration opens in January and your NEXT experience takes place during spring break. NEXT program registration for 2018 has closed.

What are students saying?


Training sessions are held for students who have registered for NEXT and been matched with an alumni host. If you missed the NEXT training session, please review the NEXT Training Session PowerPoint (PDF) for complete details about how to be successful in your externship.


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