Job/Internship Search Programming

Backpack to Briefcase

To help prepare graduating students in their job search, UCS has designed a series of workshops and events. Beginning with the first week of Fall Quarter, Backpack to Briefcase kicks off the school and students are encouraged to participate in order to be ready for fall recruiting.

Law School Week

Co-sponsored by Kaplan, Minorities in the Pursuit of Law, and Phi Alpha Delta, Law School Week is a series of events for students considering Law School held during Fall Quarter.  Programs and workshops address all stages of the law school decision-making and application process.  Workshops center on topics from 'Is Law School Right for me?' to Kaplan Master Courses and lawyer panels.

Mock Case Interviewing Events

Each Fall and Winter UCS along with campus partners, hosts a mock case interview preparatory event to help students interested in entering the consulting field. The target audience in the Fall is graduating students looking for full-time jobs and the audience in the Winter is primarily for sophomores and juniors looking for consulting internships for the summer. The timing of both of these events each Fall and Winter is coordinated with the overall on campus recruiting calendar. Registration is required.

Practice with the Pros: Mock Interviewing Events

Each Fall and Winter UCS partners with the Northwestern Alumni Association to host a mock interview event to prepare students for behavioral based interviewing in all fields. Students are paired with an alumni volunteer to practice an interview and receive immediate feedback. Similar to the Case Interviewing event, the target audience in the Fall is graduating students seeking full-time jobs and the audience in the Winter is primarily for students seeking internships. Registration is required.

InPursuit Internship Conference

InPursuit is a half-day conference for Northwestern students interested in learning about the internship search process as well as networking with peers, alumni and select conference speakers from campus and community. The conference offers a keynote address, concurrent sessions and a closing networking session.


SummerFest is sponsored by The Office of The Provost and The Division of Student Affairs. The goal of this event is to help undergraduates at Northwestern answer that famous question "What will you do this Summer?" by hosting an engaging event that not only provides information on summer programs, internships and research, but also helps to prepare students for application to competitive programs through resume reviews and services by UCS and presentations by various programs and departments within the Northwestern Community. This event is during the first week of classes, Winter Quarter.

NEXT Northwestern Externship Program

NEXT is a job shadowing program that connects students with Northwestern alumni for an inside look at today's careers. Alumni volunteers host current students at their respective sites of employment. Opportunities are available in a variety of fields, industries, and job roles. Students are required to register for this program and attend a training session. Applications are typically available in mid-January and the actual event occurs during the month of March.

Life after College Series

Offered in the Spring Quarter this series of programs and events helps prepare students for life after college. Past workshops have included financial and investment advice, social media tips and more.