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This section of our website provides information about skill development and career direction for each major/academic program in Medill.

Resources for the job/internship search process in specific fields can be found under the “Industries” tab above.  Below are links to two pages that may be of particular interest to Medill students.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism

The Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) program provides undergraduate students the writing, reporting, editing, producing, visual and online journalism skills needed for a multimedia career.  Through the Journalism Residency (JR) program, BSJ students spend one academic quarter working full-time alongside veteran professionals in real-world environments to explore career paths and build confidence in their capabilities.

Skills Developed

  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Flexibility & Versatility
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Interpersonal
  • Computer & Technical Skills (in various forms of electronic media)
  • Creativity
  • Editing
  • Teamwork
  • Active Listening & Interviewing
  • Time-Management
  • Reporting & Producing
  • Design
  • Force of Ideas
  • Ethical Decision-Making

What Can You Do With a Degree In Journalism? Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire journalism majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

Sample Job Titles of BSJ Graduates 

Social Media Manager, Account Executive, Business Reporter, Magazine Editor, Advertising Manager, News Analyst, Public Relations Manager, Copy Writer, Market Researcher, Foreign News Correspondent, Mobile Journalist, TV News/Investigative Reporter, News Blogger/Columnist, Media Relations Specialist, Associate Producer, Newspaper Reporter, Communications Specialist, Copy Editor, Sports Reporter, Creative Director, Video Journalist, Editor, Promotion Manager, Publishing Assistant, Writer, Event Coordinator, Film Editor, Marketing Associate, Media Planner, Press Secretary, Media Relations Coordinator

Sample Employers of BSJ Graduates

ABC News, AOL/Huffington Post, CB Insights, CNN, Crain Communications, eBay Enterprise, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, IBM, Inc. Magazine, Ogilvy & Mather, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time Inc., Twitter, WSBT-TV, Zaiss & Company

Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate

The undergraduate Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate Program focuses on effective marketing communications strategies and tactics for an increasingly digital media environment. It prepares students for entry‐level marketing communications positions in such fields as advertising, public relations, corporate communications, database marketing, and social media marketing.  Students in all undergraduate schools at Northwestern are eligible to apply to the certificate program.

Skills Developed

  • Understanding and analyzing consumers in traditional markets and in newly forming digital communities and social networks
  • Conducting research and analyzing data on consumer behavior, media usage and marketing communications effects
  • Creating and delivering messages through a wide variety of media channels
Master of Science in Journalism

Medill’s one-year graduate journalism program gives students unique opportunities and experiences that prepare them to launch careers in media.  MSJ exclusive opportunities

Skills Gained

  • Advanced Oral & Written Communication
  • Leadership & Innovation
  • Diversity & Global Awareness
  • Flexibility & Versatility
  • Research & Data Analysis
  • Interpersonal
  • Multi-Media Proficiency
  • Creativity
  • Producing
  • Editing
  • Teamwork
  • Active Listening/Interviewing
  • Time-Management
  • Reporting & Subject-Area Expertise
  • Design
  • Force of Ideas
  • Ethical Decision-Making

Sample Job Titles of MSJ Graduates 

Social Media Manager, Digital and Design Editor, Multimedia Photographer, Public Relations Account Executive, Business Reporter, Documentarian, Senior Magazine Editor, Sports Reporter, Anchor, Director of Communications, Health & Science News Correspondent, Founder of Boutique Public Relations Firm, Digital Media Specialist, Investigative Producer, Sales & Marketing Manager, Emerging Media Professor, Director of Mobile Broadcasting, and Features Editor.

Sample Employers of MSJ Graduates

CBS News, AOL/Huffington Post, Conde Naste, Crain Communications, Edelman, ESPN, BBDO, Food Network, WBEZ-Chicago, Northwestern University, Investor’s Business Daily, NBC Universal, U.S. Army, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Reader’s Digest

Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications

The Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications is offered as a full-time, part-time, or online program. Graduate education in IMC was invented at Medill, and the program continues to lead innovation in the field. Students work collaboratively with peers and top-tier global companies to gain strategic and quantitative skills, with an emphasis on analytics that inform consumer insights. Students develop proficiencies across traditional and digital media in order to influence consumers and build business in today's complex global marketplace.

The 15-month full-time program consists of a core curriculum and six specializations. The program has a strong international focus and includes the 10-week Immersion Quarter, which features a company-sponsored project.

Specializations include:

Brand Strategy
Content Marketing
Digital and Interactive Marketing
Marketing Analytics
Media Management
Strategic Communication

IMC Program Features: Global Perspectives & Immersion Quarter

Skills Gained

  • Strategic Communication
  • Leadership & Innovation
  • Diversity & Global Awareness
  • Statistical & Investment Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Interpersonal
  • Social Media Proficiency
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Budgeting
  • Team Building
  • Client Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Presentation Tactics
  • Design
  • Force of Ideas
  • Marketing Decision-Making

IMC Student Organizations

Career Titles For MS IMC Graduates

Search Optimization Analyst, Staff Consultant, Senior Analyst, Senior Web Editor, Assistant Vice President,
Marketing, Marketing Communications Manager, Social Media Strategist, Digital Strategist, Marketing
Consultant, Business Analyst, Head of Global Digital Marketing, Vice President of Consumer Insights, and
Marketing Strategy Director.

Organizations Where MS IMC Alumni Are Working

  • Adobe Systems
  • Digitals
  • DraftFCB
  • eMedia
  • General Mills
  • Hyatt
  • IBM
  • Merkle
  • Orbitz
  • Walgreens
  • Cox Communications
  • Google
  • Hewlette-Packard
  • MediaCom
  • Mercer
  • Microsoft
  • Navigant
  • Staples
  • Twitter
  • Walt Disney Studios

Alumni Spotlights

Other Resources  MS IMC 5- Quarter Career Plan