Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Meet Your WCAS Team

Maggie Smith

Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University and her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. She has worked at Northwestern since 2010, previously in Fraternity & Sorority Life as an advisor. As a Career Adviser for students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Maggie works with students to search for an internship or job, review resumes and cover letters, prepare for an interview, develop a networking strategy, or negotiate a job offer.

She serves WCAS students in the humanities and social sciences. Maggie works with students majoring in the following:

American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Art Theory and Practice, Cognitive Science, Comparative Literary Studies, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys cooking and enjoying all that Chicago has to offer!

Larry Jackson

Larry earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bradley University and his Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. Larry has been working in career services for three years and advises students on resume, cover letter and CV development, job and internship search strategies, networking, and interviewing.

Larry serves WCAS students in the STEM fields:  Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Integrated Science Program, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics. 

In his spare time, Larry enjoys serving in several church organizations and is an avid salsa dancer and singer.

Jose Santos

Jose earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from La Salle University.  He has worked at Northwestern since 2007 taking on roles as a Career Counselor, Assistant Director for Liberal Arts and Diversity Outreach, and current role as a Senior Assistant Director for Career Advising leading the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences team. 

Jose works with students to search for an internship or job, review resumes and cover letters, prepare for an interview, develop a networking strategy, or negotiate a job offer. 

He serves WCAS students in the following majors:  African American Studies, Asian Studies, Classics, Economics, French, German, Italian, Jewish Studies, Latina/o Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish.

In his spare time, Jose enjoys Chicago restaurants and works with professional athletes in their professional/personal development. 

Other NCA Advisers

Four Year Career Plan

Northwestern Career Advancement has developed a Four Year Career Plan to guide students through the career development process during their time at Northwestern. Each plan identifies opportunities for students to assess, explore, decide, and act upon career-related experiences during each of the four undergraduate years.

NCA helps students translate academic and co-curricular experiences into professional skills and opportunities. The Four Year Career Plan serves as a guide for this process. Each point included throughout the Four Year Career Plan will not resonate with each student. Students should use these guides as a foundation, understanding that each student will have a unique plan to match their personal career-related goals and objectives.

To learn more about the Four Year Career Plan, choose a year below.

Students looking to learn more about opportunities to tailor the Four Year Career Plan for a specific major should contact their Department/Program or schedule an appointment with their NCA Career Advisor.

Students looking to learn more about opportunities to tailor the Four Year Career Plan to a specific industry should schedule an appointment with their NCA Career Advisor or review the NCA Industry pages under the top level tab.

Events/Programs

WCAS Express Advising

The WCAS Career Advising team offers express advising services to students during the academic year to assist students with career-related concerns. These appointments are on a first come, first serve basis. Students can get their job search correspondence reviewed, along with receiving quick tips for their job/internship search.

WCAS Academic Department Events

For specific academic department events, please visit the academic department’s website or subscribe to the department’s listserv.

WCAS Resources

Chicago Field Studies

CFS allows students to take on full/part time internships in a variety of industries for credit during their time at Northwestern. 

Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships provides students with guidance on the diverse range of fellowships available and also provides help on applying for fellowships. 

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research supports research and creative projects for undergraduate students across all Northwestern schools. Students can apply for grants to fund research-related and/or creative experiences and search databases to identify research opportunities. These programs are open to all students across all fields and disciplines.

Study Abroad

Northwestern encourages students in all of its undergraduate schools to study abroad; students who study abroad often develop career skills that make them especially marketable, including critical thinking, independence, teamwork, leadership, flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and an expanded world view and multicultural perspective.

WCAS Student-Alumni Engagement

The Weinberg Student Alumni Engagement Office provides opportunities for WCAS students to connect with WCAS alumni, for professional development and growth in the context of a liberal arts and science education, in a variety of ways including career treks, alumni panels and speakers and networking receptions.

Weinberg College Advisers

Each Weinberg student is assigned to a College Adviser, a generalist who is able to assist students in selecting courses, choosing a major, developing strategies for completing requirements, and considering opportunities such as studying abroad, getting involved in research, writing a senior thesis, or applying for fellowships.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC)

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC) advises students interested in health professions and assists students with general advising concerns. UAAC provides assistance on application procedures for health-related programs, major selection and planning, inter-school transfers and study/test taking skills.

Faculty/Academic Advisers


Programming Requests

If you want a career related program for your respective department, please contact your assigned Career Adviser.  We will contact you within 24 hours upon your inquiry, to discuss program possibilities.  We do ask that program requests be sent no later than 2 weeks before the desired program date.