SummerFest 2017


SummerFest 2017


Every year hundreds of Northwestern students come to SummerFest to start planning their summer break!

Dozens of offices and programs from around campus will be there to talk about internships, grants, fellowships, academic research opportunities, study abroad programs, summer work, classes, language study and more. Throughout the afternoon, there will be presentations on everything from how to prepare for a job interview to how to find funding for your summer, and we’ll have plenty of cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, and hoagies for lunch.

Whether you’re planning to stay in Chicago or want to spend the summer somewhere else in the U.S. or even abroad, you’ll find what you need at SummerFest! Remember to bring along a copy of your resume so that staff from Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) can help you polish it for whatever you want to do this summer.


More Information Coming Soon.


  • “How to Ask Someone for a Letter of Recommendation” - Office of Residential Academic Initiatives
    “Um, can you write me a recommendation?” Save yourself from this awkward moment when planning your summer applications. Come hear quick and easy tips for asking professors and supervisors for letters of recommendation, which can make or break an application.

  • “How to Add the Foreign Language Edge to Your Applications” - Council on Language Instruction
    Maybe you've fulfilled your language requirement (or don't even have one), but are you thinking big enough as you make summer plans and decide whether to take language courses? Enhancing your foreign language skills will help you cultivate a global perspective and position you for internationally-oriented internships, jobs, fellowships, and graduate programs. Come learn why foreign language skills matter, and how to maximize their value for future pursuits.

  • “How to Fund Your Own Research Project” - Office of Undergraduate Research
    Whether you want to write a screenplay or work in a bio lab, film a documentary or explore a historical archive, whatever your major you can get funding for your own project this summer! Students from every school get Undergraduate Research Grants. Come find out more about doing research in your field and how to apply for funding for the summer.

  • “How to Answer the Most Common Interview Question: ‘So, Tell Me about Yourself and Why You’re Interested in Us’” - Chicago Field Studies
    Interviewing for summer positions can be stressful, especially when you get asked vague, open-ended questions. At this info session, you’ll get advice about how to seize these questions as opportunities to distinguish yourself from the pack of ap­plicants. What is the interviewer really asking? How can you leverage your strengths when answering? If you’ve made it all the way to an interview, make sure you’re ready to seal the deal.

  • “How to Fund Summer Language Courses” - Office of Undergraduate Research
    The Office of Undergraduate Research wants to give you $5000 to spend this summer studying a foreign language! It can be for any language, either here in the US or abroad. Come find out more about this grant, how it can be used, and how to put together a successful proposal.

  • “How to Choose a Summer Research Program” - Office of Fellowships
    Did you know that you can get paid to conduct research at dozens of universities across the country? Do you know where to find these opportunities and how to pick the best one for you? At this session, you will learn how to find and choose a summer research position that will allow you to travel, meet new people, and make some money.

  • “How to Convert Your High School Resume to a Professional Resume” - Northwestern Career Advancement
    Should you use bold or italics? Is your Work Experience “Relevant” or “Professional”? These are the questions that distract students from the substantive issues that need attention when assembling a professional resume. This session will get you on the path to building a resume that will serve you well now and in the future as you weave new achievements and activities into the framework.

  • “How to Pick the Perfect Internship” - Center for Civic Engagement
    There are a lot of factors to consider when searching for the right summer internship. Do you prefer the flexibility of a startup or the structure of an established organization? Are you looking to learn about an industry or develop a specific skillset? This session will introduce a set of questions to help you find the right internship and offer tips about making the most of the experience once you’re there.

  • “How to Fund and Prepare for Global Community-Based Research” - Buffett Institute for Global Studies
    The Buffett Institute offers training and up to $6000 in funding for students interested in participating in a community-based research fellowship (CBR). CBR fellows apply academic learning to real-world issues and produce findings to support the sustainability of community-driven initiatives. This fellowship is open to undergraduates in all majors--come find out more about the funding and training for this fellowship!

  • “How to Apply for CPT & Legally Work in the US This Summer as an International Student” - International Office
    CPT is temporary work authorization for F-1 international students, and is REQUIRED for all off-campus work in the US. "Work" means a job, internship, co-op, practicum, work at a startup, or freelance/gig, whether paid or unpaid. F-1 students must apply prior to the start of the job/internship. All F-1 students interested in working in the U.S. this summer should attend this workshop. The International Office is here to help you prepare for CPT and answer your questions!

  • “How to Approach Your Internship Search with SIGP in Mind” - Northwestern Career Advancement
    Northwestern Career Advancement’s Summer Internship Grant Program empowers undergraduate students at Northwestern to grow professionally and personally without financial frustration through a grant for unpaid summer internships and experiences. Hear how to set yourself up for success this summer and learn about the timeline for receiving at least $3000 for Summer 2017.