Frequently Asked Questions

NCA is the centralized career office at Northwestern University serving all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.  Below are a sample of frequently asked questions and answers.  Please feel free to contact our office at recruit@northwestern.edu for any additional questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved as an alumnus?

NCA welcomes participation by Northwestern alumni and parents. There are a variety of ways that you can assist NU students through our office.  To learn more about getting involved, please visit our Get Involved webpage

How do I plan an information session at Northwestern?

Check out our Information Session webpage for information about hosting an event on campus.

What type of career support is offered to the Northwestern University alumni community?

You can gain free access to CareerCat, attend webinars through the Northwestern Alumni Association, and join the virtual Our Northwestern community through a collaborative effort with the NAA to provide career resources to all NU alumni.  To get started, visit the Alumni webpage

How do I start an internship program at my company?
The first step would be to gather a snapshot of how to create an internship through some of our online resources and to then connect your campus recruiting team with NCA.
How do I gain greater visibility on campus?

The first step to building your brand on campus is to register your company in CareerCat, our job and internship search system, to post job and internship opportunities. From there, you may outreach to students by meeting them in person at recruiting events, such as our career fairs or information sessions. If your company hosts an event with NCA (information session, coffee chat, lunch and learn, etc.), you will automatically receive some level of email and social media support alongside other employers hosting on-campus events. You are also welcome to Tweet your CareerCat job/internship posting (with CareerCat Job ID number) to @JobsforCats, and we’ll do our best to Retweet it. If you’re looking for more targeted social media and marketing support, please see more information about our corporate sponsorship program.

What social media and marketing support do employers recruiting at Northwestern receive?

Northwestern Career Advancement provides social media and marketing support for companies and organizations that are:

Corporate sponsors: The Arch, Wildcat and Purple & White corporate sponsors each receive some level of custom social media and marketing support.

Hosting an event on-campus: Employer recruiting events that are listed in CareerCat are promoted the week of the event on NCA social media and in NCA’s weekly email to all Northwestern students. Please note that all employer events for the week are listed together.

Jobs and internships are only promoted on our @JobsforCats Twitter account. Employers who post jobs and internships in CareerCat may Tweet the opportunity and CareerCat ID to @JobsforCats and we’ll do our best to Retweet it.

How far in advance do I need to schedule a recruiting event with NCA to receive marketing/social media promotion?

NCA requires at least two weeks of lead time to include your event in our weekly email to students and in any social media posts, as we often prepare and program communications weeks in advance. If we learn of an event any later than this (or if information about the event changes during this timeframe), your event may not be included in NCA weekly email communications and social media. In this case, we still welcome you to Tweet information of your event to @NUCareerAdvance or @JobsforCats, and we’ll Retweet it. For more information about scheduling events, please see our information sessions page.

How do NCA email communications work?

NCA sends a weekly email to all Northwestern students in CareerCat, typically every Friday. The Friday email lists every employer event on campus that has been registered in our CareerCat system for the next week, and directs students to log in to their CareerCat account for more information (date, time, location, and description provided by the employer). Due to the large number of employer events on campus, NCA does not send dedicated emails or e-flyers about individual job/internship opportunities and deadlines or recruiting events (information sessions, etc.), unless a company is an NCA corporate sponsor. NCA only promotes each event once in a weekly email the week prior to the event.