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Northwestern San Francisco


Where is Northwestern San Francisco located?

Northwestern San Francisco is located on the 18th floor of 44 Montgomery St., the former headquarters of the Wells Fargo bank. Located in the Financial District and next to Market Street, a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is on the lower level of the building and provides easy access to public transportation. 

What are the facilities like?

The roughly 16,000-square-foot space includes a broadcast studio, a design lab, classrooms, presentation areas and small-group work rooms. The clean, classic design and furnishings resemble the style of many innovative San Francisco companies. Gensler, a global design and architecture firm with numerous clients in media, technology and innovation space, led the build-out. Renovations are scheduled for completion in summer 2016.

What kinds of events will take place in the space?

Northwestern San Francisco will open with a formal launch event in October 2016. We anticipate that Northwestern San Francisco will be a hub for leaders in design, media and technology to mingle with the next generation of innovators – Northwestern students. Those interested in learning more about events at Northwestern San Francisco can contact Owen Youngman, Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy at Medill.

What Medill programs will use the space?

Medill master’s students in the IMC and MSJ programs and the undergraduate students in the Bay Area Immersion Program for Journalists and Engineers will have opportunities to experience Medill San Francisco on short-term excursions or quarter-length courses of study.

What McCormick programs will use the space?

McCormick undergraduates can participate in the Bay Area Immersion Program for Journalists and Engineers. Other outreach to the technology industry is also planned.

Will Northwestern alumni be able to visit the space?

We believe that a great advantage for Medill and McCormick is the large number of alumni living and working in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area. This office will be a resource and meeting space for alumni, current and prospective students and their families, and other members of the University community living throughout the West Coast. Northwestern’s West Coast Alumni Relations and Development team will have space on the 12th floor of the same building.

Alumni are welcome to visit the space anytime. Please contact Belinda Clarke for more information. 

As an employer, how can I get involved with Northwestern San Francisco?

Northwestern is eager to partner with employers throughout the Bay Area. Medill and McCormick students will be studying journalism, integrated marketing communications, computer science, design and related fields. Many courses will have practicum components, and some student teams will be matched with companies to complete specific projects. For more information, contact Sue Schmitz, associate director of Medill Career Services..

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