Appointments with NCA

NCA COVID-19 Response: NCA continues to provide full virtual services to all of our students and employer partners.  A full virtual appointment schedule is available through Handshake.  Handshake will also support all of our employer partners recruiting needs.  For any additional questions, please email with the details of your question, and we will respond quickly.  To protect the wellbeing of our staff, students, and employer partners, the physical office at 620 and 630 Lincoln is not open and walk-in advising is canceled until further notice.

Visit the Alumni Resources page for more information about career services and resources for alumni more than 6 months beyond graduation.

Schedule an Appointment

NCA career advisers and career counselors are here to help you navigate all of your career concerns. Appointments with our team are scheduled through Handshake and are available in the following areas:

  • Undecided on a Career Path
  • Choosing an Academic Major
  • Career Advising (finding jobs/internships, networking, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, offer negotiation)
  • Mock Interview
  • Mock Case Interview
  • Graduate School Application Advising
  • Pre-Law Advising

Appointments can be scheduled by phone and virtually.  Login to Handshake Career Center > Appointments to view your scheduling options.

Express Advising/Walk-in Hours

Express Advising

NCA team members are available every weekday to provide feedback on resumes, cover letters and to answer career-related questions with no appointment necessary.   Express Advising is a great option if appointment wait times are long. 

Location: Main Library 2N Core (shared space with The Writing Place)
Spring Quarter: Canceled

School/Academic Department Walk-in Hours

**School based walk-in hours are canceled until further notice.

School/Academic Department Walk-in Hours

NCA team members are also available for walk-in hours at locations around campus to meet with students enrolled in the schools/colleges/academic programs below.


Bienen School of Music
Tuesdays from 12-2pm
Location: RCMA Room 2-112
Note: Bienen walk-in hours are cancelled on January 14


Kapnick Center for Business Institutions
Wednesdays from 2-5pm
Location: 2010 Sheridan Road
Note: Kapnick walk-in hours are cancelled on January 29


Tuesdays from 11:30am -1:30pm
Location:  Fisk Hall, Room 106B
Note: Medill walk-in hours are cancelled on January 14

School of Communication
Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Frances Searle, Room 1-306
Note: SoC walk-in hours are cancelled on January 30


School of Education and Social Policy
Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Annenberg Hall, Room 123
Note: SESP walk-in hours are cancelled on January 29 & February 5


Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Thursdays: January 9, February 13 & March 12 from 11am – 2pm
Location: Kresge Hall, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Career Ambassador Walk-In Hours

Career Ambassador Walk-in Hours are canceled for the foreseeable future.  If you have questions regarding these walkin hours, email our main office at

NCA Career Ambassadors will be available in the evenings M-TH and Sunday afternoon in three campus locations (Norris-Starbucks, 560 Lincoln Lobby and top floor of the Shepard Engagement Center) to answer your questions about resumes and cover letters. Whether it is your first time writing a resume or cover letter, or you have a draft you would like reviewed- stop by for assistance. The CAs can’t wait to help you!


Spring Quarter 2020 CA Walk-in hours are TBD

South/Southwest Area:

Sunday (1-3 p.m.) and Tuesday (6-8 p.m.) on the top floor of the Shepard Engagement Center

North/Northeast Area:

Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the 560 Lincoln lobby


Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the Norris Starbucks

Additional Career Offices at Northwestern

In addition to NCA, there are several other offices at Northwestern that provide career support to students, alumni, and postdocs.  Visit the pages below to learn more about available services: