Our Services

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recruiting on campus

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NCA Express Advising Center (Main Library)

NCA offers express advising in the fall, winter and spring quarters to provide career-related assistance on a drop-in basis, with no appointment required in the Northwestern University Library on the second floor in the North tower, also known as the "Core.” A typical walk-in lasts 15-20 minutes. The NCA practitioner will inquire about your current needs, explain relevant services, recommend resources, and refer you as needed. While the Express Advising Center is not meant to serve as a substitution for the full services found at our main office at 620 Lincoln, it is a convenient location for quick and individualized drop-in services.


  • 2019 Fall Quarter: TBD

Career Ambassador Express Advising

Career Ambassadors provide quick resume and cover letter feedback in locations across campus during the academic year. Hours are announced in NCA's weekly emails.

Individual Counseling Appointments

NCA has experienced staff members with whom you can discuss your specific questions and concerns. Sessions are confidential and there is no limit to the number of individual appointments you can attend. A NCA practitioner may refer you to other staff members based on your unique needs.

Popular topics for appointments are:

  • Full-time Job Search
  • Internship Search
  • Deciding on a Career Path
  • Cover Letter & Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Tips
  • Mock Interviews

Log into Handshake to make an appointment with your career counselor or advisor.

Career Assessments

NCA offers career assessments that can help you identify and organize your interests, values, and skills. A Career Counselor or the Associate Director for Career Development will evaluate which assessments are appropriate for you.

Graduate/Professional School Advisement

NCA Career Counselors can help you determine if graduate or professional school is the next step for you. Our services include helping you identify appropriate programs, writing effective personal statements, and presenting yourself in a professional manner during interviews.

Employment Databases

Handshake is an online internship and job database offered by NCA. This resource offers full-time positions and summer/academic year internships. In addition, we offer access to iNet, an internship-only database that lists opportunities across the country. Employers in these databases have specifically selected Northwestern as a school to receive their listings. 

On-Campus Recruiting

Handshake functions as the primary vehicle for navigating and managing on-campus recruiting. Employers from a variety of industries visit campus to promote their respective employment opportunities to current Northwestern students. Employers hold information sessions, host workshops, attend career fairs, and/or conduct interviews.

Workshops, Events & Career Fairs

Throughout the year our office sponsors hundreds of workshops and events on various career related topics. Our major career fairs offer students the opportunity to network with some of the top companies in their industries, and for those looking to hire Northwestern students our talent cannot be beat. Check our calendar often for upcoming events and workshops.

Employer Services

Companies and organizations can partner with NCA to recruit from our diverse and talented student and alumni populations through on campus recruiting, career fairs, networking events and company visits. For more information please visit our employer services section.