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What is the Career Development Fund?

In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, Northwestern University has restricted domestic travel to essential purposes only. As a result, funding to support travel to job/internship interviews and graduate/professional school interviews has been suspended until further notice.

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) provides funding to support or supplement the career development needs of undergraduate students with financial need.

Students can apply to receive funding to support the following:

Travel to Professional Interviews for internship or Full-time Employment

In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, Northwestern University has restricted domestic travel to essential purposes only. As a result, funding to support travel to job/internship interviews and graduate/professional school interviews has been suspended until further notice.

 

Travel to Graduate/Professional School Interviews

In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, Northwestern University has restricted domestic travel to essential purposes only. As a result, funding to support travel to job/internship interviews and graduate/professional school interviews has been suspended until further notice.

Purchase of Interview Suit

The Career Development Fund will provide up to $300 in funding for students to purchase an interview suit for interviews or career-related events.  Only students who have not secured a full-time job upon graduation or graduate/professional school admittance are eligible for interview suit funding. 

Your purchase must include the following items:

  • One blazer
  • One matching bottom (dress pants or skirt)

Your purchase may include the following items if funding allows:

  • Dress shirt(s)/blouse(s) to be worn with the suit
  • Tie(s)
  • Additional dress pants or skirt
  • Sweaters or cardigans
  • One Belt
  • One pair of professional dress shoes
  • Hosiery or dress socks
  • Alterations

Items that are NOT covered include:

  • Casual or business casual attire of any type (dresses, denim/jeans, polo shirts, khakis, t-shirts)
  • Accessories (briefcase, purse, jewelry, tie clips, etc.)
  • Beauty products
  • Evening wear or dresses
  • Undergarments

Students are given approximately one (1) month to shop for attire before submitting receipts and a required essay. This timeframe may be shorter at the end of the academic year. Students should only submit applications for funding if they are able to shop in this timeframe.

Note: Students can only receive funding to purchase an interview suit attire one time during their undergraduate career at Northwestern.

Graduate/Professional School Test Preparation and Application Costs

The Career Development Fund will provide students with financial need up to $600 in funding for Graduate/Professional School Test Preparation and Application expenses.  This funding is only available one-time during your time at Northwestern. We recommend that you apply for this funding at the time that best aligns with your graduate/professional school application timeline. Please plan to include all expected expenses related to your test preparation at one time. Funding can be requested for the following expenses:

  • Graduate/Law School Application fee(s)
  • Transcript request fee(s)
  • Score report fee(s)
  • Exam fee
  • Exam prep courses

NCA suggests that you research any fee assistance or waivers available before applying.