Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT)

NEXT Program

Why participate?

NEXT is a one-day job shadowing program that helps current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students learn more about a professional field of interest. Alumni hosts arrange for students to spend a day at their place of employment, where students can observe and work alongside their hosts and meet other members of the organization to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. Co-sponsored by NCA and the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Who can participate?

Current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students

How do I start planning?

Registration for NEXT 2019 begins November 20!

Registration for NEXT takes place Tuesday, Nov. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 6Register and learn more on the Northwestern Alumni Association’s website. As a participating student, you will be able to search available externships by organization, location, and/or professional fields. To apply, you’ll need to submit a personal statement and anonymous resume for each externship opportunity. 

Are you creating an account for the first time?

Create a NEXT profile (takes 1-2 business days to approve your account).

Are you part of the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program or did you register for NEXT 2017 or 2018?

You already have an account! Log-in using your credentials to apply for externships within the NEXT space.

*If you're having issues logging into your account, please email

Once you've created your account, you must return to complete and submit your application by Thursday, Dec. 6.

Matching Notification

All hosts and students will be notified if they have matched by mid-January 2019.


Alumni from national and international organizations will host students for their day-long externship between Monday, March 25 and Friday, April 26. The exact externship date will be mutually decided by the student extern and alumni host within this timeframe, or another mutually agreed-upon date.


Training sessions are held for students who have registered for NEXT and been matched with an alumni host. If you missed the NEXT training session, please review the NEXT Training Session PowerPoint (PDF) for complete details about how to be successful in your externship.


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