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Career Research & Preparation Resources

Vault (formerly known as Firsthand)

  • Vault is a career engagement platform that empowers career seekers by providing powerful insights, unique resources, and impactful relationships so that you can discover your best next step.  Find invaluable resources, such as, premier employer profiles, rankings and reviews, field of study/occupational insights and guides,and career preparedness training and materials.


  • VMock provides Northwestern undergraduate and masters students with instant and personalized guidance for improving resumes and LinkedIn profiles. 
    • If you are having issues logging into the VMock platform using SSO, use the following link for VMock troubleshooting


  • Glassdoor is a database of employer reviews, salary reports, interview questions and more with information is provided by current and former employees.

NCA Career Guide

  • The NCA Career Guide (PDF) is your go-to resource for information on networking, exploring careers, the job/internship search, resume samples, cover letter writing and more.

Internship Credit/Transcript Recognition

  • Explore this list of programs for students to receive credit and/or transcript recognition for internships.

Networking & Informational Interviewing Resources

Our Northwestern

  • Our Northwestern is the online hub for Northwestern alumni. Search the directory to find alumni by name, class year, school, degree, industry, employer, or keyword that you can connect with for networking and informational interviews.


  • Leverage LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, to build relationships and connect with Northwestern alumni and other professionals.

Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

Ask a Wildcat

  • Ask A Wildcat is a tool where students can submit a question and the system uses AI to find NU alumni who will answer. Get career advice and answers to your specific questions from a community of over 80,000 Northwestern alumni!

International Career Resources


  • GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad.

International Student Career Planning Guide

  • The International Student Career Planning Guide (PDF) provides tips and advice on how to navigate the U.S. job internship search process, and helpful Northwestern resources. This guide is a joint collaboration between Northwestern Career Advancement, Engineering Career Development, Medill Career Services, School of Communication – EPICS, Chicago Field Studies, and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS).


  • LockinU is a recruiting platform that supports Chinese and foreign applicants with finding and applying to opportunities in China and select surrounding countries.


PhD Career Development Resources 

PhD and Postdoc Success Website

  • PhD and Postdoc Success website is a landing place for both doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, regardless of discipline, to find information on campus partners, programming opportunities, resources, and structured job search guidance for both academic and non-academic career development. The Graduate School (TGS) and Northwestern Career Advancement partnered to develop this content.
  • PhD Resources

Industry-based Resources

NCA maintains subscriptions for the paid resources below to support free use by students.  Login information for these resources can be found in Handshake under Career Center > Resources > Northwestern Student Resources.

NEC Bridge

  • New England Conservatory's Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection provides you with access to over 3,000 opportunities in music and arts administration, including auditions, teaching positions, administrative positions, competitions, grants, scholarships, and festivals to take your music career to the next level.

US News Education

  • U.S. News & World Report is a publisher of news and information, which includes annual rankings of Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools.


  • CaseCoach is the leading online case interview prep platform, created by former McKinsey interviewers and headhunters.  CaseCoach provides everything you need to prepare for case study interviews used by top consulting firms and other employers. 


  • Daybook is the leading job search resource for political, policy, non-profit and remote jobs.