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Melissa Goethals

Assistant Director, Student Career Advising

Assistant Director, Student Career Advising

Melissa provides career advising to students in the Medill School of Journalism for undergraduate majors. She works with students from the start of their time at Northwestern through graduation, helping them connect their Northwestern experience to professional opportunities. In addition to guiding students through the process of applying to jobs, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities, Melissa collaborates with Medill Career Services staff, faculty and alumni to develop tailored services and programming.

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bradley University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Melissa’s work in higher education began as a Career Peer Advisor during her time as an undergraduate, later working with Illinois Student Assistance Commission, where she advised low-income and first-generation students as they prepared for college. She has also worked previously in college admissions.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys checking out new, local restaurants, spending time with her friends/family, and volunteering with her church.

Melissa’s advice to students: Always keep yourself open to new opportunities and experiences. Volunteering for different organizations, events, or non-profits can be a great way to make new connections, learn more about yourself, and give you a well-rounded perspective.