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Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (Kaplan)

The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities promotes expansive, interdisciplinary discussion and debate. Serving as a crossroads, clearing house, and testing ground, the Institute nurtures ideas that transform into cutting-edge research and dynamic courses. We cultivate this work through our annual fellowship program for faculty working in the humanities; our co-sponsorship of numerous workshops, reading groups, performances, film presentations, readings, and lectures; and our first-year honors program (the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program). The Institute also reaches through and beyond disciplines at Northwestern by hosting public humanities programs and training opportunities through our Public Humanities Graduate Research Workshop and our partnership with the the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Often when meeting with students the question about when to disclose a disability during the internship/job search arises. There are several factors to consider including whether accommodations will be needed during the interview process or on the job. We can help discuss the need for disclosure, timing of disclosure, and request for accommodations.

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Career Resources for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students face a special set of challenges in their career journeys. Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is committed to ensuring student success, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. NCA staff are here to help undocumented and DACA students navigate the career planning process.

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Career Resources for Veterans

As you make your way from military service to Northwestern to post-degree employment, we are here to coach and support you. Whether that is exploring career options to pursing an internship or job, we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

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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.

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Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)

CCE supports students, faculty, staff, and alumni as they enhance their own academic experiences while contributing to stronger communities and a more engaged university. Our campus-wide programs and events are also open to postdocs at Northwestern.

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Center for Leadership

One-on-one coaching and a specialized fellowship are available to help you advance your professional leadership skills.


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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Mental health services are available for all Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students.

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

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Employee Assistance Program

SupportLinc is Northwestern's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. The EAP is available to faculty, staff, and household members and provides 24/7/365 free and confidential access to a variety of mental health and well-being services and resources, including short-term counseling.

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

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GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities across the globe.

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Handshake is Northwestern's central platform for accessing career services. You can use it to find job and internship opportunities, students can schedule an appointment with NCA advisers, learn about career events, see which employers are coming to campus, and more. Handshake is NCA's primary tool for communicating with you about the wide array of career-related events, workshops, and opportunities to help you in your career planning and searches.

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Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW)

Health Promotion and Wellness is the primary provider of health promotion, education, and prevention programs and services on alcohol, other drugs, and wellness issues for Northwestern students. HPaW is a part of the Dean of Students Office.

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Imagine PhD

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences. Users can assess their career-related skills, interests, and values; explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines; create self-defined goals; and map out next steps for career and professional development success.

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InitialView allows students to apply to jobs in China. It is a great resource for students from China who are seeking to return home.

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International Student Career Planning Guide

This guide provides tips and advice for international students and postdocs on how to navigate the U.S. job search process and lists helpful Northwestern resources.

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InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT engages with an individual’s interests and extrapolates these interests to positions in actual professional settings in industry, academia, and government sectors. While the simulations do not evaluate an individual’s performance on the task, they offer insight into the specific, real-life duties of varying career paths. By completing job simulations, you can consider which careers are of interest to you and use provided resources to explore future courses of action by following up with professionals in the career field.

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

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

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myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences. It provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process.

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NCA Career Guide

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

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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.

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Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

Request an alumni mentor through the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program that can provide valuable support and guidance for navigating your career.

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Northwestern University Libraries

The University Libraries regularly organize workshops on research tools that graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend, such as workshops on citation management software and patent discovery and analytics platforms.

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Office of Fellowships

Office of Fellowships offers resources to help students and alumni conceptualize and achieve their ambitions with the support of external funding. Postdocs are welcome to attend workshops and limited appointments are available for one-on-one fellowship advising sessions.

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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.

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PhD Career Training Platform by Beyond the Professoriate

PhD Career Training Platform by Beyond the Professoriate (formally Aurora) is an e-learning platform where graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies to secure employment in academia and beyond. Through two programs of study in Aurora – Faculty Careers and Professional Careers – students are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs.

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Postdoc Opportunities Board

The Postdoc Opportunities Board is a free resource to help find postdoc positions where you will thrive and succeed. The board features positions at 17 world-leading institutions across ten different states. Visit the site to find: postdoc positions, career advice, funding information, institution profiles, and recruitment events.

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Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

The Searle Center organizes programs and workshops that help enhance your teaching and develop new teaching and in-classroom strategies. Searle also provides workshops on writing teaching statements for graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing a career in academia.

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The Postdoc Portal

The Postdoc Portal offers advanced graduate students and current postdocs searching for their next position the chance to connect directly to faculty, research groups and centers at universities and research labs across the country in STEM. With an account and a submitted profile, users are automatically matched to all the profiles and job postings, based on shared areas of research interest. Users can also browse and search though all postings in the Portal.

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The Writing Place

The Writing Place is Northwestern’s center for peer-writing consultations. A Writing Place consultant can help you at any stage of the writing process, from talking about ideas to developing a plan to revising and editing a draft. Consultations are free and available to anyone in the Northwestern community.

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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. All of the invaluable resources that provided are still within Firsthand—premier employer profiles, rankings and reviews, field of study/occupational insights and guides, and career preparedness training and materials.

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Northwestern encourages and supports employees tending to their well-being, so they thrive professionally and personally as whole people. Well-being can be described as a state of being healthy and judging life positively and is vital to living a fulfilling life, but it is also multifaceted. A variety of services and resources are available to help support your well-being journey.

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