Frequently Asked Questions

NCA is the centralized career office at Northwestern University serving all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.  Below are a sample of frequently asked questions and answers.  Please feel free to contact our office at for any additional questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved as an alumnus?

NCA welcomes participation by Northwestern alumni and parents. There are a variety of ways that you can assist NU students through our office.  To learn more about getting involved, please visit our Get Involved webpage

How do I plan an information session at Northwestern?

Check out our Information Session webpage for information about hosting an event on campus.

What type of career support is offered to the Northwestern University alumni community?

You can gain free access to our career platform, Handshake, attend webinars through the Northwestern Alumni Association, and join the virtual Our Northwestern community through a collaborative effort with the NAA to provide career resources to all NU alumni.  To get started, visit the alumni webpage

How do I start an internship program at my company?
The first step would be to gather information about how to create an internship through some of our online resources and to then connect your campus recruiting team with NCA.
How do I gain greater visibility on campus?

The first step to building your brand on campus is to register your company in Handshake, our career platform, to post job and internship opportunities. From there, you may reach out to students by meeting them in person at recruiting events, such as our career fairs or information sessions. If an employer hosts an event with NCA (information session, coffee chat, lunch and learn, etc.), they will automatically receive some level of marketing support alongside other employers hosting on-campus events. If you’re looking for more targeted social media and marketing support, please see more information about our corporate sponsorship program.

How far in advance do I need to schedule a recruiting event with NCA to receive marketing/social media promotion?

NCA requires at least two weeks of lead time to include your event in our weekly email to students, as we often prepare and program communications weeks in advance. If we learn of an event any later than this (or if information about the event changes during this timeframe), your event may not be included in NCA weekly email communications. In this case, we still welcome you to Tweet information of your event to @NUCareerAdvance, and we’ll do our best to Retweet it. For more information about scheduling events, please see our information sessions page.

How do NCA email communications work?

NCA sends a weekly email to all Northwestern students, typically every Sunday. The Sunday email lists every employer event on campus that has been registered in our system for the next week. Due to the large number of employer events on campus, NCA does not send dedicated emails or e-flyers about individual job/internship opportunities or recruiting events (information sessions, etc.).