Internships are an important component of the student experience at Northwestern and are a vital part of a student's professional development and personal growth.

Internships are a key component of many Northwestern programs. Students are able to transform the knowledge and insights from the classroom into valuable work experience. 

Our Career Development office helps to connect students with businesses, organizations, and alumni to create valuable internship experiences.  Our professors often use their professional networks and experience to connect students with internship opportunities. 

In 2016 & 2017, employers recognized our student interns by highly rating their performance for integrity, teamwork, and a positive work ethic.
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Of our 65+ undergraduate majors, more than 80% require at least one internship to graduate. With optional extended semesters, Northwestern's interns may use extended semesters to accommodate employers' timelines while also meeting academic requirements.

Our Career Development team works with our employer partners to assist students in finding internships that prepare them with practical skills beyond their classroom work. 

How do our employers rate Northwestern interns? On a 5-point scale, our interns earned high overall ratings on these key criteria:

  • Positive work ethic - 4.4
  • Integrity - 4.5
  • Teamwork - 4.3
We hired 12 UNW interns in one semester; each of them completed his/her internship with excellence, and left the strong impression that UNW grooms students into transformational leaders in their fields. In fact, a couple of those interns became our full-time employees, and our clients made comments to senior leadership that those former UNW students were their favorite staff.
Recruiting Manager at MN Adult and Teen Challenge
We have been very pleased with [our Northwestern] interns…I was extremely impressed with their professionalism, commitment, and ability to produce high quality work both independently and on our team.
CEO of CareProfiler
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