March 9- 13th is Non-profit Week at NCA!

We’re calling all public policy, non-profit, and social mission driven Northwestern students to save the dates for Nonprofit Week: Live a life of purpose in government, education, cultural and social mission institutions (March 9-13). Throughout the week, Northwestern Career Advancement will bring you events and opportunities designed to help advance your future in these industries.

To make the most of the week, please be sure your CareerCat profile is complete with your updated graduation year, class level, major and career interest areas (community Service Social Justice, Educational Institutions and Teaching, Government and Public Policy, etc.). We also welcome you to stop in the Express Advising Center (Main Library, Second Floor, Core) Monday-Friday between 2-4 p.m. next week for help polishing your resume/cover letter before Nonprofit Week begins.

Our menu of opportunities includes:

Nonprofit Chicago Career Trek
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00-4:00p.m.
All students are invited to apply to join Northwestern Career Advancement and the School of Education and Social Policy on our Nonprofit Chicago Career Trek! Get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work at an organization such as the Environmental Law & Policy Center, while connecting with Northwestern alumni and industry professionals. To apply, please email your resume to Effie Loukas at by March 6th at noon. More details to follow after application!

Preparing for the Nonprofit, Policy and Government Internship/Job Search
Wednesday, March 11,
4:00-5:00 p.m., 620 Lincoln, Garden Level
Join NCA for a discussion on how to maximize your job search in nonprofit, policy, and government. This workshop with lay the groundwork for your search by identifying important resources, strategies, and career tips. You will leave with an action plan to make your search a success!

Careers in Global Health Lunch & Learn with NU Alum Lawrence Michel
Thursday, March 12, 12-1:30 p.m., Norris, Northwestern A
RSVP is requested in CareerCat (Events > Workshops)
Join Northwestern alum Lawrence (Larry) Michel (’84, ’88), the vice president of the Center for Leadership and Management at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to learn about careers in global health, public health, and international non-profit work. MSH is a nonprofit international health consulting organization composed of nearly 2,500 people from more than 60 nations. Larry’s organization helps managers and leaders in developing countries create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact. We welcome you to hear his career story and learn about the industry!

Alumni Career Path Blog Series
Tune into the NCA blog to read about how fellow ‘Cats got their start in the nonprofit field. Guest alumni blog authors include:

  • MacArthur Antigua, Director of Alumni Engagement at Public Allies
  • Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager at the Pew Research Center
  • Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation
  • Peter Toth, Innovation Consultant at Foresight Design Initiative
  • Peter Skopec, State Director at The Public Interest Network

Job and Internship Emails Right To Your Inbox
Once your CareerCat profile is updated with your nonprofit career interests, you’ll receive biweekly emails from NCA featuring job and internship opportunities with organizations looking to hire Northwestern ‘Cats.

Alumni Mock Phone Interviews
Are you interested in having a mock phone interview with an alumnus within the nonprofit industry? Express interest by signing up in CareerCat and searching ID #109472.

Tweets: #CatsDoGood
Follow the hashtag #CatsDoGood throughout the week of March 9 for tips and job/internship opportunities Tweeted from our @NUCareerAdvance and @JobsforCats Twitter handles. Got a tip of your own or want to share your experience during Nonprofit Week? Tweet at us!

Exam Relief Late-Night Breakfasts, 3/15 (Sunday), 10pm-12am, Sargent & Allison

On the eve of finals (Sunday, March 15), Residential Services will be hosting late-night breakfasts for students who live on campus. From 10pm-12am, the dining halls will be open in Sargent and Allison and Sodexo will be serving up a full menu from eggs and pancakes to donuts and cereal, with plenty of bacon, hash browns, bagels, and muffins in between. Along with juice, there will be endless coffee. Res Services staff members will be on hand to chat with students, refill juice glasses, and circulate with extra breakfast pastries.

In addition, the dining halls in Sargent and Allison will be open as study spaces from 8-10pm. Coffee and beverages will be available during that window of time.

Consider applying for a $3000 stipend through the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP).

SIGP applications are being accepted through Tuesday, April 7, 2015. In addition to the $3000 stipend, SIGP provides undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships this summer career development support from Northwestern Career Advancement.

Who is eligible?
Any Northwestern undergraduate student who meets all of the following criteria:
-A current student who will be enrolled for at least fall quarter of the following academic year and is a degree seeking student
-Pursuing an internship in a traditionally unpaid field or role
-Receiving 0.25 or less credit for the summer internship
-Not receiving any money from the employer or other funds from Northwestern
-Has an internship secured by May 30

For an overview of the application process and more information, we invite you to Visit the SIGP website.
If students have specific questions, please direct them to contact

SIGP 2015 Flyer

Increase your chances of getting your Summer Undergraduate Research Grant application funded.

Get individual feedback on your proposal:

Saturday, February 28 @ 3:00 p.m. Facebook Event

Saturday, March 7 @ 3:00 p.m. Facebook Event


Use our online resources:

Summer URGs provide $3,000 stipends for 8-week independent projects.

Application deadline: March 13, 2015.

Read about Summer URGs from Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

Psychology 314: Special Topics in Psychology: In Search of the Engram

Spring 2015
Psychology 314: Special Topics in Psychology: In Search of the Engram
Thursdays from 9-11:50 am; Swift Hall Room 231
Taught by Professor Aryeh Routtenberg
This course will review the original writings of Hebb and his teacher Lashley in the late 1940s on the neurological basis of memory which will lead into more recent research including how their insights of the 40’s have been applied and understood in the context of modern imaging methods applied by Tonegawa and others up to 2015. Background in neuroscience or biological science recommended.

Career Programs, Information Sessions and Events

Careers in Education Panel & Discussion 
Tuesday, February 24, 7-8 p.m.; Norris, Rock Room 
RSVP required in CareerCat (Events > Info Sessions)
Join alumni from Teach For America and Northwestern’s Master of Science in Education program to learn more about the wide variety of pathways you can pursue in the field of education – teaching, nonprofit work, educational technology, administration, etc.

Information about alumni panelists:
Brittany Croone is a 2013 McCormick alum and currently serves as a Special Educator at Perspectives High School of Technology.

Dr. Timothy Dohrer is director of the Master of Science in Education Program here in SESP at NU. He has a master’s degree in English from Northwestern (1995) and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University (1999).

Chris Moy graduated from Northwestern in 2007 and currently serves as a teacher, grade level chair, and network teacher leader for elementary science in Chicago Public Schools. This will be his seventh year of teaching, and he remains in his Teach For America placement school.

Nadija Rieser is a 2012 WCAS alum. After teaching with Teach for America Chicago, she joined eSpark Learning as a New Partnerships Associate.

Lindsey Snyder is a 2009 graduate of the Northwestern M.S.Ed. program. She currently works as the director of Informal Science Services at the Illinois Science Teacher Association.

Summer Internship Grant Program Information Sessions and Drop-In Hours
Thursday, February 26, 4-5 p.m.; Norris, Northwestern Room
Wednesday, March 4, 12-4 p.m.; 630 Lincoln St. (drop-in hours)

Are you seeking financial support for an unpaid internship this summer? Join NCA to get an overview of The Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) and the application process. SIGP provides a $3000 stipend to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships this summer and offers career development support from Northwestern Career Advancement. Applications accepted through Tuesday, April 7.

Coming Soon! Nonprofit Week: March 9 – 13th
Live a life of purpose in government, education, cultural and social mission institutions 
Calling all public policy, non-profit, social mission driven students! Ready to learn from fellow ‘Cats, explore career opportunities and advance your future in these industries? Save March 9 – 13th for Nonprofit Week. Each day of this week there will be events and opportunities including: Chicago career trek to visit employers, alumni lunch and learn, job hunt strategies, alumni career path stories and even internship/job postings right to your inbox. More details to come in the next Friday email.

Graduate and Academic Program Information Sessions and Resources

Master of Science in Law Information Session Webinar
Friday, February 27, 12 p.m.
The Master of Science in Law (MSL) is a one-year master’s program for STEM-graduates and professionals offered by the Northwestern University School of Law. The MSL provides focused, business-centered legal training in the areas of intellectual property/patents, entrepreneurship/business law, and regulation, with full- and part-time options. Join the webinar to learn more about the MSL and to ask questions. Open to undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields and post-docs in STEM fields. No RSVP required. For more information about the MSL, please visit the website.

Webinar Instructions: 
Please join the webinar using either your computer or your telephone:
Phone: Dial +1 (312) 878-3080
Access Code: 229-242-453

 Remote exam proctoring for students with summer internship/spring final schedule conflicts 
If you have a summer internship that begins before final exam week ends this spring (June 8-12), talk with your faculty members or NCA career advisors about options for exam proctoring. Students have taken final exams remotely for a fee at testing centers such as Sylvan Learning Center or Kaplan Test Prep, an option conditional on individual faculty member approval.

Best wishes for career success,
Northwestern Career Advancement

Summer Funding for Mentored Research or Creative Projects–2015

Summer Funding for Mentored Research or Creative Projects–2015

If you are thinking about a summer research or creative project and know of a faculty member who might be willing to supervise it, you can apply for financial support. Both Northwestern’s Office of Undergraduate Research (URG) and the School of Communication administer Summer Undergraduate Research Grants for up to $3000 to cover research and living expenses for full-time summer projects. But you need to follow up on this soon, the deadline for proposals is March 13, 2015.

Typical projects include working on some aspect of a faculty member’s research, serving as production assistant, conducting a content analysis, or searching an archive.  Other types of research or creative activities could certainly meet program requirements.  However, SoC summer grants cannot be used to cover production or performance expenses, which are funded by programs administered through SoC departments. Your faculty advisor for the project should be an NU faculty member, but their appointment need not be in the School of Communication.

Prepare your application according to NU Office of Undergraduate Research criteria for summer grants at this link:

Proposals that are not funded through the campus-wide Office of Undergraduate Research program will be considered for SoC funding if they were submitted prior to the campus-wide deadline and reviewed.

Read more about the School of Communication summer URGs at this link, scroll down to SoC Summer Grant Awards: