Northwestern Externship Program

Northwestern Externship Program

The Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is a one-day shadowing program offering current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job to learn more about a variety of professional fields. Students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. Most externships are held in March or April each year.

Alumni Hosts

  • Alumni registration for this year’s program is now closed. Visit the Alumni Hosts page to learn more about being a host.
  • Alumni who have registered for NEXT will receive more information via email after student registration closes.
  • If you were unable to host a student this year but are interested in participating in the future, please email
  • Registration for next year's program will begin in October 2020.

Student Externs

  • Student registration for 2020 is now closed. Visit the Student Externs page to learn more about participating as an extern.
  • All degree-seeking students are invited to participate as externs in this annual program.
  • Externships are typically held between February-May, often taking place during spring break in March.
  • Registration for next year's program will begin in November 2020.

NEXT is co-sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern Career Advancement.