As a participating student, you are able to search available externships by company, location, and/or professional fields. To apply, you’ll need to submit a personal statement and anonymous resume for each externship opportunity. Only current Northwestern students are eligible.

NEXT 2018 Timeline:

  • Alumni host registration: December 4, 2017 - January 5, 2018
  • Student application process: January 19, 2018 - February 6, 2018
  • Host ranking process: February 15, 2018 - February 26, 2018
  • Alumni and student matches announced: Week of February 26, 2018
  • What do student externs say about the NEXT program?

    "My NEXT experience allowed me to fully experience what a career in my field would be like, and I am grateful for that opportunity. It also allowed me to fully understand why I have been wanting this career, and motivated me to continue pursuing it." - 2017 NEXT Student

    I loved the effort put in by the people offering the externship, and the amount of passion they had for their jobs and making sure the students had a wonderful experience." - 2017 NEXT Student

    "It was great to actually see the realities of the field I want to get into. I also really loved seeing all the theory I've been gaining in the classroom actually play out." - 2017 NEXT Student

    "I learned the day-to-day responsibilities and skills needed to succeed as well as some of the industry trends and challenges facing my host's company. I was also able to obtain useful advice for future job search." - 2017 NEXT Student

    I enjoyed conversing with people who have succeeded, or hope to succeed in the near future, in careers I want to pursue. It was interesting to speak to both the head writers/showrunners and their assistants because they had different advice based on their experiences." - 2017 NEXT Student

    Interested in learning more about the NEXT program?

    For more information and detailed application instructions, please refer to our Resources page.

    Student questions? Contact or 847-491-3700.