The Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is a one-day shadowing program offering current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job in order to learn more about different professional fields. Students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts in order to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. With an increased focus on providing students with mentorship and career development opportunities, NEXT is a wonderful program connecting current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students with our global alumni community.

NEXT is an annual program, with alumni registration taking place October - November and the student application process open November - December. Most externships are held in March or April each year. NEXT registration is simple and convenient, as the process is also coordinated with the Mentorship Program:

Alumni Hosts

  • Alumni registration for this year's program will open October 28, 2019.
  • Alumni who have registered for NEXT will receive more information via email after student registration closes.
  • If you are unable to host a student this year but you are interested in participating in the future, please fill out this interest form
  • If you registered for NEXT last year, please note that you will need to login to access, review, and register your externship for this year's program.
  • If you don't remember which email address you used to login last year, please email

Student Externs

  • Please keep in mind that it takes 1 to 2 business days for the NAA to approve your account before you can start searching for externships.
  • The application period will open on Tuesday, November 19.
  • Please submit your applications by Friday, December 6.
  • If you're already a member of the Mentorship Program you will log in using the same credentials and create a profile within the NEXT space.

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