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 open. Visit the Alumni Hosts page to register.
  • 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 interested in participating in the future, please email
  • If you registered for NEXT last year, please note that you will need to log in to access, review, and register your externship for this year’s program.
  • If you don’t remember which email address you used to log in 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 application 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.
  • Externships are typically held in March or April, often over spring break.

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