Exploring Career Opportunities this Winter

Jump-start your job or internship search at the Winter Internship & Job Fair. Stop by the second floor of Norris from 12-4 p.m. on January 11 and 12 to network with potential employers. More than 90 employers from a variety of industries will attend over both days, with different employers on each day. The fair is open to all Northwestern students and alumni.


Application and hiring periods for industries like marketing, government, and education stay active in winter and spring, and you’ll see employers from each of these career fields at the fair. Other industries that have less of an on-campus presence in winter, such as finance and consulting, will also be represented. You can find a complete, up-to-date employer list in CareerCat, under the Events – Career Fairs tab.

Keep in mind that employers use different strategies and timelines for recruitment. Every industry has its own application and hiring cycle. Some employers, such as those in arts and culture and nonprofits, for example, are more likely to recruit through networking and posting opportunities in CareerCat, Northwestern Career Advancement’s central platform for career activity. 

Although NCA continues to receive internship and job postings throughout the year for many industries, the following tables provide general time frames for the most active timelines for internship and full-time recruitment.

A few job/internship search tips:

  • Stay active on CareerCat to ensure that you don’t miss an opportunity. Select your career interests when creating or updating your CareerCat profile and schedule a Job Search Agent to receive the career opportunities that you care about most.
  • Connect with your Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) career adviser to develop a job or internship search strategy early in the quarter.