Welcome to SPS Career Resources

In addition to offering career advising, SPS Career Services works with the Northwestern University community and employers to provide opportunities and resources which promote the professional development of our students and alumni.

Career Advising

SPS degree-seeking and certificate students are encouraged to discuss their career goals with their academic advisers. SPS academic advisers are available to help with job search strategies, resume review, and provide program-tailored career advice.

Career Checklists

Please use the Career Checklists below as a guide for your career advancement during your time at SPS.

Undergraduate Career Checklist

Post-baccalaureate Career Checklist

Graduate Career Checklist

Career Resources

Northwestern University Career Tools (Require NetID login, or were created by Northwestern)
CareerCat- CareerCat is Northwestern University’s online internship and job database.

CQ Interactive- This interview preparation resource includes math drills, interactive cases and more.

Enhance Your Career- Northwestern Alumni Association has the career resources and the network to support you, whether you’re looking for an event, expert advice, or a valuable career connection.

Our Northwestern- Our Northwestern is an online database of NU Alumni for informational interviewing and networking purposes. Search by industry, occupational area, graduation date, and more.

VMock- VMock is an online resume preparation platform. VMock allows students to upload a resume and receive a critique of both the format and the content of the resume.

Career Insider (Vault)- Career Insider (Powered by Vault) is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.

Hoovers- Hoovers online promises to deliver comprehensive insight and analysis about the companies, industries and people that drive the economy, along with the powerful tools to find and connect to the right people to get business done.

WetFeet- WetFeet is a trusted source of the most up-to-date online career information.  WetFeet offers the following: company profiles and interviews, career and industry profiles, career advice articles, and more.

Uniworld- Uniworld is a directory of American firms operating in foreign countries and foreign firms operating in the U.S.

Startup Resources- Startup Resources is an online resource that helps candidates identify what startup employers look for when recruiting talent. Content covered includes resume and cover letter tips, strategies for entering the startup space, and company case studies.

General Career Tools
Glassdoor- Glassdoor is an online career website where students can look up company reviews, salary information, job postings, and interview questions and questions.

LinkedIn Job Search - LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network, which can be used to build relationships and connect with opportunities. Use LinkedIn Job Search to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, which can you insight and connections to gain an edge in your job search.

LinkedIn Salary - LinkedIn Salary which allows professionals to look up aggregate data about the salaries of other users with the same job in the same location to see how their own pay measures up.

Occupational Outlook Handbook- The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Idealist- The world's best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world since 1995.

Northwestern Career Advancement

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is a comprehensive career services office on the Evanston campus that provides an extensive range of advising, programming and resources to all Northwestern University degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Recent alumni have access to NCA for six months post-graduation.

NCA Social Media 

Information for Employers

SPS students and alumni are work-experienced professionals who are continuing their education with the goal of advancing, changing, or starting their career. The link below will direct you to a detailed listing of our Graduate and Undergraduate degree programs, as well as our Professional Development and Post-baccalaureate Certificate programs. View SPS Program Areas 

If you have questions about recruiting from one of our programs or would like to host an informational webinar, please contact the academic and career adviser for the specific program. View Academic and Career Advisers

Please find information below about CareerCat, Northwestern University’s primary online recruiting tool. A database reaching thousands of students and alumni, CareerCat is a great way to post employment opportunities at Northwestern. The link below provides instructions for creating a profile and posting a job on CareerCat. Post a Job or Internship

Marketing your company or organization to Northwestern students is an important part of your recruiting strategy. Northwestern Career Advancement provides varying levels of social media and marketing support to raise awareness and increase visibility of companies and organizations. Build Your Brand at Northwestern

Career Services Workshops and Career Events

Click the external links below to view SPS Career Services workshops in Adobe Connect.

Resume Fundamentals

Advanced Resume Writing Strategies

Cover Letters



The Networking Advantage

For upcoming University career fairs, please visit the Northwestern Career Advancement Events & Programs page.