Hire our students

Thank you for connecting with EPICS and Northwestern University’s School of Communication. Undergraduate students in seven majors along with graduate students in six master’s programs are looking to add value to your organization. Here are some ways to engage with them:

  • Post an internship, full-time, or freelance position in SoConnect.
  • Connect with students.  We offer multiple platforms for your organization.  These can include: Industry Connect nights (networking), EPICS Connections (speaker series), Masterclasses (themed, small-group speaker event), or treks.
  • If you are interested in participating in a career or internship fair, please contact Medill Career Services or Northwestern Career Advancement. Both offices host career fairs allowing employers to connect with students, recent graduates, and experienced alumni.

Internships and recruiting at Northwestern and with EPICS

Internships and other experiential learning opportunities can be valuable tools for students to connect classroom and real world.  EPICS actively encourages students to gain internship experience during their time at Northwestern. 

EPICS encourages employers to follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of an internship:
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Additionally, the US Department of Labor requires unpaid internships to meet the following criteria in order to be classified as an internship at a for-profit organization, private sector employer.  If these criteria are not met, interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  • The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Employers are encouraged to visit these external resources for help in creating an internship experience that is both positive for students and your organization:

Department of Labor Internship Regulations
NACE Principles for Employment Professionals
EEOC Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices
Department of Justice Employee Rights

All employers recruiting Northwestern University School of Communication students must abide by NACE guides, EEO regulations, and Affirmative Action principles. Those include:  Employers may not discriminate against a job applicant because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, or any other classes protected by local, state, and federal law.

Federal law also prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination with respect to hiring, termination, and recruiting or referring for a fee. 

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