MFA, Documentary Media

The Office of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS) supports current students in our MFA, Documentary Media program.  A wide range of information regarding our services is below.

Have questions? Please contact EPICS Assistant Director, Todd Lillethun. Todd serves as the liaison to the MFA, Documentary Media program.


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Career Coaching

Students enrolled in the MFA, Documentary Media program have access to 1:1 career coaching with EPICS. Coaching appointments topics include resume/cover letter reviews, internship/job search strategy, offer-negotiation coaching and more.

Students can request an appointment with EPICS via SoConnect. Once logged in, click on the Coaching icon followed by the “Coaching Appointment” link to find available coaching appointments with an EPICS Career Coach. If no appointments are available, please email and we will get back to you with further options.

Beyond EPICS, Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is also available to offer career advising and other career-related services.


An important component of the MFA, Documentary Media program is the internship requirement. This requirement provides students with practical experience and industry exposure while giving them the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom into real world situations. It also serves as preparation for finding work in the profession after graduation and is an effective means of establishing professional career connections.

Examples of past internship sites include:

  • Cynthia Wade Productions
  • Facets Multimedia
  • Guy Bauer Productions
  • Kartemquin Films
  • Media Process Group
  • Ruthless Films
  • Seoul Broadcasting
  • VICE
  • WFMT: Studs Terkel Archive

EPICS facilitates internships through career coaching services with MFA students and developing opportunities within a wide network of employers in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles among other locations.

For additional information about the MFA, Documentary Media internship requirement, please view the links, below:

Programs + Events

EPICS offers a variety of programs and events for all SoC students throughout the academic year. For more information, see:

EPICS also offers programs and events specific to the MFA, Documentary Media program, including: