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Undergraduate students have a world of opportunity and EPICS is here to guide you from backpack to career. By engaging Northwestern’s connections and communities In Evanston, Chicago, and the world, EPICS empowers students to create experiential opportunities during their time on campus. Whether attending an EPICS speaker series, participating in one of the 17 innovative module learning communities, completing an internship, or coming on a career trek, EPICS is your partner for success.

Career Coaching

EPICS provides empowering, focused coaching to a diverse group of academic programs within the School of Communication. EPICS career coaches are here to help students unlock their potential and develop professionally. Whether acting as a consultant to review resumes or offering strategies for a successful job search, coaching relationships can help students move through their career journey. EPICS offers career coaching to any students within the SoC. 

Appointments can be made through SoConnect.  Any undergraduate student interested in one-on-one career appointments should refer to Handshake and make an appointment with Northwestern Career Advancement.


Internships build lifelong skills to help you move your career forward. Wherever you are in your academic journey, internships add to your resume. Want to enroll in an internship class and register your experience for college credit? It’s easy with EPICS. 

  • Any SoC student can register their internship experience.
  • SoConnect should be the first place you begin your internship search. You can also utilize Handshake, Northwestern Career Advancements career portal.  
  • Once you secure an internship, speak with your Academic Advisor and then complete the online registration form through SoConnect.
  • Here’s an overview of the number of hours and credits you can earn during the academic year:
    • 8 – 15 hours/week for one quarter = 1 credit
    • 16 – 23 hours/week for one quarter = 2 credits
    • 24 – 31 hours/week for one quarter = 3 credits
    • 32 – 40 hours/week for one quarter = 4 credits
    • Students also have the option to receive 0 or .25 credits for their internship (summer only):
      -Students can enroll in a 0 credit option over the summer. The experience will go on their transcript, and the organization will receive a letter indicating participation in a 0 credit program. Students do not attend class but are required to complete an internship evaluation at the end of the experience. Students have access to an Internship Instructor should they need assistance during their internship. There is no cost to participate.
      -If the internship host requires interns to receive credit, you can enroll in a .25 credit option, which fulfills the requirements of most organizations. Students do not attend the weekly class, but do submit some assignments and are in communication with the instructor during the experience.
  • Students can earn a maximum of 4 credits towards an internship
  • You can choose to receive fewer credits than you are eligible to receive. For example, if you work 20 hours a week, you can receive 1 or 2 credits.
  • If you have elected to receive credit for your internship, tuition will be charged for registration. Visit the Student Financial Services website for information about tuition rates during fall, winter, and spring quarter. 

Planning on doing an internship? Please review the SoC Internship Program Application Guide 2018 to learn how to register your internship and much more! 

SoC Internship Awards Program

Each summer, SoC majors can apply for the following internship grants made possible through the generosity of donors. These awards can help offset living expenses over the summer. Here are award programs that EPICS oversees:

  • The Hammerschlag Internship Award | This initiative is made possible by the generous donation of the Hammerschlag family, provides funding to students interning over the summer quarter in any city.
  • The Molotsky Internship Award | Because of the generous donation of Barbara Molotsky, the award provides funding to students to help defray the living expenses associated with interning outside of the Chicagoland area. This award is available during summer quarter.
  • The WCLV Internship Award | Robert Conrad has generously donated funds to provides funding for students interning over the summer quarter in any market. While all SoC students are welcome to apply, preference is given for students with internships in the radio industry.
  • The Bomback Internship Award was established in 2018 and is made possible through the generosity of Tema and Mark Bomback.  It is open to all SoC majors who obtain a summer internship in New York or Los Angeles.

How to Apply:

The application period for the above-mentioned internship awards are currently accepting applications through the University’s SES  One Form platform.  The application is a two-step process. You must first complete the General Application on the SES One Form if you have not done so already. After completing the General Application, you must complete the “SoC Internship Award Program” application, which will have different questions that the General Application. 

The EPICS | SoC internship award deadline is April 15.

For questions or more information about these award programs, please contact EPICS at

Career Treks

EPICS supports company site visits also known as “career treks” during the academic year. Each has a focus on the arts, theatre, communication, and other creative industries. Chicago-based treks are offered throughout the year and focus on connecting with professionals, discovering internship opportunities, and learning about company culture.

Additionally, undergraduate SoC majors can apply to the Global Media & Communications Seminar (GMCS). This trek, sponsored by the School of Communication in cooperation with the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Department of Media & Communications, features a combination of lectures and employer site visits that allow students to develop an understanding of and gain exposure to the global media and communications industries. This program has two components: a seminar class in Evanston followed by a week-long seminar in London.

Each day of the trek is typically structured with a morning lecture at LSE, one or two site visits, and a group lunch. Guest speakers may also be scheduled during the trek providing an overview of their career, current work, and the opportunity for dialogue with students. Site visits often include a panel presentations from staff with time for questions at the end.


EPICS plays a vital role in supporting the innovative modular curriculum for undergraduate students. Modules are highly focused programs aimed at helping undergraduate students develop professionally. While in the modules, students complete coursework, co-curriculars, and a capstone project. Additionally, several modules have mentorship boards consisting of industry professionals. The goals of these communities are to help students bridge classroom theory and practice. Learn more about the 17 modular learning communities.