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Paths to Employment

There is no single Northwestern direction.  A Northwestern Direction is a journey that each one of us creates and defines.  Beyond being a dynamic learning organization, Northwestern employs a dynamic and diverse mix of faculty and staff who work proactively to ensure that the University is a special place to work. 

Apply now to set your own Northwestern Direction!

Temporary staff positions

Looking to jump start your career? Seeking a short or long-term assignment? Northwestern offers a variety of temporary opportunities to support increasing business demands, leaves of absence, special projects, seasonal peaks, and more. Temporary opportunities can be a great way to get your foot in the door and build your Northwestern network. 

Temporary Job Positions

Staff positions

We have full and part-time staff benefit eligible positions available in a variety of career paths across all of our schools and business units.

External Applicants

New or returning to the Northwestern community? Check out our current openings.

Current Openings

Internal Applicants

Are you seeking to grow or progress your career within Northwestern? Take a look at available opportunities.

Available Opportunities

Learn more about staff positions at Northwestern.

Internal Employee Questionnaire

HR Talent Acquisition has launched a new Internal Employee Recruitment QuestionnaireThis questionnaire is designed to provide Northwestern staff direct access to Talent Acquisition for support in a number of different areas including resume writing assistance, interview coaching, career and networking opportunities.


Faculty positions

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. The excellence of our faculty is critical to Northwestern’s position as a leading research and teaching university. Do you show outstanding potential or accomplishment in scholarship?

Learn more about faculty positions

Postdoc positions

Are you looking to continue or grow your career supporting university research? Individuals holding a doctoral degree who are engaged in mentored research and/or scholarly training – this is the place to view!

See Open Positions 

Unpaid intern & volunteer positions

Looking to gain real world exposure or looking to get your foot in the door at one of the top universities? Please contact the department directly for which you would like to intern/volunteer.

Jobs for students

Looking for a student position? Check out the Northwestern Career Advancement Center (NCA)! NCA is a career development and preparation resource we offer to help you jump start your career.

Northwestern Career Advancement Center

Work-Study program

Work-Study is a financial aid program that allows an undergraduate student to work on-campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college expenses. To read further about the Work Study program job listings, visit our jobs page. 

View Work Study Jobs

Handshake (formerly CareerCat)

The new Handshake replaces NCA’s former system, CareerCat. Handshake is our career platform that we provide to both students as well as alumni and postdocs as another career search resource!