Career Development

The MA in Sound Arts and Industries program is committed to helping you turn the skills you develop into tools you can use to advance your career. We are excited about the opportunity to play a role in your career development.

EPICS

The Office of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS) empowers students to develop their career strategy and engage in the global marketplace. Housed within the School of Communication (SoC) at Northwestern University, EPICS is here to support you with your career development throughout your time as a student.

The MA in Sound Arts and Industries program has an dedicated EPICS Liaison whose office is located in the Sound Tank and their role is to develops events and services specific to this program. They include:

Career Coaching
Sound MA students have access to 1:1 career coaching with a dedicated staff member from the Sound Arts and Industries EPICS staff. Coaching appointment topics include resume development, cover letter reviews, internship and job search strategy, interviewing, networking, or any other topic related to career development.

Speaker Series
For the Sound MA Speaker Series, we bring distinguished alumni and professionals from various industries to campus to talk about their careers and current trends in their area of expertise. The Sound MA Speaker Series is open to all Northwestern students.

Treks
Treks are company site visits in and around the Chicagoland area. They provide students with the opportunity to visit an organization and gain an insider’s perspective into the sound industry through interactions with leading professionals.

Masterclasses
Throughout the year we welcome industry professionals to lead a masterclass on sound-related topics. In the past we’ve had masterclasses on sonic branding, circuit-bending and music production, and voiceover.

Career Development Workshops
Career development workshops are offered quarterly and focus on both general and industry-specific career skills including resume and cover letters, professional writing, networking in person and online, building a professional website, documenting sound projects, developing your personal value proposition, internship and job search strategy development, and interviewing.

Internships
An important component to the Sound MA program is the experiential learning requirement. Students in the program must complete a minimum of 160 experiential learning hours during summer quarter of the program via an internship or thesis while enrolled in an online internship course. Learn more about internships.

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA)

Another resource is Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA). The mission of Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is to foster excellence in career development, preparation, and professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni by providing comprehensive services and programming and by promoting strong partnerships with employers, academic departments, and the university community. Learn more about NCA.

Job Boards

In addition to gaining access to the vast network of jobs available to Northwestern University students and alumni through NCA’s CareerCat, you will also be able to use SoConnect, a career management system focused specifically on jobs in the sound industries. These jobs are carefully curated by the EPICS office (External Programs, Internships, and Career Services) to make sure they are up to date and tailored to fit you.

Contact Us

Feel free to connect with us regarding questions you have about career development. Email sound@northwestern.edu.

If you are a company or organization interested in working with the MA in Sound Arts and industries students, faculty, or staff please connect with us.

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