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Career Development

Careers in Sound Arts and Industries

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 to partner with you as your explore careers in sound and the opportunity to play a role in your career development.


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 exploration of careers in sound and career development throughout your time as a student through resources like the following:

Career Coaching
Sound MA students have access to 1:1 career coaching through EPICS. Coaching appointment topics include resume development, cover letter reviews, internship and job search strategy, interviewing, networking, or any other topic related to career development.

Distinguished alumni and professionals from various industries are invited to talk about their careers and current trends in their area of expertise.

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.

An important component to the Sound MA program is the experiential learning requirement. Students in the program are asked to complete a minimum of 120 experiential learning hours during summer quarter of the program via an internship or thesis while enrolled in an online career development 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.

Contact Us

Feel free to connect with us regarding questions you have about career development. Email

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.