Career Planning

The Bienen School of Music partners with Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) to provide an array of career planning services that can help you prepare for the next step in your musical career. The mission of NCA is to foster excellence in career development, preparation, and professional opportunity 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.

NCA provides counseling for those who are just starting to think about what their future career might be, and then helps students to locate resources and get feedback on their internship and job search materials. Specialized counselors in the performing arts and education serve as liaisons with the Bienen School of Music, and these full-time professionals also work with employers who contact Northwestern to get in touch with our graduates.

Northwestern Career Advancement
620 Lincoln St., Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-3700
Fax: 847-467-7778


To download the Bienen School Internship Application, visit the Forms section.

Each year, many students work in internships in both local and out-of-town organizations. Information on various opportunities can be found in the Resource Room and through the Internships page at Northwestern Career Advancement. Once you have settled on a project, please see Linda Jacobs, assistant dean for student affairs, for registration forms.

Recent Internship Sites

  • Ravinia Festival
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Chicago Opera Theatre
  • People’s Music School
  • San Diego Symphony Orchestra
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • Minnesota Opera Education Department
  • RipTide Music (Los Angeles)
  • Weigel Broadcasting (WCIU-TV Chicago)
  • Warner/Chappell Music (Los Angeles)
  • Disney World

Research & Fellowships

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides opportunities for undergraduates to complete independent projects, putting classroom course work and academic theory into practice. Programs are open to students across Northwestern without restriction by school affiliation or major. Office staff advise and prepare undergraduates on how to find opportunities, how to work with faculty, and how to write research grant proposals.

Office of Undergraduate Research 
1801 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-0499 

The Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University is an invaluable resource for those students who are looking at advanced graduate study or research opportunities beyond Northwestern. A comprehensive search engine and trained staff are available to help refine your search for fellowships that can help pay for graduate school or to conduct research around the world. Because many applications for fellowships require a large amount of preparation, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the resources available and then working with your teacher to find the career path that is right for you.

Office of Fellowships

1940 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Ph: 847-491-2617
Fx: 847-467-5746