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Professional Development

Industry Engagement

Effective leaders of creative enterprises don’t only have superb management skills, they also have a vast network of connections with people across organizations that can help them source ideas, acquire resources, sell concepts, and promote their work.

The M.S. in Leadership for Creative Enterprises is designed to help you develop these connections. We don’t just think it’s something you should do, we know it is something you must do. We help you accomplish this goal through multiple forms of experiential learning:

Speaker Events + Industry Immersion

Throughout the year, we engage with distinguished professionals in creative enterprises who share their career path, experience as a leader, and give advice to students interested in working in that sector. We also engage with media and arts organizations where you meet with people who can tell you how the industry functions, the current trends and challenges they face, and the knowledge and skills you will need to acquire in order to be successful.

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Creative Industry Internships and Applied Projects

The summer quarter of the MSLCE program is a culminating experience where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Students have the option of securing an internship for themselves,  or completing an applied project or thesis. These experiences provide valuable industry exposure that will give students a competitive edge when applying for full-time opportunities or starting their own enterprise. Check out our sample list of internship opportunities previously secured by MSLCE students.

Internships in Action


Paige Lester
Class of 2017
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.
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Professional Development and Career Coaching Resources

External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS)
The MSLCE program has dedicated staff from the School of Communications’ Office of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS) to assist in the development of students’ professional documents and to provide guidance during their internship and job searches. Students have access not only to professional development programs designed specifically for the MSLCE program, but also to those that EPICS organizes for the SoC, such as career workshops, company information sessions, and leadership journeys. Students also have access to the SoC’s career management system, a database that allows students to search for and apply to SoC-specific internships, practicum opportunities, full-time jobs, and freelance jobs.  Visit the EPICS website>>

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA)
Northwestern Career Advancement offers free career counseling catered specifically to graduate students. Career counseling is a confidential and supportive process through which you and your counselor work together to explore career options and make career decisions and can include discussing your strengths, areas of growth, and challenges. You will work at your own pace, on the parts of the career planning process appropriate to your needs. Students also have access to CareerCat, Northwestern’s central job/internship database, as well as the many job and internship fairs held throughout the year.  Visit the NCA website>>