Career Preparation

Career Preparation

At NU, we understand that your desire to earn a degree is only part of the story. You also want to enter a career. We're here to help you in a variety of ways. From career services, to internships, to leadership opportunities and more, you'll find staff, faculty, and programs all working together to open the door to your professional success.

Career Services

The Northwest University Vocation and Occupation Center (NUVO) serves students by helping them to discern their life calling. NUVO's experienced advisors will show you how your natural strengths can be best applied in a job setting. NUVO will help you form meaningful relationships with community businesses and organizations. And with NU's vibrant alumni community, you'll connect with an abundance of networking opportunities.

Other services offered by NUVO:

  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Mock interviews and interview coaching
  • Personality and interest assessments
  • Individual career counseling


Internships are a great way to get real-world experience in the job market. That's why at NU, over 85% of our students were involved in internships for the 2017–18 academic year. Students find that these internships help them apply all that they are learning in practical ways. It gives them the experience that employers are looking for. And it connects them with companies that may one day say, "You're hired!"

Over 85% of NU students had an internship in 2017-18.

Student Internship Placements

  • Costco
  • World Vision
  • Nordstrom
  • Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
  • Venture Real Estate Group
  • Highland Wealth Management
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • 180 Consulting
  • City of Kirkland Legislative Office
  • Olive Crest
  • Clocktower Media

Leadership Opportunities

At a large school, it's easy to get lost in the crowd. At NU, you'll find lots of opportunities to step forward, lead, and get noticed—from student government, to ministry opportunities, to a ton of campus activities. Stepping forward may seem a little daunting at first, but you'll do so in a supportive environment. And you might just discover strengths and abilities you didn't know you had.

Ways to Lead:

  • NU Student Government
  • Talon Student Magazine
  • Athletics
  • Improv
  • Drama
  • Small Groups
  • Residence Life
  • Urban Ministries
  • Music Ministries
  • Missions
  • Student Blog
  • Student Activities Board

Alumni Story

Getting an internship at Highland Private Wealth Management helped me get real world experience and connected me with influential business leaders in Bellevue. The skills, confidence, and connections I've built here will continue to pay dividends for the rest of my career. The Career Center at NU went above and beyond in helping me with my resume and my interview preparation. Thanks to their guidance and connections I have a job where I find joy and meaning.
Michael Greene, NU Alum

Identity and Vocation Courses

We offer entire courses with a singular goal: to help connect the person you are—your strengths, calling, passions, and personality—with the right vocation. The courses are designed to help you better understand who God has made you to be, and to align that identity with a career. You'll learn from the experience of various speakers. You'll discuss essential issues with classmates. And you'll gain greater clarity about the vocation that's right for you.

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