This week’s Wildcat of the Week spotlight features Dan Skinner ’99, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
Dan is an active alumni volunteer for the Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT). Sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern Career Advancement, NEXT is a one-day shadowing program offering current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job.
Dan, who lives in Naperville, Illinois, has been involved in NEXT since 2007. He says he can't think of a better way for Northwestern students to explore a possible career path than to gain first-hand knowledge from alumni in their field of interest.
“My hope is that the experience and connections I can provide through the NEXT program will jump-start the careers of a new generation of talented NU alumni,” Dan says.
Dan hopes the mentoring partnerships he has developed can serve as a model for the NEXT program. In addition to NEXT, Dan will soon begin volunteering for NU for Life, a unique program dedicated to the professional development of Northwestern student-athletes.
Dan, who met his wife and many of his best friends at Northwestern, says he truly bleeds purple.
“Choosing to attend Northwestern is one of the best decisions I've ever made,” Dan says.