Northwestern students from across the country shared their stories on the impact of mentorship. As part of this year’s NEXT program, students were provided with a unique job shadowing opportunity. Learn more about their experiences in these blogs:


NEXTernship: Becca Smith’s day with One Smooth Stone

“For the NEXTernship program, I shadowed Mark Ledogar, the Senior Vice President and Principal of One Smooth Stone, an event and communications agency outside of Chicago.” Read Becca's story. >>



NEXTernship: A day with Blaze Pizza’s co-founder

“I participated in the NEXTernship program at Blaze Pizza headquarters in Pasadena, California.  It was there I met and spent the day with Elise Wetzel, my alumni host and co-founder of Blaze.” Read Lisa Qu's story. >>



NEXTernship: A day with WE ACT for Environmental Justice

“When I first got in touch with my host, I was unsure of what to expect. She and I had pretty different backgrounds, tied together by Northwestern roots, but in somewhat different fields.” Read Megan Troy's story. >>



NEXTernship: A day with Quantum Secure

“For the NEXTernship program, we shadowed Vik Ghai, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Quantum Secure; a physical identity, security and access management company in the heart of Silicon Valley.” Read Ahsan Rehman and Michael Caputo's story. >>


NEXTernship: A day with National Geographic

“I walked into National Geographic expecting to learn about PR. I actually learned about PR, book publishing, photo copyright, children’s literature, media moments, and the Pope. National Geographic is a truly unique organization; it is a media and a news company, of course, but it also funds research and innovation and keeps such a cooperative relationship with scientists that you know you can trust their facts.” Read Jordan Harrison's story. >>



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