Career Paths & Internships

Careers in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Students majoring or minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies have gone on to rewarding careers in law, medicine, education, journalism, business, advocacy work, and the arts. Many of our students have won prestigious Coro Fellowships in Public Affairs, secured teaching placements through the Teach for America program, or gone onto graduate school, law school, or medical school upon completing their B.A. at Northwestern.

Field Studies in Social Justice

We are pleased to announce that the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program has partnered with the Chicago Field Studies Program to offer “Field Studies in Social Justice” in Winter 2014 for students interested in pursuing careers that focus on issues of gender and sexuality.

Chicago Field Studies merges academic study and career exploration by pairing a seminar class with an internship placement at an advocacy, public policy, non-profit, or social justice organization. Once accepted into the program, students receive individual career advising to help them identify and apply for internships that match their career interests.

The course, taught on the Evanston campus, connects academic theory to the advocacy, public policy, outreach and education work being done at Chicago-area organizations committed to social justice around issues of gender and sexuality and counts as one credit toward the Gender and Sexuality Studies major or minor.

Host Organizations

Organizations that have or would like to host interns include:

  • Center for International Human Rights
  • Center on Halsted
  • Chicago Abortion Fund
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Chicago Women's Health Center
  • Chicago Women's AIDS Project
  • Equality Illinois
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program
  • Lambda Legal
  • National Immigrant Justice Center, Asylum Project
  • OneGoal
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Project Nia
  • Upwardly Global
  • Women's Global Education Project

Find out more information on the Chicago Field Studies website.

Careers of Gender and Sexuality Studies graduates include the following:

Business and Industry

  • Account Executive, Mean Communications
  • Account Manager, Core-apps
  • Account Manager, QuickSchools, Inc.
  • Business Development Representative, NetSuite
  • CEO/Co-Founder, Preemadonna
  • Community Manager,
  • Director of Advisory Services, VML
  • Events Manager, Canvas Chicago
  • Executive Assistant, Bridgewater Associates
  • Executive Communications Manager, EMC
  • HR Operations Manager, Morningstar
  • Integration Coordinator, ADP
  • Manager - Brand Innovation, Constellation Brands
  • Marketing Manager, Uber
  • Merchandise Manager, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • MBA Student, Cornell University
  • National Regional Director, Enroll America
  • Owner, Pivot Boutique
  • Product Manager, BMO Harris
  • Production Manager, Meez Meals
  • Relationship Manager - Search and Staffing, LinkedIn
  • Research Associate, Slayton Search Partners
  • Senior Analyst, 360i
  • Senior Associate - Community Engagement, Allstate
  • Senior Marketing and Communications Associate, SmithBucklin
  • Senior Research Analyst, Ipsos
  • Senior Strategist, The Culinary Edge
  • Social Media Manager, Perfect Search Media
  • Strategic Alliances Manager, American Marketing Association
  • User Support Specialist, Northwestern University


  • Administrator/Diet Coach, Plan Z by Zola
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellow Resident, Highland Hospital
  • Global Health Program Assistant, Northwestern University
  • M.D. Student, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • M.D. Student, Feinberg College of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • M.D. Student, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Mental Health Therapist, Seattle Counseling Service
  • Neuropsychology Intern, Lindner Center of HOPE
  • Outpatient Therapist, John F. Kennedy Behavioral Health Center
  • Pediatric Social Worker, North Shore Pediatric Therapy
  • Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Pre-med Baccalaureate Student, Columbia University
  • Psychotherapist, Ginkgo Tree Counseling
  • Research Project Coordinator, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab, Northwestern University
  • Resident, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Resource Advocate, Broadway Youth Center
  • Visiting Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

Human Services

  • Client Social Work Intern, ServiceNet
  • Crisis Line Shift Supervisor, YWCA
  • M.S. School Counseling Student, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.S.W. Student, University of Michigan
  • Youth Engagement Associate, GLSEN


  • Academic Dean, Teach for America
  • Achievement Director, Milwaukee Academy of Science
  • Attendance Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
  • Assistant Professor in Anthropology, UC Merced
  • Communications Manager - Marketing, TNTP
  • Corp Member - Richmond, CA, Teach for America
  • Lead Curriculum Developer, Grand Canyon University
  • Library Assistant, Northwestern University
  • NYC Recruitment Team Member, SAGA Innovations
  • Paraprofessional Worker, Clarksville School District
  • Ph.D. Student - Comparative Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. Student - Comparative Studies, Yale University
  • Ph.D. Student - Philosophy, University of Michigan
  • Precollege Summer Teaching Fellow, Flatiron School of NYC
  • Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Reading Intervention Specialist, Young Scholars Douglass Elementary School
  • Rutgers Coding Bootcamp Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University
  • Senior Manager - Educator Professional Learning, Denver Public Schools
  • Teacher, KIPP DC


  • Assistant Editor, The Atlantic
  • Associate Editor - Digital Innovation, Refinery29, inc.
  • Associate Editor - Grub Street, New York Magazine
  • Associate Entertainment Editor - Teen Vogue
  • Communications Associate, National Council of Jewish Women
  • Communications Strategist, ACLU
  • Courts Reporter, Orlando Sentinel
  • Copywriter, Fokus Firm
  • Deputy Opinion Editor, The Daily Dot
  • Digital Copy Editor, Teen Vogue
  • Editor (News), Greatlist
  • Editorial Assistant, Entertainment Weekly
  • Editorial Assistant, Real Simple
  • Editorial Fellow, Sunset Magazine
  • Executive Editor -, Time Inc.
  • Features Editor -, Entertainment Weekly
  • Freelance Blogger - Huffpost Gay Voices, The Huffington Post
  • Freelance Writer and Founder, Dorderivative, LLC
  • Health Reporting Intern, The Sacramento Bee
  • Intern, Feminist Press
  • Intern, Lily's Talent Agent
  • Project Coordinator, Nieman, Inc.
  • Reporter, Eater
  • Senior Editor, Texas Monthly
  • Technical Writer, Zendesk


  • Account Coordinator, Potomac Management Resources
  • Annual Giving Manager, Field Museum
  • Development Associate, Public Art Fund
  • Development/Communications Coordinator, Friends of the Forest Preserves
  • Director of Medial Relations, National Association of Charter Schools
  • Education and Arts Justice Manager, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Genome Manager - Impact Genome Project, Mission Measurement
  • Leadership Development Fellow, Chicago Public Schools
  • Manager of Workforce Development, Growing Home, Inc.
  • Program Coordinator, Institute of Cultural Affairs
  • Social Media Project Facilitator, Project Reach Youth
  • Special Projects Manager, Everytown for Gun Safety

Law and Politics

  • A.M./M.P.P. Student, University of Chicago
  • Assistant Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Bureau
  • Assistant Special Legal Counsel, Office of Cook County President Toni Periwinkle
  • Associate, Dentons
  • Associate, Venable Law
  • Associate - Criminal Justice, Gibbons Law
  • Consultant and Debate Coach, Northwestern University Pritzer School of Law
  • Deputy City Attorney - Complex and Affirmative Action, San Francisco City Attorney's Office
  • Director of Security and Human Rights Program, Amnestly International
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • J.D. Student, University of Virginia
  • J.D. Student, University of Wisconsin
  • J.D./M.I.A. Environmental Policy and Management Student, Columbia University
  • Legal Administrative Assistant, ACLU - Reproductive Freedom Project
  • Legal Intern, Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
  • Marketing and Communications VISTA, Refugee Services of Texas
  • Paralegal, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Paralegal Specialist, FDA
  • Program Assistant, National Women's Law Center
  • Program Coordinator - The Restorative Justice Project, John Marshall Law School
  • Program Coordinator - Business Law Online Programs, Loyola University Chicago
  • Program & Organizing Director - CALPIRG
  • Project Assistant, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Project Assistant - Economic Justice Project, Sanctuary for Families
  • Senior Account Manager, The Campaign Workshop
  • Senior Associate (Supreme Court and Appellate), Orrick
  • Teaching Associate, Department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Entertainment and Arts

  • Artistic Director, ArteEast
  • Communications Associate, The New Victory Theater
  • Content Strategist, Flylabs, Inc.
  • Director - Southern Exposure Film Fellowship, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Director of Marketing, Vow to Be Chic
  • Editor, Smartbrief
  • House Manager, Writers Theatre
  • Intimate Apparel and Fashion Designer, Renegade Lingerie
  • MFA Candidate in Screenwriting and Film Directing, Columbia University
  • New York Bureau Chief - MTV News, MTV
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Communication Studies, University of Southern California
  • Producer, WVEC ABC 13
  • Program Coordinator, NBC Dateline
  • Response Inquiry Coordinator, Spherion Staffing
  • Senior Reporter for Competition, Law360
  • Talent Manager, Creative Management Entertainment Group
  • Web Designer, Boettcher Communications