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Discover what you can accomplish after North Park.

1,000+ employers in the Career Hub database.
88% of 2016 graduates say the Career Development and Internship Office helped to secure employment.
34,000+ alumni in 54 countries.
120+ credit-bearing internships.

North Park graduates navigate lives of significance and service advancing into careers and shaping communities. Benefitting from a liberal arts education, our alumni are equipped to discover their own path as persons of character and to achieve success in a variety of fields and disciplines.

“92% of North Park grads are employed 2 years after graduation, with a median income above the national average.”

What can the CDIO do for you? We urge you to find out.

The success of North Park alumni is the result of a concerted effort to qualify each student for a career in his or her field of interest. This is a process that will begin on your first day at North Park and continues throughout the lifetime of your career.

Central to our efforts on your behalf is the University’s Career Development and Internship Office (CDIO).

88% of graduates credit the CDIO with propelling them to the right kind of job and steady advancement.

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Real experience leads to real jobs.

At North Park, we offer access to hundreds of business and nonprofit internship opportunities throughout the city.

Recent Internship Placements

  • YMCA of the USA
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Grub Hub
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • WGN-TV
  • ICM Properties
  • Peoples Music School
  • Christopher House
  • Coldwell Banker

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  • Associated Colleges of Illinois
  • WTTW
  • Athletico
  • Skokie Family Clinic
  • Autism Speaks
  • By the Hand
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Alumni Spotlight

Tyler Sandberg, Class of 2012

“Biology Alumnus Researches Zika Virus Vaccine as Part of PhD Program”

Before North Park, Tyler hadn’t thought much about becoming a researcher. He began his college career with the plan of going to dental school. To broaden his science background, he joined an NPU Biology research lab. “I was a student researcher with Dr. Schau and Dr. Rholl my final year at NPU and really loved working in the lab. It was a great opportunity to learn what full time research could look like.” This exploration led to a change in his career path.

Tyler moved to Sweden to continue his newfound passion in infectious diseases by earning a Master of Science in Immunology and Infection Biology at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet. He attributes his success to his experiences at North Park. “My professors at NPU were really invested in making sure I had a strong knowledge base to prepare me for graduate studies. All of my science courses at NPU gave me so much lab experience that really helped me later in master studies and lab work for my thesis.” Tyler worked on HIV-vaccine studies by looking at germinal center formation in lymph nodes, an essential step in antibody formation and protection against HIV.

After working for a year as a research assistant, Tyler was asked to start PhD studies and continue his research on vaccine development. His current research focuses on investigating novel vaccine methods for Zika virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus.

Now Tyler’s sights are set on continuing to work in academia. “I would ultimately love to teach and research at a university. Bringing the latest discoveries from the research field into the classroom is so important and greatly benefits the students.” His advice to current undergraduate students is simple: “Seek out your professors for advice about your classes and especially your life. They have so much experience and are more than willing to stop what they’re doing and take time for you as a student.”

The Biology Department is proud to have alumni like Tyler working throughout the world, sharing new discoveries with the greater scientific community.

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