Opportunities for application and practice on campus
There are many ways Digital Media Module students can gain valuable experience for application and practice. Some possibilities include:
- working in labs with faculty and graduate students on research projects,
- designing and implementing systems for on-campus organizations
- practical engagement seminars focused on specific applications or skills
Labs on campus
Professors at Northwestern conduct cutting-edge research in digital media and frequently look for undergraduate research assistants. More information about digital media research and relevant opportunities can be found on the following lab websites and/or by contacting affiliated professors (Note: this is not an exhaustive list).
- Social Media Lab
- Web Use Project
- Delta Lab
- Inclusive Technology Lab
- Community Data Science Collective
- Center on Media and Human Development
Opportunities for projects, practica, and internships off campus
Digital Media Module students seeking off campus experience can seek internships in relevant industry, governmental and nonprofit organizations. Many module faculty have contacts in these organizations and can help students establish connections.
Community Building Activities
Students and faculty affiliated with the Digital Media Module are invited to talks in existing relevant speaker series (e.g., MTS, TSB, SONIC, NICO), which all feature a regular program of experts in many aspects of digital media. Top students from the module (per faculty recommendation) may be nominated to meet with speakers in group meetings or over meals.
Capstone projects are presented at an annual poster session attended by module faculty and students, along with interested graduate students from TSB (Technology and Social Behavior) and MTS (Media, Technology and Society) programs, and relevant members of the NU and larger community.
A quarterly lunch meeting allows module students to meet with the module coordinator, advising staff, and one or two module faculty members. The purpose of these meetings is to update students on new courses and other goings on, allow them to ask questions, and provide a forum for informal faculty interaction.
There are a number of other opportunities and activities that are offered on a quarterly basis for module affiliated students, including panels on applying to jobs/graduate schools, field trips, and documentary screenings. Students interested in suggesting or organizing a module-related activity may contact the module fellow.