The Career Development Center (CDC) has been transformed into the Compass Center for Career & Calling. The mission of the Compass Center is to equip students to navigate their futures and to embark on Christ-centered work for the common good. In addition to the outstanding career services formerly provided by the CDC, this new center provides enhanced internship opportunities and support, expanded connections to the alumni network, and increased integration with academic and co-curricular programs.

Strategically located in Ramaker Center across from Campus Ministry, the Compass Center reflects the conviction that faith and work go together—that finding one’s calling is a centerpiece of a meaningful life. Northwestern Network staff are also located in the center and are ready to link students with alumni for internships, mentoring and jobs.





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Kirsten Brue

Dr. Elizabeth Pitts

Director of Career & Calling


Kendall Stanislav

Director of Experiential Education


Kirsten Brue

Career Counselor


Amber Leusink

Administrative Coordinator


The Compass Center staff are available to help students discern their calling and navigate their career path—from their first day on campus to their last, and even after graduation. They also seek to be a resource for faculty and staff as they integrate vocational themes into classes, advising, and co-curricular programs.


Departmental Internship

Internships are a great way to add to your learning and get practical work experience prior to graduation. A successful internship experience can give you a big advantage in landing your first job.

Northwestern’s Compass Center for Career & Calling works with students to set up internships with local, regional and national companies and organizations.  Our office is also where you apply for approval of your internship experience.

Interns can receive academic credit for their experience if they get their internship approved before starting the experience. Students will be expected to keep a daily journal of their activities, read outside assignments given by their supervisor, and write a reflective academic essay or report at the end of the experience.



You can receive 2-12 academic credits for a departmental internship. (53 hrs = 1 credit)

If you have questions, please contact Kendall Stanislav in the Compass Center.



Request a transcript of your leadership and co-curricular activities

A co-curricular transcript is a document that will help you get the competitive edge for securing employment, internship opportunities, graduate school admission and scholarships. The co-curricular transcript will be a valuable asset for students as they seek to market themselves. 

The Co-Curricular Transcript is:

  • A document that complements your academic transcript by verifying your co-curricular involvement.
  • An official record of leadership accomplishments and involvement in student organizations, community/mission service activities, and professional/educational development programs.
  • A means of recognizing "out of class" learning, development and contributions
  • Used to supplement resumes and academic transcripts
  • By including the co-curricular transcript with a résumé, students can improve their marketability with potential employers or graduate schools.
  • You can review and print off your co-curricular transcript by going here!