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Northwest Missouri State University

Hunter McNelly

Hunter McNelly


Completed a sales internship that lead to a full-time sales job in summer of 2018. 

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Dr. Joy Daggs

Dr. Joy Daggs


Selected for the Plank Center Fellowship for Educators for Public Relations Educators in 2017 and assigned to Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI.

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Keri Daughenbaugh

Keri Daughenbaugh


Completed multiple internships and gained real-world experience to improve writing, professional presence and more.

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Profession-Based Learning

Profession-Based Learning

At Northwest, we strive to be a leader in profession-based learning, a set of experiences developed through industry and community collaborations and partnerships, preparing all Northwest students for life-long learning, in their careers and as citizens.

Profession-Based Curriculum

All Northwest students experience real-life, hands-on, problem-solving experiences. Whether through case studies with external and internal audiences, peer-to-peer learning, practicums or field experiences, Northwest strives for courses across the core and all major degree programs to implement these types of experiences.

Co-Curricular Integration

A significant amount of student learning occurs outside the classroom. Engagement in student organizations, service learning and the broader campus community, provide opportunities for students to work with diverse groups of people, develop vital citizenship skills and enhance career preparedness skills.

Learn about Co-Curricular organizations and activities at Northwest »

Internship Opportunities

Internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills developed in a professional setting. Internships help students make connections in professional fields and give employers the opportunity to guide and grow talent.

Capstone Experiences

Capstone experiences take the knowledge and skills students have developed during their course of study and apply them in a professional setting. The requirements are presented in a variety of formats, including project research and development, exhibitions of artistic endeavors and demonstrations of technical abilities.

Faculty Development Opportunities

Northwest faculty are encouraged to engage in formal and informal professional development opportunities such as assessment of curricular outcomes, training in best practices in their courses, as well as externships, where faculty embed themselves in outside organizations for periods of time.

Student Learning Spaces

Northwest is creating living and learning spaces that invite collaboration and emphasize project-based learning. Through learning studios and makerspaces, students connect as an interdisciplinary community and share resources and knowledge as they build and showcase their work in a learn-by-doing environment.

Learn more about the Academic Living Communities »

Professional Advisory Boards

Professional Advisory Boards, composed of industry professionals, assist in the development and maintenance of state-of-the art academic programs, the creation of profession-based learning opportunities and the overall advancement of academic units through strategic planning and fundraising.

How to get Involved

We are always seeking external partners to engage in our profession-based learning activities both in and out of the classroom. Interested in learning more? Fill out this form and we will be in contact to learn more about your interest.

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