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We are seeking self-motivated, high-energy students with a real passion for technology to join our team.

Research Computing Student Consultant

  • Department: Northwestern IT Research Computing Services
  • Eligibility: Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students
  • Base Wage: $15/hr. Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Deadline to Apply: Please see the deadlines in the application link below.   

Northwestern IT Research Computing Services is looking for undergraduate or graduate students consultants to support computational and data-driven research at Northwestern.

We are a team of research facilitators with diverse backgrounds and skills in high performance computing and data science. We work together with IT partners to help Northwestern faculty and students perform computational research across a wide breadth of research areas. As a part of our group, you will experience a broad range of paradigms in scientific computing and develop new technical, consulting and teaching skills.

The student consultant responsibilities include but not limited to helping researchers identify appropriate computing/data storage resources, troubleshooting technical issues in computational workflows, collecting and analyzing metrics for our computing cluster and developing reports, preparing training materials and contributing to projects to improve research computing services.


The candidates are expected to have strong written and verbal communication and ability to work at least 10 hours per week. Depending on your interests and knowledge, the position can involve the use of one or more of the skills listed below:

  • Linux environment and software installations
  • A scripting language such as Bash, Python, Java, Lua, Julia, Perl, or Ruby
  • A statistical analysis program (such as R, Stata, SAS, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Parallel computing, MPI, or OpenMP
  • GPU computing or CUDA programming

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Student Video Specialist

  • Department: Media and Technology Innovation
  • Number of Open Positions: n/a
  • Base Wage: $12.50
  • Deadline to Apply: Always accepting resumes 

As key members of the Media and Design team, Student Video Specialists work on video, audio, animation, and graphics projects for clients across Northwestern. As a part of our team, you will develop and learn new skills in media creation. Students of all years are welcome to apply! You should have interest and skill in at least one of the following areas: video production, video post-production, animation, graphic design, lighting, cinematography, and photography.

Summary Responsibilities
Media & Design Production
  1. Post-production for media including, but not limited to, live events, promotional videos, and Massive Open Online Courses.
  2. Serve as a production assistant, camera operator, or other duties in the studio or on-location.
  3. Comply with Northwestern University and Information Technology policies, procedures, and standards of ethics and integrity.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  1. Familiarity with programs like Adobe Premiere and Photoshop
  2. Possess excellent attention to detail
  3. Ability to work 8-12 hours per week

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  1. Freshman or Sophomore with a desire to increase their skill in production and post-production
  2. Experience with video production environment
  3. Ability to troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  4. Skill in design or animation
  5. Ability to lift at least 20 lbs of equipment for on-set production

To apply, please submit Student Video Specialist Job Application form to

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Audio/Visual Student Technician

  • Department: IT Audio/Visual Technology and Services
  • Number of Open Positions: Rolling hiring
  • Base Wage: $13*
  • Deadline to Apply: Always accepting resumes

We are seeking diverse students who enjoy exploring technology and have a passion for customer service to join our AV Technical consultant team.

In this role, you will guide clients in the operation of presentation and conferencing systems in supported spaces, collaborate to solve complex problems, and engage in service improvement initiatives to enhance customer experience.

This is an opportunity to work on a highly diverse team to assist a wide range of professors and departments across the university. You will develop a broad range of technical skills, soft skills and potentially leadership skills applicable to any future career choice.

Summary Responsibilities
  1. Provide technical support for Northwestern students, faculty, and staff in NUIT supported technology spaces across Evanston and Chicago campuses. Manage and resolve critical customer incidents, requests, and escalation.
  2. Deliver proactive and efficient customer service, such that users receive the help they need, and are better equipped to independently solve problems.
  3. Attend regular training sessions to gain required knowledge for technical troubleshooting, receive information on organizational policies and procedures, and to improve customer service skills.
  4. Provide routine quality checks and maintenance of A/V equipment.
  5. Leadership opportunities available. 
  6. Comply with Northwestern University and Information Technology policies, procedures, protocols and standards of ethics and integrity.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  1. Possess superb communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  2. Willingness to learn Audio/Visual and computer technologies.
  3. Ability to work minimum 10 hours per week.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  1. First or second year student with a desire to work in a customer focused work environment.
  2. Some experience in a customer support role.
  3. Some experience with any A/V presentation technology.
  4. Proven knowledge of computing technologies (e.g., Windows, macOS, iOS, Android).

*Technician Consultant base wage is $13 per hour. Consultants are reviewed twice during the academic year with opportunities for raises. In addition, consultants have multiple opportunities for advancement toward roles requiring heightened responsibility and increased pay. There are also opportunities for summer employment.

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Strategic Communication Student Specialist

  • Department: Northwestern IT Communications
  • Number of Open Positions: One; Hiring for October 2021 Start
  • Base Wage: $13.50
  • Deadline to Apply: Always accepting resumes

The Northwestern IT Communications team is seeking a self-motivated, high-energy student with a passion for marketing, strategic communication, and digital storytelling. The student will directly support the communications team as they develop and implement a comprehensive, campus-wide communication and marketing strategy that raises awareness for Northwestern IT’s services, initiatives, and priorities, all in support of the University’s ambitious mission and strategic priorities.

Summary Responsibilities
  1. Assist with the management of Northwestern IT’s social media accounts with a focus on Facebook, Twitter, and eventually Instagram; work will include editorial calendar management; content ideation, creation, and execution; and analyzing and reporting metrics.
  2. Draft editorial content for a variety of communication vehicles, including the Northwestern IT website and e-newsletter, as well as the Digital Learning website.
  3. Provide pre-, on-site, and post-event support, as needed, for Northwestern IT departments (Research Computing Services, Teaching and Learning Technologies, etc.) offering consultations, workshops, and other events.
  4. Comply with Northwestern University and Information Technology policies, procedures, protocols, and standards of ethics and integrity.
  5. Other duties as assigned.
  1. Ability to work 12–15 hours per week
  2. Background in strategic communication, public relations, marketing, journalism, social media, or relevant field is preferred
  3. Possess superb communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and analytical skills
  4. Superior writing and editing skills
  5. Solid understanding of social media marketing; experience with Sprinklr a plus
  6. Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  7. Demonstrate organizational and planning skills
  8. Experience in web design, podcast creation, and video recording is a plus

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and your schedule availability to This position is flexible, but advance notification of schedule changes, time-off, and vacations is much appreciated.

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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