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Connecting UW Students and Employers

Gain Experience

Please note: If you are already in a major, your home career services office may have major-specific career resources to aid you in your search. Search by your major or career word for the appropriate career services office:

Haven't chosen a major? The Cross-College Advising Service and Exploration Center can help you find a fit.

Community & Volunteer Activities

Employers are looking for applicants who demonstrate experience and commitment of service to others through volunteer or community services activities. Community involvement is a great way to build your resume, and volunteer positions can be a great form of on-the-job training. There are a variety of ways to get involved in the community by volunteering on your own, as part of a class, with a group of friends, or as part of a program. The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects the UW-Madison campus and our community through volunteers, service-learning, and community based research. The Center for Leadership & Involvement has compiled a list of additional campus resources related to volunteering and service opportunities.

Develop a Career Network

Networking is an incredibly important part of searching for jobs and building careers. Community involvement is one of the best ways to make connections and foster relationships that do just that.

Enhance Your Education

One of the best ways to learn is through experience. What better way to gain experience than to work at an organization hand-picked to fit your needs and interests? Many educational experiences can't be taught in a classroom.


The ability to initiate, lead, problem solve, organize, and plan are important skills that can be gained and enhanced through involvement in a variety of service, extracurricular, professional, and life experiences. UW-Madison students may want to check out the various leadership opportunities sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Involvement including the Student Leadership Program (SLP).


The best way to show a potential employer that you are qualified for a position is to gain similar experience through an internship. Work with your career center to find an internship in your discipline, or check out research opportunities available through CfLI.

International internships help you develop the skills you need in order to remain competitive in today’s world. These competencies include the ability to adapt and work effectively in a variety of cultures and to effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Other outcomes include creativity, flexibility, agility, and resilience. To learn more visit the International Internships Program website.

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