Monday, December 10, 2012

Internship of the Week: Discovery Niche & Outreach Intern @ Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Studying science? 

Enjoy being hands-on and interested in promoting the exploration, engagement and discover of science?

Consider the Discovery Niche & Outreach Intern position at 
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The Organization:
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a public-private initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary research and breakthrough discoveries to advance human health and well-being in the heart of UW-Madison. The state-of-the-art facility housing the institutes opened in December 2010 and serves as a hub for researchers to collaborate across scientific disciplines and for broader public interactions.

The Position
The Discovery Niche & Outreach Intern will support the Outreach Team in managing activities in the teaching labs and discovery niches. Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to help develop science outreach materials in a state-of-the-art facility and will have the chance to learn how to communicate effectively with different audiences.

The Details:
Location: Madison, WI (UW-Campus)
Time Period: Spring 2013 (ideally 3 consecutive semesters); 15-20 hours/week
Compensation: Not specified
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Desired Background: Science Field
Organization Contact: Maureen Miner
Organization Website:
BuckyNet ID: 56029

**Additional application requirements can be found on BuckyNet**

Application Deadline: January 2, 2013 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Internship of the Week: Intern @ Arc-Dane County

Are you passionate about equality and interested in working with Dane County families in need?

Looking to get hand-on experience in the non-profit world this Spring 2013 term?

Consider interning at Arc-Dane County 

The Organization:
The Arc-Dane County is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are offered the same opportunities, choices, rights and respect due all people in our community. We work toward these goals by offering an annual program of advocacy, education, social and community opportunities.

The Position:
-Interns can expect to learn about the operation of a small nonprofit and the initiatives we undertake to achieve our goals. 
-The intern will work with and be supervised directly by our executive director and members of the board’s executive committee. 
-Primary responsibility will be to help develop, implement and analyze a membership survey. 
-Other responsibilities may include work on social and fundraising events and membership services.

The Details:
Location: Madison, WI
Time Period: Spring 2013
Compensation: Stipend
Desired Background: Willingness to work with individuals with intellectual & development disabilities and their families. Some knowledge and experience in survey development and execution. Excellent organizational, communication and administrative skills are required.
Organization Contact: Paul Yochum, Executive Director,
Organization Website:
Internship Posting Locations: BuckyNet ID # 55789

Application Deadline: DECEMBER 29, 2012 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Internship of the Week: Corporate & Legislative Affairs Intern @ CUNA Mutual

Thinking law, public policy or social welfare? Consider interning with CUNA Mutual

The Organization:
CUNA Mutual Group is the leading provider of financial services to cooperatives, credit unions, and valued customers worldwide. As a progressive, forward-thinking company with more than 75 years experience, CUNA is passionately committed to helping their customers succeed. 

Internships are hands-on, focus on meaningful, project-driven work that has a direct impact on the company.

The Position:
The Corporate & Legislative Affairs Intern will be responsible for assisting with the creation of press releases and political grassroots action alerts. They will cover assigned Congressional webinars and prepare summaries; draft letters to various elected officials; assist in arranging site visits of elected officials; assist the CUNA Mutual Political Action Committee; attend potential Meet & Greets with various CUNA Mutual managers/directors; write articles for inclusion in the monthly newsletter, The Federal Advocate; and other assigned tasks.

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The Details:
Location: Madison, WI
Time Period: Summer 2013
Compensation: Paid
Desired Background: Communications, Political Science, Social Welfare, Legal Studies
Organization Contact: Jim Glorioso
Organization Website:
BuckyNet ID: 55288

**Additional application requirements can be found on BuckyNet**

Application Deadline: DECEMBER 15, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Internship of the Week: Educational Programming Intern @ Milwaukee County Zoo

Looking for a new way to use your science skills to educate the community?

Consider spending your summer interning at the Milwaukee County Zoo

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Did you know that the Milwaukee Zoo is one of the county’s finest zoological attractions, home to over 2000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles in specialized habitats spanning 200 wooded acres?

The Position:
The intern will join a team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo and help with education program that are designed to work with children to develop environmental and scientific knowledge.

The Details:
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Time Period: Summer 2013
Compensation: Paid
Desired Background: Biological Sciences/Environmental Studies
Organization Contact: Patty-- 414-258-5058 ext. 419
Organization Website:
Internship Posting Locations: L&S Career Services Library

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 11, 2013 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Internship of the Week: AIR Intern @ NPR

Interested in using your synthesizing and researching skills for the betterment of Public Radio?

Consider applying for the AIR Intern position at NPR in Washington D.C.

The Position:
The AIR (Audience & Insight Research) Intern assists the AIR staff with all aspects of research for NPR (National Public Radio), including programming, digital media, and underwriting research. Interns will be expected to synthesize and present information and have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

The Details:
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Location: Washington DC
Time Period: Spring/Summer 2013
Compensation: Not specified
Organization Contact: Mary-Helen Williams
Organization Website:
BuckyNet ID: 54865

Application Deadline: NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Career with a Purpose: Internships at Northwestern Mutual

The Financial Representative and
Financial Representative Internship Opportunity

Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 internship programs for 16 consecutive yrs

Northwestern Mutual, the "World's Most Admired" life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years.

We offer the unique opportunity to create your own destiny and to have a life-long impact on the lives of your clients, families and your community.

Northwestern Mutual provides a personalized approach to uncovering financial solutions tailored to each client's individual needs. Your goal is to discover each client’s needs and goals and help map a path to meet them.

Northwestern Mutual will provide consulting resources to help you discover and build your markets to develop a successful practice as a Financial Representative or College Financial Representative including: 
  •        Developing your business and marketing plans
  •         Extensive training and coaching from certified trainers
  •         Access to knowledgeable groups of financial advisors and specialists to assist you


Graduating soon and looking for an exciting career opportunity?
Looking for an internship where you can gain real-world experience? 

Come learn about our career and internship opportunities at our info session:
Wednesday, November 7th 4:30 pm
Middleton Building Rm. 120

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Graduate School Fair

Interested in going to graduate school or professional school? Come to the Graduate School Fair! Over 75 schools and programs will be recruiting students. A full list is available here.

Graduate School Fair
Tuesday, October 16
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South

And don't forget to stop by the Writing Center's personal statement writing workshops (offered during the fair)!

How to Write Compelling and Effective Personal Statements for Graduate School (for general graduate schools)
Making the Personal Professional: Personal Statements for Law and Medicine (for medical or law school)
Tuesday, October 16 (during the fair!) from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Union South, see TITU for room location

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aurora Healthcare DITF:

Where Health Meets Communications

Each semester the Experiential Learning Programs team here at L&S Career Services look for new and improved ways to help you, the student, better understand the connections between careers, academics and interests areas.

We are please to offer you a new and exciting opportunity to join us for:

A Day-in-the-Field (DITF)
Aurora Health Care Administrative Offices
Friday October 12, 7:30am-3:00pm 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Aurora, it is an integrated not-for-profit health care provider serving communities throughout eastern WI and northern IL. Additionally, Aurora is WI's largest private employer!

While you may think of Aurora Healthcare quickly if you are interested in the health fields, Aurora probably isn't a name automatically associate with a career in Communications. But did you know that Aurora has multiple communications departments and that their Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer are both Badger Alum with a background in Communications?

If you've ever wondered about working for a major private employer based right here in WI, and have an interest in learning more about careers at Aurora, join us October 12.

Pre-registration required. Transportation to and from Aurora is provided by L&S Career Services

To register, visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Your Career Fair Checklist

1. An updated resume – Get your resume critiqued at our office before the fair. We have extended resume drop-ins from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through Thursday.  Or make an appointment with an advisor for a more in-depth look at your resume.
2.  An elevator speech – Introduce yourself to employers with this quick speech. Find out what you should include here.
3. A professional outfit – Dress to impress in business professional. A suit is appropriate for both men and women. As a general rule, dress as if you were going to a job interview.
4. A folder or briefcase – This will come in handy for all the handouts and business cards you’ll receive from recruiters. It’s also the perfect place to store copies of your resume.
5. Comfortable shoes – You will be on your feet and walking around the Kohl Center. Make sure your shoes won’t hurt too badly at the end of the night.
6. Extra resumes – Bring lots of copies of your resume in case you end up stopping to talk to more companies than you originally planned on. You don’t want to run out.
7. A game plan – Decide which organizations you most want to talk to. Make a list, so you don’t have to spend as much time looking through the list at the fair. Check out who’s coming at

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Getting to Know Your Career Advisors

Each of our career advisors has different experiences and a different background.  Find out more about them and then make an appointment!  Remember, all our advisors are qualified to help you, no matter what your major or career plan is.

Maureen Muldoon
-           Before becoming a career counselor…Maureen was a member of AmeriCorps and an assistant language teacher in Hokkaido, Japan.
-           Fun fact: Maureen studied in Ecuador and Spain, which she says broadened her life-long interests in different cultures, religions, arts and languages.
-           Advising areas of expertise: AmeriCorps, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), teaching abroad, and careers in the sciences

Marie Koko
-           Before becoming a career counselor…Marie worked in logistics and residential property management.
-           Fun fact: Marie traveled all over Europe one year before the Soviet Union crumbled, and has been to more foreign countries than U.S. states.
-           Advising areas of expertise: careers in public service, especially federal government and nonprofits, and finding the perfect resource (both Internet and print) to fit each student’s needs

Molly Krochalk
-           Before becoming a career counselor…Molly worked as an organic farm assistant, food cooperative manager, independent artist and co-gallery owner, and a healthcare assistant, interpreter, and outreach worker. 
-           Fun fact: Molly earned a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to live in New Zealand for a year, where she fulfilled her lifetime dream of studying ceramic art. 
-           Advising areas of expertise: career exploration and career assessment, graduate students, answering questions about working and volunteering internationally, and helping students figure out how to use Spanish and other languages in the job market.

Nell Weatherwax
-           Before becoming a career counselor…Nell advised fine arts students as an academic advisor at Indiana University and worked as a corporate trainer with Corprov, teaching corporate executives theater improvisation skills to improve their teamwork and management.
-           Fun fact: Nell is a performer specializing in entirely improvised one-woman story shows and workshops. She loves to teach adults how to have fun rediscovering creative play through the creative use of words and movement.
-           Advising areas of expertise: career advising for the creative and unconventional personality type

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Research in Science: An Important Resume Boost

For science majors, including biology, psychology, zoology and many others in L&S, research jobs are an excellent, and potentially necessary, addition to a resume.

According to Lucas Moyer-Horner from the Institute for Biology Education, research shows an interest and engagement in science that a college transcript can’t. Graduate and professional schools, as well as employers, want to see that you have relevant experience outside of class. 

“If you are pursuing a career in science, any research experience is better than none at all, even if the work isn’t particularly close to what you will end up doing,” he said.

Nada Wigand, the undergraduate advisor for zoology, said research diversifies your college experience, gives you the opportunity to work with and get to know researchers, and is essential in helping you determine if science is a good career choice for you.

University labs are a convenient way for undergraduates to get experience and develop skills, since they’re on campus and may even involve working with a professor you’ve had for class.

Labs often list undergraduate research assistant positions on the UW Student Job Center. You can also search through researchers on the Wisconsin Discovery Portal. These labs may not have open opportunities, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if you find something you’re really interested in.

Don’t forget to check with that professor whose class you actually enjoyed going to, despite having to wake up. He or she might be able to use you.

“Science, like most careers, rewards those who work hard, work smart, and persevere,” explained Moyer-Horner.