Finding an Internship

Badger Micro-Internships

Micro-internships are short-term, professional, paid opportunities that can be completed in a matter of hours. Offered through the Parker Dewey platform, these opportunities allow you to demonstrate your skills while working on projects from real employers – which means making real connections doing real work. Available for all students and recent graduates!

Landed a micro-internship? Learn how to make the most of it and how to describe your experience on your resume or LinkedIn.

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Remote Jobs & Internships

Remote internships are a great alternative to in-person internship opportunities that may no longer be available.

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Internship Search during COVID-19

Check out our resources for navigating the internship search during COVID-19, including ways to build skills and experience.

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When beginning your search for an internship there are many factors to consider that will help you reach your end goal.

Start with this checklist:

  • When do you want to complete an internship? (Fall, Spring, Summer).
  • Do you want or need to gain academic credit for your internship experience? Check out information about Inter LS 260, a one-credit, on-line course offered to all students regardless of major or year in school each Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • What skills would you like to use or develop? Use the Internship Predictor Tool to help you evaluate your personal preferences and develop the skills to find the right job.
  • Who do you know that you can connect with during your search?
  • Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and reflective of your interest in gaining experience in a specific industry?
  • Watch for red flags. Learn about questionable internship recruitment practices (in and out of the classroom), and how you can make good choices about the internships you apply for. Learn more here. 

Getting Started

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Set up your profile in Handshake and apply to internships from 200,000+ employers around the country

More Internship Search Resources:

UW-Madison International Internship Program (IIP)
Living and working abroad are fantastic ways for you to develop the necessary skills to compete in an increasingly global economy.

Federal or State Government Internships
Looking to intern for a state or federal government agency? Click above for more information.

Morgridge Center for Public Service
Volunteer & Internship opportunities with an emphasis on public service

Student Organizations (WIN)
Student organizations are a great way to network, gain experience in an area of interest, and build your resume.

UW Student Job Center
Working on-campus is a great way to earn money and gain valuable experience and networks while going to school.

Additional Job & Internship Search Websites

Not finding an internship opportunity of interest or would like help with the process? Make an appointment with a career advisor

How To Set Up Your Work References


References are professionals, selected by you, who can speak to your unique skill set, work habits, personality, and other job qualifications.

Who to Ask
  • It is common for an employer to ask you to provide three to five references. When thinking about who to choose as a reference select individuals who can attest to your work skills, abilities, and style.
  • Examples of appropriate references include a current or recent supervisor, faculty members, advisors, co-workers, or individuals you’ve worked with in organizations.
Communicating with References
  • Before providing a list of potential references to an employer, be sure to ask for their permission.
  • It is good to provide your references with a copy of your current resume and details about the position you are applying for so they are better prepared to answer any inquires.
  • List references on a separate sheet from your resume, while staying consistent in your formatting, using the same header as your resume.
  • For each reference list their name, title, work address, work phone number, and email address.




How To Get Started Guide

What You Can Do

Restarting Your Internship Search

  1. Think strategically about industries – who is doing well in the current economy (ex. technology, government, health-care) and who is not (ex. hospitality, travel)? There are several good resources on who is currently hiring, including:
    1. Who is Hiring Right Now? LinkedIn
    2. 20 Fully Virtual Companies Hiring Remote Jobs Working Mother
    3. 71 Companies that are Hiring The Muse
    4. Who’s Hiring in the New York Tech Scene? LinkedIn
    5. 500 Companies Hiring on Handshake Handshake
  2. Explore Remote Jobs and Internships using the “remote work” label on Handshake to search for remote internships while stay-at-home orders are in place, or your ability to travel is limited.
    1. From the jobs page, click filters, scroll down to “labeled by your school,” and type in “remote internship” or “remote full time jobs”
    2. More information on remote work found here.
  3. Ensure you have the technology to conduct the entire search – from applying to interviewing and negotiating – online. This means a reliable and strong internet connection and familiarity with the most popular video conferencing/meeting software (ex. Zoom, Skype, Cisco WebEx). 
    1. For assistance with internet access see:
      1. UW Coronavirus Information for Students
      2. Internet Resources during Public Health Emergency (WI Public Service Commision)
      3. Public WiFi Locations in WI

Cancelled Internships

  1. Respond to the company (via phone or email) acknowledging that you have received the information, and while it is disappointing, you understand the decision during this difficult time (Maintain the relationship – you never know what could happen! You know that they consider you a strong candidate, so staying in touch may open the door for future internships, networking opportunities, or even a full-time job.)
  2. DO NOT express your frustration on the internet (Twitter, Instagram) for all of the world to see (including folks from the company you were supposed to work for). It is understandable that you are frustrated – but talk with your friends, family, or your career advisor privately, rather than announcing something publicly.

Additional Ways to Build Skills & Experience

  1. Short-term paid professional projects
    1. You could ask the company you were supposed to intern with if they have any projects you could work on – or think of some that you want to propose
    2. Parker Dewey – apply for specific projects, referred to as “micro-internships,” all paid experiences 
  2. Case-based Learning
    1. Free through UW Libraries: Journal of Business Case Studies, The Times 100 Business Case Studies 
    2. InsideSherpa – free virtual work experiences (about 5-6 hours each)
    3. InterSECT Job Simulations – free interactive simulation exercises
    4. Harvard Business School cases (Harvard Business Review store – may require fee)
  3. Invest in yourself – prepare for the future
    1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
    2. Practice interview skills
      1. Use Big Interview or schedule with an advisor
    3. Develop or improve an online portfolio or personal website
  4. Virtual Networking
    1. Virtual employer sessions (check Handshake)
    2. Connect with alumni: make an appointment with a SuccessWorks advisor to learn how
    3. Continue informational interviewing via phone or video conference
      1. Utilize Badger Bridge and LinkedIn to find potential contacts.
  5. Learn a new skill 
    1. LinkedIn Learning (formerly is a great way to learn software, and it’s free for UW students! 
    2. DoIT Classes – free technology and software training for UW students
    3. MOOCs – free online courses
  6. Volunteer. Visit the Morgridge Center or search for remote volunteer opportunities. 


Career & Internship Advisors

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Position title: Career & Internship Specialist: Healthcare & Human Services, Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife, Scientific Research & Development


Amy Yang

Position title: Career and Internship Specialist: Technology, Data and Analytics


Emmeline Prattke

Position title: Career & Internship Specialist: Government, Policy, International Affairs, & Law


Beth Karabin

Position title: Career & Internship Specialist: L&S Business & Entrepreneurship


Same Day Advising

Looking for a quick overview of how SuccessWorks can help you, or a fast review of your resume or cover letter?
This fall, we’ll be offering 15 minute virtual same day advising throughout the week.

Check back soon before the fall semester begins for more info!