L&S Badger Internship Program


Internships are a crucial step toward finding a career that aligns with your personal goals and passions. The Letters & Science Badger Internship Program helps you navigate the internship search process, provides individualized support throughout your internship, and gives you access to exclusive resources like alumni mentors.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2017 Internships: October 19, 2016
Summer 2017 Internships: March 29, 2017
Fall 2017 Internships: August 23, 2017  

What are the benefits?

  • Exclusive email alerts for upcoming career events, programs, and opportunities
  • Access to targeted job & internship postings
  • Individual career coaching from Badger alumni and Career Initiative and Career Services Staff
  • Upon successful completion of the program, You'll receive a Career Initiative & Career Services endorsed 'Career Readiness Badge'

What are the requirements?

  1. Must be enrolled as an L&S student
  2. Fill out the online application and email the completed form to kathleen.rause@wisc.edu
  3. Participate in an Internship Search and Preparation Workshop
  4. Attend an "Articulating my Internship Experience to Future Employers' Post-Internship Workshop
  5. Fill out a short online survey regarding your experience in the Program

I need help finding an internship for the spring
The first thing you'll need to do is to fill out an application. If accepted into the program, we'll work with you to identify the resources to find and internship, help you to polish your resume, set up LinkedIn and Badger Bridge accounts, and give you an opportunity to practice your interview skills.

What if I already have an internship?
Don't worry, you can still be a part of this great program!  Apply to join the program and tell us a bit about your current internship.

Before Starting Your Internship Search

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

  • 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?
  • Is the position paid or unpaid, and if unpaid, what is your financial plan? Click HERE for information on our Summer Internship Scholarships.

Helpful Internship Resources

Effective Job & Internship Search Strategies (PDF)

A free, exclusive UW-Madison database for students searching for internships, jobs, on-campus interviews, and more!  Registration Required

A database of international internship listings, as well as country-specific guidelines for resumes, work permit and visa requirements, as well as employment trends. (Subscription to this service provided by LSCS through your FREE BuckyNet account)

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.

Not finding an internship opportunity of interest or would like help with the process? Contact lsinternships@saa.ls.wisc.edu for guidance.

I Found an Internship--Now What?



Many employers will request resumes,
cover letters, and references as part of the
application process. Click on the links to
learn more about each of these components.


Cover Letters


A successful interview is the result of
preparation, practice, and execution.
Check out these interview tips to help you
walk into your next interview feeling confident.
Want to practice your interviewing skills before
the big day? Click HERE to schedule a mock
interview with a career advisor.

Top 10 Interviewing Strategies
Tips for a Successful Interview

Before you accept an offer, you should consider cost
of living, benefits, and the culture if you are relocating
to a new city. Use these tools to learn more about
how to calculate your costs and how to negotiate with an employer.

Salary Resources

NACE Salary Resource
CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator
Money Management

Negotiation Strategies

4 Negotiation Tips for New College Grads
Increasing Your Value through Negotiation
5 Common Negotiating Mistakes 


Identifying References

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


  • 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.


  • 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.