University of Wisconsin–Madison

Start With the Basics

The whole point of searching for an internship, full-time job, or grad school program is to find something that interests you and feels like a good fit. There are no major decisions that need to be made during your search, so you can relax and have fun learning about different internships, jobs, and companies. Remember that employers want to get to know you, too. And, let’s be honest, why wouldn’t they?

You can’t go wrong when you’re gathering information and asking questions, as long as you’re being genuine. Worst case scenario: you figure out something isn’t what you expected and you can cross it off your list. That’s still progress and you’re still moving in the right direction.

Now that the pep talk is over, let’s talk about finding that “good fit.”

Connect & Explore

Create a BuckyNet Account

We recommend that all students create a BuckyNet account by the end of fall semester in your sophomore year. Then you can create a profile, add your resume materials, and give a virtual “thumbs up” to employers to signal that you’re starting the job search.

Most employers recruiting L&S students post their internship and job opportunities on BuckyNet. Registering your account lets you start browsing and – when you’re ready – applying for those positions.

Create your BuckyNet account.

Watch our 2-minute tutorial on searching for opportunities on BuckyNet.

Join a Career Community

Think you might be interested in marketing? How about making important scientific discoveries? Has working for a non-profit always been your thing? Are your sights set on working in politics?

Whether you have a specific vision for your future or not, our career communities can help you learn what it actually means to work in your area of interest.

Connect with alumni, be invited to events, explore specific companies and positions, and more. Our Career & Internship Specialists are here to help, whether you prefer to meet in person, over the phone, on Skype, or via email.


More than a Paycheck

Who are we kidding, it feels pretty amazing when you receive your first paycheck from your first employer. And funding the lifestyle you enjoy is an important part of being happy. But as you search for your first (or any) internship or job, make sure you consider some of these other factors, too:

Location   |   Company values   |   Opportunity to grow   |   Company culture   |   Vacation and work/life balance   |   Benefits

Try This:


We all know that volunteer experience makes for some great resume material. But you can also get first-hand knowledge and experience about a job or career that interests you. Plus you'll build your skills and get connected to people in the field.

Photo of Habitat for Humanity volunteers on Library mall

Reach Out

Look around. The people staring back at you can be your greatest resource, and chances are they want to help you find a great opportunity. It's estimated that about 80% of jobs are found through networking, so introduce yourself and stay in touch.


There are hundreds of student organizations on campus, and many of them have connections to alumni and different employers. If you're still looking for more, consider joining a professional organization to keep growing your network.

Photo of students networking at 2015 student org fair at the Kohl Center.

Show Up

Many companies host info sessions and workshops right here on campus. These events allow you to learn more about each other without any pressure. Job and internship fairs are another great place to ask questions, explore, and practice networking.

Photo of student talking with representatives from the retail company Buckle at the Spring Career and Internship Fair.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Steve Jobs

Advising Team

Marie Koko

Career & Internship Specialist: Government, Politics, Policy & Nonprofits

Maureen Muldoon

Career & Internship Specialist: Natural Resources, Healthcare, Wellness, Science & Research