The School of Human Ecology is dedicated to academic excellence and graduating strong human ecologists who will make a positive impact on the world through their degrees. The goal of human ecology’s Advising & Career Center is that our students graduate not only with a high-quality education from UW–Madison, but also ready to start their dream careers.
We are excited to partner with you in order to meet your recruiting needs and connect you with our amazing, career ready students. As an employer, your organization is valuable to us, and we look forward to supporting your recruiting and student engagement needs.
Post a job or internship
Handshake is the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s online career management system, used by 500+ universities and 200,000+ employers nationwide. Handshake allows employers to post jobs and internships and manage events such as on-campus interviews and career fairs. In addition to reaching SoHE students, Handshake reaches students from across campus and beyond.
- Create an employer user account and connect with UW–Madison
- Post a job or internship on Handshake.
- Handshakes Employer Help Center
UW–Madison’s Student Jobs website promotes positions to current students. This career search tool is geared towards part-time, temporary, and work-study positions both on- and off-campus. Post a part-time job.
Offer acceptance timeframe
We require employers to give students a minimum of two weeks to evaluate internship and post-graduation offers. If you make any return offers to students interning with your organization in the summer, we ask that you provide students until November 1 to respond to the offer.
UW–Madison’s employer policies
The Policies for Employers Recruiting on Campus document outlines UW’s expectations for employers and recruitment activities on campus. The policies are designed to create a fair and equitable recruiting environment for all UW–Madison students. The policies are also intended to make recruiters’ efforts to attract talented students fair and efficient for all employers.
In this document, recruiters will find a description of the structure of career services at UW–Madison, the professional and legal standards that ground recruiting activities on campus, and a list of policies governing the recruiting activities.
In addition to the important dates listed in the UW Academic Calendar, keep in mind religious holidays and other large-scale campus events when creating your organization’s recruiting timelines. Contact our Employer Relations Coordinator to consult on your organization’s ideal recruiting timeline.
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Attend a career and internship fair
Join over 550 employers who annually make UW–Madison career and internship fairs a key tactic in their talent recruitment strategy.
Develop a customized recruiting strategy with SoHE
Our Employer Relations Coordinator is here to serve as your resource, consultant, and partner in the recruitment and hiring process. One-on-one or group consultations will help you to determine the best approach to connecting with School of Human Ecology students and deliver support to your unique needs and overall goals.
Consultation topics include:
- Learning more about the School of Human Ecology and why our students/alumni would be a great fit for your internship or job roles
- Developing and/or seeking feedback on your campus recruitment strategy
- Reviewing position descriptions
- Creating your internship program
- Discovering innovative ways your organization might engage students and promote your brand on campus
- Much more!
Conduct on-campus interviews
The School of Human Ecology is happy to support your organization’s student interviews.
1. Determine the type of interview schedule that makes the most sense for your organization, keeping in mind the lead-times:
- Open: Allows any student who meets the minimum criteria you indicate on your job position to sign up for an interview slot with you on your on-campus recruiting date.
- Preselect to Alternate: Lets any student who meets your minimum criteria to apply for the position and submit a resume. When the resume submission period is over, you have time to select and invite those students you plan to interview, as well as alternates. Students sign up for a time slot to interview with you during your on-campus recruiting date. If there are additional open slots, alternates will have the opportunity to sign up for an interview slot.
- Room Only: Allows you to reserve interview room(s) in Nancy Nicholas Hall or conduct the interviews virtually. As an employer, you do the scheduling and contacting of students. Interviews in our building must be conducted during business hours of 8:30 am to 4 pm.
2. Determine your timeline and ideal interview dates, keeping in mind these important dates on the Recruiting Calendar. We recommend planning ahead and posting your job(s) and scheduling your interviews at least one month before your desired interview date.
3. Request an On-Campus Interview Schedule in Handshake (in person or virtual)
- Before you schedule an interview, be sure to post the job(s) that you would like to interview for.
- Additional details on how to post a job.
- Directions on how to request an interview schedule.
- When you are asked for the specific career center you will be interviewing at, select “School of Human Ecology Advising & Career Center”
- Keep note of deadline dates!
- If you have questions during this process, please feel free to reach out to our Employer Relations Coordinator.
4. Our Employer Relations Coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm the details of your interview schedule.
Become a Federal Work-Study Partner
Nonprofit, community-based organizations and local small busienssses in the state of Wisconsin may be eligible to become a Federal Work-Study Partner. The Federal Work-Study Program is a need-based, federal financial aid program. The purpose of the Federal Work-Study Program is to promote part-time employment for students with financial need, help students meet their educational costs, provide relevant work experience, and build relationships between UW-Madison students and the local Madison community. Additionally, by providing a wide range of employment opportunities in various fields, the Federal Work-Study Program helps students to get work experience related to their educational and career objectives. Being a Federal Work -Study Partner has many benefits such as:
- Creates meaningful learning opportunities for students.
- Increases visibility of your organization.
- Gives you the opportunity to mentor our next generation of young professionals.
- Provides a wage subsidy. 75% of the student’s wages are covered by the Work Study program, leaving 25% to be covered by the employer.
Read more about Becoming a Federal Work-Study Partner.
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Become a SoHE internship site
As part of our innovative Career Readiness curriculum, SoHE undergraduate students are required to participate in an internship for credit. If your company or organization is interested in offering an option for students in one of our six SoHE majors, download our Establishing an Internship PDF.
Internships are a vital part of student career development and a highly valued component of the SoHE undergraduate curriculum. High-quality internships foster student learning by bringing theories and classroom content to life in real-world settings. In addition, internships give students an opportunity to explore careers related to their major, gain relevant experience in their field of interest, and develop a better understanding of what is expected in a workplace by performing the tasks of a working professional.
Our Employer Relations Coordinator would be happy to meet with you to talk more about your internship opportunity prior to posting in Handshake.
It is more common to find internships that require students to physically work at an organization. This has changed to some degree due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but very few internships were originally designed to be completely virtual. We are happy to chat about this and help you brainstorm how remote internships might make sense for your organization.
Check out our virtual internship guide to get started today!
Micro-internships & freelance work
UW–Madison now connects employers to students for micro-internships: paid, short-term projects giving your organization a flexible way to get work done, while helping UW–Madison students and recent grads build professional experience.
- On-demand: Short-term, paid professional assignments are similar to those given to interns, and many can be completed remotely.
- Easy: Most projects take between 10 and 40 hours to complete, and have an average cost of $400.
- Low-risk: They provide an effective way to audition talent before making hiring decisions (with no temp-to-perm fee).
- Scalable: They are used by companies of all sizes in all industries and departments, including sales, marketing, tech, HR, finance and more.
Posting and hiring UW–Madison students for micro-internships is quick and easy. To get started, create a free account on UW–Madison’s micro-internship platform at Parker Dewey.
Virtual freelance opportunities
Employers may also consider hiring college students for virtual freelance project work, especially with design-related roles. Pangea.app makes it easy for organizations to post short-term projects for high potential talent. This platform is a flexible, high-impact, and low cost. Post a project through Pangea.app.
Addressing uncompensated internships
While compensated internships are not required, we encourage employers to critically examine internship compensation policies and practices at their organization.
A Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our Practices
The School of Human Ecology (SoHE) values diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to create an environment where all students feel supported in their career development. I am sure that your company holds similar values, and we urge you to consider inequities that may arise with uncompensated internships. They can pose significant financial challenges to women, lower-income, and first-generation college students. Unfortunately, these same populations are more likely to not be paid for their work in an internship, which further exacerbates race and gender equity issues in the workplace. For additional considerations and suggestions, refer to Everything You Need to Know About Paying Interns.
Additionally, while SoHE does not require students to complete a compensated internship in order to receive credit, these internships can be more attractive to students, lead to higher retention rates, and increase overall happiness/satisfaction compared to a peer in an uncompensated internship. Under the Fair Labor Standard Act, there may also be legal implications regarding not compensating your interns.
Legal Considerations Regarding Internship Compensation at For-Profit Organizations
Because your organization is for-profit and opts to offer uncompensated internships, you must be aware of and consider the legal ramifications of offering a compensated internship. According to the US Department of Labor, all employees at for-profit businesses must be compensated—and many interns may fit the Department’s definition of an employee. Although every case must be assessed individually, in general the Department of Labor suggests that interns are employees if they do work that is primarily for the company’s benefit, rather than for their own educational benefit. So, if you want to ensure that your intern adds value to the company’s bottom line without running afoul of federal law, it’s a good idea to compensate them.
Our goal in the School of Human Ecology is to ensure all students are compensated for their work in an internship, regardless of major, industry, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. If your organization is unable to offer an hourly wage, consider helping the intern with a stipend or internship-related expenses such as parking fees, mileage, meals, housing, professional development opportunities such as conferences, etc.
Local small businesses may also consider working with the Office of Student Financial Aid to become a Federal Work Study Partner.
Develop your brand on campus
Connect in the classroom
Professionals from various industries can offer a great deal of valuable knowledge and experience to students in the classroom. Some employers have been asked- or have offered- to speak in classrooms about their professional experience and expertise on a topic within the discipline that fits with the syllabus. There may also be opportunities for employers to get involved with semester-long projects. Presentations and projects are dependent on the curriculum established by the course instructor and their availability.
If you are interested in participating in a classroom presentation or project, please contact our Employer Relations Coordinator.
Plan a visit
Consider inviting students to visit (in person virtually) your location and provide a preview of your organization’s work. Office tours, mini-job shadowing experiences in cross-functional areas, mentorship opportunities, and alumni interactions are just a few of our recommendations for a site visit, but we would love to work with you to customize this experience! Reach out to our Employer Relations Coordinator to initiate a conversation.
Engage with student organizations
Make connections with student groups in SoHE by presenting at an organization’s meeting or hosting members at your site. Opportunities like this are scheduled well in advance and are available on a limited basis. Contact our Employer Relations Coordinator as early as your plans allow to develop the best strategy for working with our student organizations.
Partner with a center
Join an advisory board and provide sponsorship
Consider providing expertise and influencing the curriculum of one of our majors by joining an advisory board. Many of these opportunities require a financial contribution and allow organizations exclusive access to recruiting/student engagement opportunities.
Facilitate an interactive event
Introduce students to your organization and available opportunities by hosting an event such as an information session, workshop, case study, informal networking event, or coffee chats.
Begin planning your event at least two weeks in advance by requesting an event in Handshake. Our Employer Relations Coordinator will follow up with additional details.
Best practices for advertising events
The purpose of the event (hiring, brand/company awareness, student development) should be clear in both the title and description of the event. When requesting an event in Handshake at UW–Madison we recommend including the following information (if applicable), based on your event need, to provide clarity to both students and career services staff.
- Position title(s) or functional areas event is featuring
- Full time or internship options
- Anticipated start date
- Position location
- What student population(s) are you interested in hiring?
- Who will be presenting, include their name and position title
- List the topics that will be presented. Some examples: what is it like to work at X company, why work at X company, what opportunities are available at X company,
- Please state if there is a focus on a specific division within the company or if this is an opportunity for students to learn about the company as a whole?
- Learning outcomes. At the end of this workshop attendees will be able to…
- Include specifics in the event title such as “Learn Technical Interviewing Skills with X Company” or “Learn more about Job Opportunities at X Company”