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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.

Let’s Connect!

We are happy to work with employers,
facilitating support for recruitment and engagement.


View upcoming career fairs

Recruitment resources

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.

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.

Recruiting calendar

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 us to consult on your organization’s ideal recruiting timeline- it will vary by major and industry.

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.

Offer acceptance timeframe

Employers making an employment offer to a UW-Madison Human Ecology students are referred first to the NACE position on Reasonable Offer Deadline Guidelines.  Efforts should be made on the part of the employer to give students adequate time to fully consider an offer of an internship or full-time employment.

In partnership with other career services offices on campus, 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 at least November 1 to respond to the offer.

Recruitment opportunities

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.

Upcoming Career Fairs


Develop a customized recruiting strategy with SoHE

We are 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 at Nancy Nicholas Hall.

Interview Process 

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. We will be in touch with you to confirm the details of your interview schedule.

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 organization is interested in hiring an intern from one of our six undergraduate majors, take a look at our Internship Guide for Employers.

Internship Guide for Employers

Hiring international students

International students from the School of Human Ecology are a great addition to your talent pipeline and to your team! They offer:

  • Competitive skills focusing on the human experience
  • Loyalty and hunger for work
  • Diversity of thought, identity, ethnicity and nationality to your workplace
  • The opportunity for your organization to stand out as a globally-minded employer

The following opportunities for F-1 students do not require visa sponsorship, additional cost, or action on the employer to hire an international student:

Additional resources on hiring international students from Interstride.

Local nonprofits & small businesses: Federal Work-Study Partnership

Nonprofit, community-based organizations and local small businesses 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.

Develop your brand on campus

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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. Opportunities also may be reserved for employer partners and/or alumni.

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

Partner with one of our centers for a unique engagement experience related to one of our majors, like the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.

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Plan a visit

Consider inviting students to visit (in person or 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.

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”

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.