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“Wisconsinís masterís degree in public policy gave me a bit of an advantage in my Army duty assignments at the Pentagon, as director of ROTC at Georgetown University and my assignment as director of the Schools Division at Department of the Army Research and Development Command.”
Fred Olson,’71, retired Army colonel, volunteer with Honor Flight of West Central Florida
Van Buren deepens involvement in policymaking
After years of working as an outside observer with peripheral
influence, Matt van Buren decided to involve himself more deeply in the
policymaking process. The former journalist and political
fund-raiser is in his second semester at the La Follette School,
exploring public management and nonprofit leadership in addition to the
school‚Äôs core courses in microeconomics and statistics. Read more ...
Other Career Development News
you are a current student, a graduate, or a prospective employer, the Career Development
Office is your key resource for information and assistance.
Contact us by e-mail at
telephone at 608.263.2409.
The most important role of the Career Development Coordinator is to help La Follette
School students transform the knowledge and skills gained through a rigorous program
of advanced professional training into success in a competitive employment market.
Here are a few of the ways this is done.
- Professional Development Series
- The La Follette School offers first-year students a series of short courses
that cover essential skills they must have to be successful in graduate
school and in their careers. Topics may include PowerPoint, Excel, professional
writing, presentations skills, résumé writing and interviewing tips.
- Students have the opportunity to meet and work with La Follette School alumni,
many of whom hold important positions in international organizations; federal,
state, and local government agencies; and private business. Our alumni are an
invaluable resource for students in their career development. One way students and alumni connect is through speed networking and the La Follette in D.C. program.
For many students, a huge task is gaining an understanding of the possibilities to guide their job-search process. Many La Follette School alumni share with students with information about their jobs and workplaces, participate in professional development functions that highlight their knowledge and experience, and provide informational interviews for students. Students interested in contacting alumni should contact the Career Development Office: email@example.com or
The La Follette School recommends that students obtain professional work experience, typically in the public sector, during the course of the program. Each student may gain this experience through an internship for which they receive graduate course credit, although enrolling for internship credit is not mandatory.
Many students hold internships in the summer after their first year. This gives them the opportunity to apply a significant body of new knowledge and skills during the internship experience. Students should actively search for internships in areas of interest using their own and office resources.
- Employment Information
- La Follette School grads have successful careers in the federal government,
state and local governments, not-for-profit arena, and increasingly in the
private sector. Employment information can be viewed on the Career Statistics page.¬†
The La Follette School graduates public affairs professionals who are the
best of the best. The career development coordinator at the La Follette
School works closely with employers to identify suitable job candidates
among recent graduates or students graduating soon. The coordinator arranges
on-site recruitment visits to put employers in direct contact with
outstanding students, offering employers the opportunity to interview
students and offering students the opportunity to learn more about
Career Development works with government,
private and nonprofit agencies to establish project assistantships and
internships for current students.
We welcome employer's internship and job
announcements. Please e-mail the descriptions, including
contact and deadline information, to .