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Robert M. La Follette
School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
December 18, 2013


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Career Development


“The freedom to build your degree program also means that you are not constrained by too many courses that may not be applicable to your specific interests. Through La Follette I discovered the potential benefits of being more of a generalist and getting the chance to learn about numerous topics.”

Jake Schindler, MPA ’10, analyst, Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau



Policy and a Pint to focus on Wisconsin health care

John Maycroft, a graduate of Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will discuss his work improving health care in Wisconsin at the La Follette School’s Policy and a Pint on Wednesday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brocach, 7 West Main Street. Read more ...

Other Career Development News

Whether 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 or telephone at 608.263.2409. 

For Students

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.
Alumni Connections
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: or 608.263.2409.
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. 

For Employers

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 recruiting organizations.

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 .