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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:
August 29, 2014


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Career Development


“While my legal degree has been of great value to me, I feel that I gained a much broader understanding of the relationship between law and policy, particularly in an international environment, through my La Follette experience.”

Jamisen Rueckert Brazys, master of international public affairs and law master of science in urban & regional planning, ’07, staff attorney, Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia



Networking event features DHS analyst

The La Follette School’s Policy After Work Series starts at Wednesday, September 24, with 2006 alum Christian Moran a budget and policy analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The networking session is 5-7 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 Associate Director helps 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.

Public Affairs Professional Development Workshop

La Follette students are required to take a one-credit professional development course, PA 800, in their first fall semester.  The Associate Director teaches the course, which focuses on essential skills students must have to be successful in graduate school and in their careers, such as policy memo writing, data visualization, job search and networking strategies, resume and cover letter development, interviewing, and policy memo writing.  Students are also provided with hands-on opportunities to network with and learn from La Follette alumni and other public affairs professionals via guest speaker panels, speed networking events, mock interviews, and informational interviews.

Alumni Connections

Students can meet and work with La Follette School alumni and friends, many of whom hold important positions in international organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; nonprofit organizations; and private business. Students and alumni connect through speed networking, mentoring, work site visits, informational interviews, and the La Follette in D.C. and La Follette in Chicago programs. Many La Follette School alumni and friends share information about their jobs and workplaces, participate in professional development functions that highlight their knowledge and experience, and provide informational interviews for students. Alumni also serve as mentors, meaning students can arrange to meet with them two or more times to talk about career opportunities, visit a work site, discuss interviews, and/or review résumés.

Students interested in learning more about alumni and friends can:

To get alumni contact info, students can:

If information is out of date, please email so staff can follow up with alumni to update.


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 Associate Director at the La Follette School works closely with employers to identify suitable job candidates among recent graduates or students graduating soon. The Associate Director 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.

The Associate Director also works with government, private and nonprofit agencies to establish project assistantships and internships for current students.

We welcome employers’ internship and job announcements. Please e-mail the descriptions, including contact and deadline information, to