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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:
June 26, 2014


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Career Development


“I am learning valuable skills in the La Follette program — everything from experiment design to outcome evaluation. … My professors include a good mix of practitioners and scholars.”

Pete Braden, candidate for master’s degrees in public affairs and horticulture



La Follette School to hold 20th leadership training session for legislators

The faces of three new Wisconsin legislators will go on the La Follette School conference room wall after they complete the Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development that meets August 8-11 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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 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:

  • look at the La Follette School group on LinkedIn;
  • read alumni profiles (to find alumni in certain policy fields, search the school’s web site for “profile, alumni, [policy field]”, or click on policy field at end of an article to see more articles related to that topic); and
  • search Alumni Directory under “Industry Type” for Public Affairs/Government” (access limited to UW–Madison alumni).

To get alumni contact info, students can:

  • talk to the associate director, student services staff, or the senior editor;
  • look them up in the Alumni Directory (access limited to UW–Madison alumni);
  • contact them via LinkedIn;
  • or find their contact information on their employer’s web site.

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 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 .