Career Fair

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 SoHE’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.

Please note that all employer engagement with the School of Human Ecology in Spring 2021 will be hosted in a virtual format. In place of in-person, on-campus recruiting events, our team is happy to work with you to create virtual opportunities and strategies, marketing pieces, pre-recorded content etc. to engage with our students. 

These unique and unprecedented times call for creative solutions—precisely the kinds of solutions that you as employers teach our students with hands-on experience and mentorship. It is why we love working with you year in and year out, and look forward to continuing to do so.

Picture of Danielle CroegartOur Employer Relations Coordinator, Danielle Croegaert is happy to work with you to facilitate idea-sharing and continuity support for recruitment and engagement during this time. 

Danielle Croegaert 
Employer Relations Coordinator 
danielle.croegaert@wisc.edu | 608.890.0109

Job and Internship 101

A successful recruitment and engagement strategy begins with the basics. Please review the following resources, guidelines, and policies before you begin planning.

Post a Job or Internship

Handshake iconHandshake 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.

UW-Madison's Employer Policies

The Policies for Employers Recruiting on Campus document outlines the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s expectations for employers and recruitment activities on our campus. The policies are designed to create a recruiting environment that is fair and equitable 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

The School of Human Ecology encourages employers to give students a minimum of two weeks to evaluate internship and post-graduation offers. Please note that if you make any return offers to students interning with your organization in the summer, we ask that you provide students until November 1 to respond to the offer.

Recruiting Calendar

In addition to these important dates in the UW-Madison Academic Calendar, keep in mind religious holidays and other large-scale campus events when creating your organization’s recruiting timelines. Contact our Employer Relations Coordinator to consult on your organization’s ideal recruiting timeline.

Recruitment Services and Opportunities

The School of Human Ecology offers the following recruitment services to enhance your talent acquisition strategy.

Develop a Customized Recruiting Strategy with SoHE

Our Employer Relations Coordinator is 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!

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 company or organization is interested in offering an option for students in one of our six SoHE majors, download our Establishing an Internship PDF.

Internships are a vital part of student career development and a highly valued component of the SoHE undergraduate curriculum. High-quality internships foster student learning by bringing theories and classroom content to life in real-world settings. In addition, internships give students an opportunity to explore careers related to their major, gain relevant experience in their field of interest, and develop a better understanding of what is expected in a workplace by performing the tasks of a working professional.

Our Employer Relations Coordinator would be happy to meet with you to talk more about your internship opportunity prior to posting in Handshake.

Legal Considerations Regarding Internship Compensation 

The School of Human Ecology does not require students to complete a paid internship in order to receive credit, however, paid internships can be more attractive to students, lead to higher retention rates, and increase overall happiness/satisfaction compared to a peer in an unpaid internship

Additionally, if your organization is for-profit and opts to offer unpaid internships, you must be aware of and consider the legal ramifications outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s primary beneficiary test to ensure you are legally able to offer an unpaid experience. We would also encourage you to consider inequities that may arise with unpaid internships, especially for students with underrepresented identities such as first-generation students, low income students, students of color, and women. For additional considerations and suggestions, refer to Everything You Need to Know About Paying Interns. 

If your organization is unable to offer a regular wage, consider helping the intern with a stipend or internship-related expenses such as parking fees, mileage, meals, housing, professional development opportunities such as conferences, etc.

Become a Federal Work-Study Community Partner

Nonprofit, community-based organizations 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.

Attend a Career & Internship Fair

Join over 550 employers who annually make UW-Madison career and internship fairs a key tactic in their talent recruitment strategy.

For Spring 2021, Career and Internship Fairs will continue to be delivered in a virtual format via Handshake. Click here to learn more about using Handshake for virtual career fairs.

Click the links below to learn about and register for Spring 2021 Career and Internship Fairs applicable to School of Human Ecology students:

  • Public Service Fair (February 15, 3-7pm CST): Human Development & Family Studies and Community & Nonprofit Leadership
  • Communications, Business, & Customer Relations Fair (February 10 and 11, 3-7pm CST): Personal Finance, Retailing & Consumer Behavior, Textiles & Fashion Design, Interior Architecture

Employers may register for one or both days of the fair: Day 1 and Day 2

Conduct On-Campus Interviews at SoHE

SPECIAL NOTE: On-campus interviews in the School of Human Ecology’s Nancy Nicholas Hall are suspended for Fall 2020. Employers may still request interview schedules in a virtual format. Please follow the directions below for scheduling interviews below, and reach out to our Employer Relations Coordinator with questions.

Steps to request an interview schedule in a virtual format with the School of Human Ecology

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. As an employer, you do the scheduling and contacting of students. Interviews must be conducted during business hours of 8:30 AM to 4:00 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

  • 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. Our Employer Relations Coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm the details of your interview schedule.

How to Develop Your Brand and Engage at UW-Madison

Build brand recognition with students in the School of Human Ecology as part of your engagement strategy!

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.

If you are interested in participating in a classroom presentation or project, please contact our Employer Relations Coordinator.

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. Students respond well to interactive content that they can apply to their professional lives.

Information sessions, workshops, case studies, and networking events for Spring 2021 will be hosted virtually. Begin planning your information session or workshop 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 Virtual 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”
Plan a Visit

Consider inviting students to virtually visit 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.

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 of Excellence or SoHE Initiative

Partner with one of our Centers of Excellence for a unique engagement experience related to one of our majors, like the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies or the Financial Life Skills program.

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.

Virtual Internship Resources

Your organization may consider shifting previously scheduled in-person internships to a virtual or remote opportunity. Here is some guidance on remote internships as you consider this option. We are happy to chat about this and help you brainstorm how remote internships might make sense for your organization!

Badger Micro-Internships

UW-Madison now connects employers to students for Micro-Internships: paid, short-term projects giving your organization a flexible way to get work done, while helping UW-Madison students and recent grads build professional experience.What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-Internships are:

  • ON-DEMAND – Short-term, paid professional assignments are similar to those given to interns, and many can be completed remotely
  • EASY – Most projects take between 10 and 40 hours to complete, and have an average cost of $400
  • LOW-RISK – An effective way to audition talent before making hiring decisions (with no temp-to-perm fee)
  • SCALABLE – Used by companies of all sizes in all industries and departments, including sales, marketing, tech, HR, finance and more

Posting and hiring UW-Madison students for Micro-Internships is quick and easy. To get started, create a free account on UW-Madison’s Micro-Internship platform at Parker Dewey.

Virtual Freelance Opportunities

Pangea.appEmployers may also consider hiring college students for virtual freelance project work, especially with design-related roles. Pangea.app makes it easy for organizations to post short-term projects for high potential talent. This platform is a flexible, high-impact, and low cost.

Post a project through Pangea.app today!

Video Testimonial

Leslie Mullins of Morningstar YouTube video link

YouTube video: Leslie Mullins talks about why Morningstar sees the UW-Madison and SoHE as critical destinations when looking for interns and potential candidates for jobs in its workforce.

2016-18 Graduate Data from UW-Madison’s First Destination Survey

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