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 Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office 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. Whatever your hiring needs may be, our dedicated staff is ready to assist you in any way we can. If you have questions about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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 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.
- Create an employer user account and connect with UW-Madison
- Post a job or internship on Handshake.
- Handshakes Employer Help Center
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.
In addition to these important dates, 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.
- Begin Scheduling Interviews: October 31, 2019
- Spring Internship Verification Forms Due: January 21
- First Day of Classes: January 21
- On-Campus Interviews Begin: January 21
- Public Service Fair: January 29
- Spring Career and Internship Fair: February 4
- Spring Recess (no classes): March 14-22
- On-Campus Interviews End: April 24
- Last Class Day: May 1
- Study Day: May 2
- Exams: May 3-May 8
- Commencement: May 9
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.
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 fairs a key tactic in their talent recruitment strategy. With two-large scale career and internship events each year, and many additional specialty fairs, discover your solution to connect with students from the School of Human Ecology and across campus!
- All-Campus Career & Internship Fair (Fall & Spring)
- Public Service Fair (Fall & Spring)
- Multicultural Career Fair
- Healthcare Career Fair
- Student Athlete Career Night
- Risk and Insurance Career Fair
- Hire Big Ten+ Virtual Career Fair
Conduct On-Campus Interviews at SoHE
We welcome employers to schedule a date to visit our campus and interview students and alumni in our beautifully renovated, LEED gold certified building, Nancy Nicholas Hall.
Employers may use our facilities at no cost (to the interviewer or interviewee) for internship, volunteer, career, and post-graduate positions.
Steps to Scheduling an On-Campus Interview 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 Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office”
- 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.
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.
Host an Information Table
Employers may wish to interact with students in the School of Human Ecology and promote their organization/open positions through an information table. Information tables may be scheduled Monday-Thursday from 11am-2pm and will take place on the second floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall near the Robin’s Nest Cafe.
To schedule an information table, please request an event in Handshake at least two weeks in advance. Our Employer Relations Coordinator will follow up with additional details.
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...and of course, food! Here are some examples of such topics:
- Interview Prep
- Alumni Panel
- Transitioning to a New City
- Professional Branding
- Professional Dress and Etiquette
- Building Your Professional Network
- Case Studies that Feature Real Organizational Challenges
Information sessions, workshops, case studies, and networking events in Nancy Nicholas Hall are most frequently held in the early evening (4:30-7:30pm), Monday- Thursday. The timing for coffee chats can be a bit more flexible.
If your organization is unable to travel to campus, consider hosting a virtual event. We are happy to reserve space for students to gather for such an event.
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.
Plan a Visit
Consider inviting students to your location and provide a hands-on 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.
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