Career Services for Graduate Students

The career services model at UW-Madison is a decentralized one, since the school or college housing your academic program is best positioned to provide tailored advice on career exploration and job search within your discipline. Summarized below are the types of career support that various schools and colleges offer their students.

Not sure which school/college your program belongs to?  Click here, open the PDF “Majors, options, and degrees list,” and scroll to the sections on master’s and PhD degrees.

School & College Career Services

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Career Services Office offers:

  • workshops and events relevant to graduate students.
  • career fairs that may be of interest to graduate students.
  • referrals to career counselors in the community.

Click here to read more!


School of Business MBA

School of Business MBA Career Management Center offers:

  • comprehensive services to MBA students, including individual career counseling
  • workshops and events tailored to graduate students
  • recruiting activities, including information sessions and on-campus recruiting, with employers seeking to hire MBA students

Click here to read more about career management for full-time MBA students.
Click here to read more about career management for evening MBA students.
Click here to read more about career management for executive MBA students.


School of Education

School of Education Career Center offers:

  • one-on-one career consultations by appointment (career options, job search strategies, coaching)
  • practice/mock interviews as well as résumé, CV, and cover letter reviews
  • workshops & events on a variety of career topics
  • website resources by topic and department

Click here to read more.


College of Engineering

College of Engineering Office of Engineering Career Services offers:

  • comprehensive support for engineering students, including master’s and doctoral, in all phases of your career search
  • free use of tools to assess skills and interests
  • resume support including individual counseling, interview preparation, and mock interviewing
  • connections with potential employers, including on-campus interviews and career fairs

Click here to read more.

La Follette School of Public Affairs

La Follette School of Public Affairs Career Development Office offers:

  • professional development short courses teaching essential skills for graduate school success
  • workshops and events relevant to graduate students
  • guided connections with La Follette School alumni, through which students learn about new careers and engage in informational interviewing
  • recruitment visits and informational session with employers
  • statistics on career placement for new alumni

Click here to read more.

College of Letters and Sciences SuccessWorks

College of Letters and Sciences SuccessWorks offers:

  • individual 30-minute appointments on internship and job search strategies for non-professoriate positions. It is recommended that graduate students meet with a Career & Internship Specialist connected to their career community of interest.
  • career workshops, fairs, and other events, open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
  • many web resources on a variety of career development topics!

Click here to read more!


Additional On-Campus Career Resources

The Graduate School offers online career development resources and professional development events.

Looking for a short-term or part-time position? Visit the Student Job Center.

Network with alumni on BadgerBridge.



Handshake makes it easy for every UW-Madison student to explore career events, connect to jobs and internships, and even schedule on-campus interviews.

With Handshake you can: 

  • Browse and register for career events on campus
  • Explore thousands of jobs and internships from over 300K employers nationwide
  • Get personalized job recommendations based on your degree program, interests, and more
  • Manage your own campus interviews with top employers

We’ve preloaded your profile to get you started. Please note that your profile’s default setting is set to “hidden.” Employers, alumni, and students won’t be able to see anything until you choose to unhide it.


See the Help Resources below, or contact your school or college career center or the Career Exploration Center.

Join UW on Handshake!

  1. Read the Student Terms of Use.
  2. Go to MyUW
  3. Add the Handshake app to your homepage
  4. Launch the app
  5. Check the box to choose if your profile will be set to public or private. We recommend keeping it set to private until you fill out your profile and/or check in with a career center advisor.
  6. Fill out the interest survey and start exploring!