One of the biggest benefits of being a UWM student is internship opportunities, professional connections and close proximity to Milwaukee companies and businesses. Students can find paid, relevant work experience on-campus, too, which is convenient for busy schedules and great for building resumes.
More than 1,3000 companies host UWM interns each year, and many of those internships are paid and turn into job offers at graduation. There are hands-on work opportunities on campus as well, from being a student graphic designer in a campus office to volunteering as a paralegal in UWM’s legal clinic.
All students are encouraged to visit the Career Planning & Resource Center, where they can get help with cover letters and resumes, interview prep, and finding job and internship opportunities.
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Doing an internship is one of the most important things a college student can do for their future career — more than 91% of employers prefer to hire candidates with internship or other work experience, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. UWM students get connected to internship opportunities in the city through on-campus career fairs, faculty with professional connections, and more. Many of those internships are paid and can be done year-round instead of just in the summer.
A few popular places where UWM students intern include: Advocate Aurora Health, GE Healthcare, Harley-Davidson, Hoffman York, Manpower Group, Milwaukee Brewers, Northwestern Mutual, and more!
A campus resource free to UWM students is the University Legal Clinic, which offers legal assistance with landlord/tenant disputes, traffic citations, contracts, noise violations and more.
UWM students interested in law can apply to be volunteer paralegals. They get hands-on legal experience and their responsibilities include: interviewing students, communicating with opposing parties, conducting legal research and developing legal analysis with the clinic’s on-staff attorney.
On-Campus Student Employment
More than 3,500 students work on campus, and many of those roles have either direct relevance to a student’s major or future career — or they provide a way for students to get professional experience for their resumes. Across UWM, you’ll find information science majors working in IT support, art students doing graphic design for campus offices, communication majors working as orientation leaders and more.
Besides offering hands-on work experience and a convenient way to build your resume, working on campus is a form of financial aid that helps many UWM students pay for the costs of college.