Gain Experience and Skills

Students listening to NSA employee at a career community event.

Hands-on learning beyond the classroom helps you expand your skills, form community connections, build your resume, and gain the Panther Edge. These include internshipsundergraduate researchstudy abroadcommunity engagement, and leadership experiences.

Examples:

  • UWM offers high-quality, safe and affordable international academic opportunities. Students develop knowledge, skills and perspectives to become mindful and engaged global citizens. Learn more here.
  • Find research specific to your interests here.
  • Take advantage of Student Leadership Programs available on campus; learn more here.

Joining a student organization provides you opportunities to form friendships, explore your interests, gain work and volunteer experience, develop leadership skills, and network with professionals working in your industry. Explore UWM’s student organizations.

Internships provide an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience, expand your transferable skills, develop professional connections, and build your resume. Our staff can help you tailor your resume and cover letter, search for positions, and prepare for the interview.   

Be sure to utilize Handshake to search for positions. Employers looking to hire UWM students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!

Examples: Be sure to check out the SET website for additional internship opportunities here.  SSTPICLIP, and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Internship Program are some of the UWM-specific internship opportunities available to our students. 

On-campus jobs provide convenient options with flexible scheduling and opportunities to gain transferrable and career-related skills. Explore and apply to on-campus jobs on Handshake. For additional support, visit our employment website.

SET has deep community partnerships which provide student opportunities for volunteering, service-learning, service trips, and other forms of community-based learning. You may even find yourself in a course with a built-in service-learning requirement. You can learn more about this on our website here

Examples: Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Alternative Spring Break Trip, Virtual Tutoring Program, and Hope House Food Pantry…to name a few! 

Identify Common Local Employers

We proudly host eight career fairs every year, showcasing around 80 diverse employers each fair.

Career Paths and Search Terms

Career Paths:

Peace CorpsFederal GovernmentForeign ServiceDomestic / Civil ServiceState of Wisconsin Public Service
City of MilwaukeeMilwaukee CountyPublic PolicyLocal Government (general)Careers in Legal Field

Search Terms:

Legal Associate Foreign Service Domestic / Civil ServicePolicy Analyst
Federal, State, Local, County, City Government Think TanksState and US LegislaturesInternational NGOs
US Department of StateUS Congressional Committees and Offices Law FirmNonprofit Organizations
Lawyer
– Corporate / Business
– Attorney
– Environmental

– Family
– Immigration
– Intellectual Property

– Entertainment
– Employment / Labor
– Tax

– Constitutional
– Criminal Defense
– Prosecutor

Utilize Job Search Tools

What does it mean to work in fields connected to Public Policy, Government, Law, and International Affairs? Read more below about each of these areas, plus discover industry specific job boards to search for internships and full-time positions. Note that we highly encourage all students to explore roles in Handshake where many of our employer partners post their opportunities to find UWM students.

Local, federal, or international policy can be a natural career choice for people who are interested in shaping the world around them. Policy is an ever-evolving field that has a range of focuses which can vary depending on your interests and passions. Working in policy requires and develops a range of skills related to communication, organization, and research.

Working in government provides a range of opportunities that cut across majors, interest, and skill sets. Opportunities exist with major federal and state agencies like the FBI, DPI, and the State Department, as well as agencies and offices doing impactful work at the local level.

You may think of being an attorney or lawyer when thinking about a career in law, when there are many options in the field of law that don’t require a Juris Doctor (JD).Careers in law can span law enforcement, policy and policy change, community outreach and engagement, justice system reform.

In an increasingly connected and inter-reliant global social and economic system, careers in international affairs meet the demand to connect people, places, ideas, and systems. Beyond diplomacy, careers may fall in the realms of development, trade, communication, and security and individuals may work for governments, international NGOs, or multinational corporations.

Meet Your Advisors

Ben Trager
Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning
bwtrager@uwm.edu
Susi Gómez Kennedy
Student Employment Program Manager
gomezken@uwm.edu