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Not sure what you want to do with your degree?

Career Options

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

Professional Associations

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

International City/County Management Association

The National Association of Legal Assistants

View Common Search Terms

Here is a sample of keywords you can use when researching career paths or searching for open positions. For more ideas, our staff is ready to help!

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
– Corporate / Business
– Attorney
– Environmental

– Family
– Immigration
– Intellectual Property

– Entertainment
– Employment / Labor
– Tax

– Constitutional
– Criminal Defense
– Prosecutor
Gain Experience and Skills

Experiential Learning 

Hands-on learning beyond the classroom helps you expand your skills, form community connections, build your resume, and gain the Panther Edge. These include internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, community engagement, and leadership experiences.


  • 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.


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 hereSSTPI, CLIP, and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Internship Program are some of the UWM-specific internship opportunities available to our students.   

On-Campus Jobs 

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.

Community Service/Volunteer 

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! 

Student Organizations 

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.

Identify Common Local Employers

We proudly host eight career fairs every year, showcasing around 80 diverse employers each fair. Interested in knowing the kinds of employers attending?We invite you explore a past fair and the employers who attended.

Resume Examples

Meet your Advisors

Ben Trager
Interim Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning
Zack Garrity
Program Manager

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.