Job Opportunity

The Tommy G Thompson Center for Public Leadership is hosting a bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform conference April 26th and 27th at the Monona Terrace and need students help! The center is looking for Political Science students who would like to help manage the registration table, check in, hand outpackets/information and answer questions as needed. The conference will include a wide variety of bipartisan guest speakers and academics to lead panels as wel as esteemed individuals and policy makers. 

The pay is $12.00/hour, and the time slots are as follows:

  • 8-11 (4 people)
  • 11-3 (2 people)
  • 3-6:45 (3 people)

If you’re interested and would like more information click here. If you want to sign up for a time slot send an email to Olivia .

United Nations Boot Camp 2018

The UN Boot Camp consists of a series of seminars and lectures led by UN officials, diplomats, and a wide range of leaders and experts from academia, civil society, government and the private sector currently working with the UN to address global challenges. Participants will attend briefings at UN Headquarters, the United States Mission to the UN, and several leading non-governmental organizations in New York. Students will also spend two days of the program in Washington, DC, where they will meet with key decision-makers and other senior officials from the Department of State, Congressional Staff, the United Nations Information Center and representatives of various, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks which interact with the UN system. Click here to learn more and how to apply.

Inaugural Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership Event

Flyer_LAB_conference_1The Leadership Across the Branches conference will be a one-day public event in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Fluno Center. It will showcase esteemed individuals (from both parties) from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches at both the federal and state levels. Panelists will discuss an aspect of leadership in their work and offer suggestions on where more leadership and collegiality are needed. Panels will take place throughout the day. The first panel in the morning will focus on Leadership in Congress (which is where we would ask you to participate); another on Leadership in the State Legislature; another will address Public Leadership From the Media’s Perspective; another on Leadership in the Executive Branch; and one on Leadership in the Courts.

Texas A&M University’s MSC Student Conference on National Affairs

The MSC Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) is an annual collegiate conference that brings together delegates from across the nation and the world. Each year, MSC SCONA discusses a topic of national and global importance, giving delegates the chance to interact with the nation’s premier academic scholars, industry professionals, and well-known public figures. Delegates participate in small group “roundtables” led by a subject matter expert “facilitator” and work together to create a policy paper. MSC SCONA will be hosting its 63rd annual conference at Texas A&M from February 13-17, 2018. The topic for their 63rd Annual Conference is “New World Disorder: Reconsidering America’s Roles, Relationships, & Responsibilities”. For more information visit


Meet Famous Alumni at the Badger Leaders Conference


Get energized, enlightened, informed, and inspired at the Badger Leaders Conference, November 9–11.

The conference will open with a Thursday-night reception featuring keynote speakers Jim Doyle ’67 and Jessica Doyle ’67, MS’76. The former Wisconsin governor and his educator wife — who both served as Peace Corps volunteers — will share their thoughts about the university, public service, and the Wisconsin Idea.

This conference will prepare you for continued success in your volunteer and professional endeavors. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time on campus this fall and soak up some Badger spirit!


Law School Conference on International Humanitarian Law

“Critical, Historical, and Comparative Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law,” will be held at the Pyle Center on April 21-22, 2017. The conference will be an interdisciplinary conversation on the histories, rules, and implementation of international humanitarian law with the goal of beginning an exchange among practitioners, lawyers, and scholars who focus specifically on international humanitarian law in its own right, as well as in comparison with human rights and criminal law.

Visit the conference website for the program and a list of participants.


Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference

The 2017 Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference, which is being hosted by Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and will take place March 31 and April 1. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students that are working on their own research papers, and would like to gain experience presenting at an academic conference. For more information click here.

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2017 “A New Era of Great Power Competition?”

The 57th annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) on April 11-13, 2017. NAFAC is one of the United States’ leading foreign affairs conferences for undergraduate students to discuss global issues. The conference also provides the opportunity for students to engage with an international network of future civil and military leaders within the historic walls of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Continue reading

International Education Week (IEW)

The International Education Week (IEW) will be November 14-18, 2016. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and of Education. This is an important part of their “efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”  For details about the events, programs, and other activities click here.