Imagine Madison

The City Needs Your Input

The City of Madison is currently updating its comprehensive plan — a document that will guide how the city is physically shaped in the coming decades and how the people living here will experience their city. And your input is needed! City staff are very interested in hearing from UW students, and the easiest way to offer your thoughts is to take this interactive survey.

Want to get even more involved? Volunteers are needed to work with the city’s Planning Division to engage community members in the Imagine Madison project. To volunteer, please email Ana Arellano at

Student Intern Openings at the Morgridge Center for Public Service

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is currently hiring undergraduate student interns for the 2017-18 academic year! All positions pay $10/ hour and require a commitment of between ~10 hours per week. Intern applications are due March 12. Students interested in applying for multiple positions should complete the individual application materials for each position.

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Newman Civic Fellowship

Students can now apply to 2017-18 Newman Civic Fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports one community-committed student per participating campus who has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Fellows receive learning opportunities focused on the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities. Click here to learn more.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.

Public Service Fair

The Spring Public Service Fair will occur Wednesday, January 25, from 3:00PM-6:00PM at Varsity Hall, Union South.

The Public Service Fair is an bi-annual event that hosts over 65 representatives from non-profit organizations and governmental agencies who showcase their current volunteer, internship, and/or employment opportunities. This event is perfect for students seeking internships, post-grad job opportunities in the nonprofit sector, and local volunteer experiences. Many organizations will be highlighting their summer internship openings.

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The Fund for the Public Interest at Morgridge Center Public Service Fair

The Fund for the Public Interest is reaching out to students on campus in advance of the Morgridge Center Public Service Fair on January 25th, which it will be participating in. They are working to recruit graduating seniors to direct their campaign offices across the nation both currently and over the summer. For non-senior students, they have paid part-time positions and unpaid internship opportunities. They are also hiring for full-time summer positions. This is a great opportunity for students interested in gaining experience in grassroots organizing, political campaigns, and building communication and leadership skills.


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Wisconsin Idea Fellowships

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. Learn more.

Morgridge Center for Public Service: Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Language tutors needed

The Language Institute is seeking volunteer tutors/conversation partners in Arabic and Japanese as part of the Less Commonly Taught Languages High School Tutoring Program. Volunteers will meet once per week with high school students using videoconferencing technology to provide conversation practice. Must have equivalent knowledge to third year of college study or be a native speaker. Must be available at one of the following times:

Mondays: 10:05 – 10:45am
Tuesday-Friday: 10:09 – 11:01am
Monday-Friday: 7:35 – 8:20am; 8:50 – 9:41am
Mondays: 10:05 – 10:45am; 1:00 – 1:40pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10:09 – 11:01am; 1:45 – 2:40pm

To apply send a short statement of interest (explaining your qualifications and days/times you would be able to tutor) and a resume to Wendy Johnson ( by Feb. 5th.

Volunteer for Sustain Dane

Sustain Dane is looking for volunteers for their Admin Volunteer and Business Communications & Administrative Volunteer positions. Volunteerships are generally organized around specific tasks that support Sustain Dane’s programs and require around a 4 – 10 hour time commitment. Click here for more information.


Teaching English Abroad Info Session

Want to teach English abroad during or after your studies? Come to this info session on Jan. 27th from 4 to 5pm in Union South. Learn about different programs and internships during and after your studies, funding, course credit, etc. and have specific questions answered by advisors from the International Internship Program (IIP) and L&S Career Services. Click here for more information.

Nonprofit Careers – UW Alumni Panel

Interested in working in the nonprofit sector? Learn more about the field at the panel on Jan. 27th from 5 to 5:45pm in Union South. Each panelist will present on their own career path for 3-5 minutes. A moderator will then ask 2-3 questions about key job search strategies such as networking, resume development, career pathways, etc. There will be time for questions in the end. Click here to learn more.

Jobs & Internships

Aldo Leopold Nature Center Spring & Summer Jobs

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center seeks qualified applicants for several naturalist positions to teach spring school-year field trip programs (mid-April-early June) and summer camp programs (June-August). Candidates must be available at least 2-3 half or full days per week on average, at a minimum. Spring naturalists will be scheduled around their availability and the school field trip schedule. Starting pay is $26 per 1.5 hour program and increased accordingly for longer programs. Click here to learn more.

Cleveland First Fellows

The Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, is launching the Cleveland First Fellows program to offer emerging young leaders from across the country the skills and networks needed to create the community they envision and jumpstart a career in public service. A select group of Fellows will spend a year embedded in public sector agencies in Cleveland working on the frontlines of civic innovation. Applications will open in February 2016 and the inaugural group of Cleveland First Fellows will begin in September 2016. Click here for more information.

Spring Public Service Fair

Find jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities

The Spring Public Service Fair is an annual event hosting over 70 local non-profit agencies and student orgs who showcase their volunteer, advocacy, and service-learning opportunities. Find jobs, internships and volunteer work that match your interests and major. This year the fair will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27th from 3 – 6pm in Varsity Hall, Union South. Click here to learn more about the fair

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Badger Volunteers

Registration opens Thursday, January 21 at 12:01am!

Go online to choose a volunteer opportunity from one of 75+ community partner sites. With a team of fellow UW students, you’ll volunteer with that community partner at the same time and day once every week. Your commitment lasts one full semester, and transportation is provided if needed. We expect all 850 slots to fill, so grab yours as soon as possible. You can preview sites here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Wisconsin Historical Society Editorial Intern

The Wisconsin Historical Society is looking for a volunteer Editorial Intern for the Wisconsin Magazine of History. This spring 2016 position provides an exciting introduction to the publishing industry and offers excellent preparation for a job in communications. 10-15 hours per week. Click here for more info.

High School Algebra Tutor

Achievement Connections is looking for volunteer algebra tutors. The program matches a tutor one-on-one with a local high schooler struggling in algebra. Interested volunteers are asked to commit once per week for at least one semester. Comprehensive training is provided. Sign up here.


Spring 2016 Public Service Fair

The Spring Public Service Fair is Wednesday, Jan. 27th from 3 to 6pm in Varsity Hall at Union South. This is a great way to find volunteer opportunities, jobs and internships with local and national nonprofit/ government organizations. Stop by to explore any time that works for you. We only do this twice a year! Click here for more information.

Jobs & Internships

Sustainability Intern

The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability is now recruiting interns for summer 2016. Applications are due January 26. The student internship program is intended to engage student creativity, energy, and leadership around sustainability principles while using our campus as a living laboratory to study sustainability. Students work collaboratively with Office of Sustainability leadership and other campus partners to tackle a range of sustainability projects. Learn more here.

Latino Earth Partnership Internship

The UW-Madison Arboretum’s Earth Partnership program collaborates with schools, school district offices, botanic gardens, nature and conservation organizations and Latino, tribal and public agencies to build the capacity of informal and formal K-12 educators to integrate multicultural perspectives into place and project-based curricula, professional development, and community engagement. This internship will provide administrative support for Earth Partnership’s LEP program with Centro Hispano. Learn more!

Community GroundWorks 

Community GroundWorks has four great internships open for the 2016 growing season. As an intern, you can expect to be fully immersed in hands-on experiences, as well as training and professional development. Click here to learn more. Internships include:

  • Troy Community Farm
  • Troy Kids’ Garden
  • Goodman Youth Farm
  • Troy Natural Areas

REAP, a local food system nonprofit, is looking for a spring 2016 Development & Communication Intern. The internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in sustainable food, social media, communications, nonprofit development, graphic design and event planning. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 22. Learn more here.Development & Communications Internship