University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Idea Seminar Internship

The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a five-day study tour of Wisconsin that offers faculty and staff the opportunity to learn firsthand about the social and cultural contexts that shape the lives of many of our Wisconsin students and to see what the Wisconsin Idea looks like in practice. Of particular interest are collaborations that are rooted in the local community and shaped by local priorities.

The Wisconsin Idea Seminar Communications Internship offers the opportunity to:

  •  interact and collaborate with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students, and state-wide community members;
  • take initiative on content creation in consultation with Seminar director and others;
  • hone communication skills for a variety of audiences;
  • get experience planning and developing complex events and programs;
  • learn about Wisconsin and its history, people, languages, cultures, and economy.


Fall 2017. Starting date of August 30; preference given to students who can continue the internship through Spring 2018 and into the Summer 2018.

5-10 hours during the semester; hours are flexible between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday – Friday

Key areas

Social Media/Web Communications

Event Planning

Public Relations


Photography and image editing

Database Management


Serve as a professional representative of the Wisconsin Idea seminar to our faculty, staff, and external community.

Compose quarterly articles for Wisconsin Idea Seminar newsletter and content for website on an as-needed basis.

Assist in development and curation of Wisconsin Idea Seminar archive (three decades of documents, photographs, travel literature and ephemera)

Develop social media presence by generating content and ideas for Instagram and possibly other platforms

Make updates to website through WordPress as requested.

Assist Wisconsin Idea Seminar director with general office tasks such as campus pick-ups/deliveries, making copies, scanning documents.

Activities may occasionally take place on a weekend or during the evening. Intern will be asked in advance if he/she is available to work during these irregular hours for a special event and compensated hourly for his/her time. Assisting at an evening or weekend event is not required for the position, but preferred if their schedule allows.


Applicants must be UW-Madison students in good standing, making normal progress toward a degree.

Required Qualifications

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office

Demonstrated attention to detail

Willingness to learn new skills

Experience using Instagram (ideally beyond personal use) and WordPress

Ability to conduct interviews and research and synthesize the information into timely, well-crafted blog posts.

Good interpersonal skills to work well with others

Good oral and written communication skills

Organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills

Self-starter able to work independently with minimal supervision


Ability to manage confidential information

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in Wisconsin, its history, people, culture, and industries
  • Graphic design experience


Starting compensation: $10.00 per hour (possibility for increase pending satisfactory performance and other factors)

Internship Course

Student is encouraged but not required to enroll in campus internship course in Fall 2017. Examples include ILS-260 or J697.

How to apply

All applications are due Friday, May 19, 2017.

Completed applications require:

  1. Detailed letter of interest highlighting related work experience and days and number of hours per week you are available to work
  2. Résumé
  3. Names and contact information of two references (e.g. a professor, current or previous employer)
  4. Two writing samples (ex: blog posts, web content, press releases, short academic papers)
  5. Student Record (unofficial transcript)

Address cover letter to Catherine Reiland.

Send application materials as one pdf file to