Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Career Events

The Career Services Coordinator helps La Follette School students transform the knowledge and skills gained through a rigorous program of advanced professional training into success in a competitive employment market. Students may schedule one-on-one appointments with Career Services Coordinator to discuss career goals, prospective internships and jobs, or to review application materials by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Public Affairs Professional Development Workshop

La Follette students are required to take the one-credit PA 800 Professional Development Workshop in their first fall semester. The Associate Director teaches the course, which focuses on essential skills students must have to be successful in graduate school and in their careers, such as policy memo writing, data visualization, job search and networking strategies, resume and cover letter development, interviewing, and policy memo writing. Students are also provided with hands-on opportunities to network with and learn from La Follette alumni and other public affairs professionals via guest speaker panels, speed networking events, mock interviews, and informational interviews.

Alumni Connections

Students can meet and work with La Follette School alumni and friends, many of whom hold important positions in international organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; nonprofit organizations; and private business. Students and alumni connect through speed networking, mentoring, work site visits, informational interviews, and the La Follette in D.C. and La Follette in Chicago programs. Many La Follette School alumni and friends share information about their jobs and workplaces, participate in professional development functions that highlight their knowledge and experience, and provide informational interviews for students. Alumni also serve as mentors, meaning students can arrange to meet with them two or more times to talk about career opportunities, visit a work site, discuss interviews, and/or review résumés.

Students interested in learning more about alumni and friends can:

  • look at the La Follette School group on LinkedIn; and
  • read alumni profiles (to find alumni in certain policy fields, search the school's web site for "profile, alumni, [policy field]", or click on policy field at end of an article to see more articles related to that topic).

To get alumni contact info, students can:

  • talk to the Career Services Coordinator, Associate Director, student services staff, outreach staff, or the University Relations Specialist
  • look them up in the Wisconsin Alumni Association directory (access limited to University of Wisconsin–Madison alumni);
  • contact them via LinkedIn;
  • or find their contact information on their employer's web site.

If information is out of date, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so staff can follow up with alumni to update.

Contact Career Development

Ph: 608.262.8631


Alumni Profile

  • Ryan Baumtrog, MPA 2008

    Ryan Baumtrog (MPA, 2008)

    The rigorous nature of the school and the natural competition with students taught me what it would take to succeed and make a difference in a professional environment.

Career News

  • Alumni, friends invited to Chicago reception Oct. 10

    The La Follette School is hosting an Alumni and Friends Reception in Chicago on Thursday, October 10. Theresa Mintle (MA ’91), interim vice chancellor for public and government affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will offer a few remarks and welcome nearly 30 students and staff to the Windy City.