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.
Ways to connect
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 resumes.
How to get alumni contact information
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Talk to La Follette School Career Services Coordinator and staff
Talk to the Career Services Coordinator, Associate Director, student services staff, outreach staff, or the University Relations Specialist
Look alumni up on Badger Bridge (access limited to University of Wisconsin–Madison students & alumni).
Badger Bridge is a UW-Madison specific networking tool that allows you to both re-connect with old classmates as well as enabling you to utilize the trusted UW-Madison environment to expand your professional network.
UW Alumni Facebook Groups
You can try to find alumni contact information on their employer’s web site
If you find alumni information is out of date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so staff can follow up with alumni to update.
Alumni News and Profiles
Over half of our most recent master's degree alumni accepted positions in government. Plus, a recent alum was listed as one of "12 people to watch in 2023" by the Cap Times.
Alumni of the JD-MPA dual degree program share their experiences and how the program prepared them for their careers.
From cities to nations, our alumni have taken on roles as leaders, communicators, and changemakers.
In her December letter to alumni and friends, La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee reflected on the past year and looked forward to 2022.
Recent alumni started exciting new roles and shared their expertise on a podcast and in the news.
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"My client-based projects gave me useful real-world experience that can be transferred to other settings."
Having served at the federal, state, county, and local level, I’m living proof that a La Follette School education can literally prepare you for almost any career field in government.
The La Follette School will give you the tools necessary to be successful in a career in public policy, regardless of the sector or level of government you are interested in.
The breadth of coursework I completed at the La Follette School provided me the opportunity to approach challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. Flood events trigger many different social and institutional dynamics that all must be considered when identifying solutions.
Having professors like Dave Weimer and Greg Nemet consistently challenge me—asking questions, throwing curve balls into assignments, and making us do some serious critical thinking—has really helped me become a more confident employee.
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