Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Marie Koko

Senior Career Services Coordinator

Marie Koko

Office: 204 Observatory Hill Office Building
Phone: 608-262-3908
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Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1211

After 10 years serving as the Career & Internship Specialist for Government/Policy/International Affairs & Law at SuccessWorks, Marie is thrilled to be part of the La Follette School of Public Affairs as the Coordinator of Career Services. She brings particular expertise in applying to government agencies – especially in the intelligence community – but has worked with students applying to virtually every area of public service including programs like AmeriCorps/Peace Corps, the Boren Scholarship/Fellowship, Congressional/WI Legislative positions, Nonprofits, Consulting Firms, and many more.  In this role, she meets with both MPA and MIPA students as well as Undergraduate Policy Certificate students to assist them in all aspects of the career development and application process. Marie has been and will continue as an active participant in UW’s Wisconsin in Washington program, the Law & Public Policy Working Group (which she co-founded), and the Government College Relations Council - a group which works to create strong connections between member universities and government agencies and which hosts an annual Government Career Fair in Chicago every November.   

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance from Drake University and her Masters in Counseling from Concordia University.  Prior to her time at UW, she worked at Concordia University - Chicago, Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, and The University of Nevada – Reno in both career and academic advising roles.  Prior to earning her Master’s degree, she worked as the Property Manager for both a large private management company, and the largest private property owner in the Oak Park, IL area. Her first job out of college was working for an international freight forwarder as an Ocean Import Logistics Agent which just goes to show – major does not always equal career! 

Marie is a native on the Chicago area (Oak Park) and lived in Vienna, Austria, for a year during her study abroad. She has travelled to most of the world, but is still working on several bucket list destinations. In her spare time, she can be found watching far too much TV, helping find homes for homeless cats as the Volunteer Orientation Coordinator for Angel’s Wish in Verona, and looking for “treasures” in thrift and antique shops. 

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