Marie Koko

Credentials: Director of Career and Employer Services


Phone: 608-262-3908

2406 Sterling Hall
475 N Charter St,
Madison, WI 53706

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Marie is originally from the Chicago area (Oak Park) and joined La Follette School of Public Affairs in 2019 after 10 years as the Career & Internship Specialist for Government/Policy/International Affairs & Law (GPIAL) at SuccessWorks. She brings expertise in applying to federal/state/local government agencies and has worked with students applying to virtually every area of public service including AmeriCorps/Peace Corps, Congressional/State Legislature positions, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and many more. In this role, she meets with MPA and MIPA students and alums as well as undergraduate certificate students to assist them in all aspects of the professional development and career/internship application process.

Marie is on the Steering Committees of UW-Madison’s Wisconsin in Washington (WiW) program and the Government College Relations Council (GCRC) – a group that works to create strong connections between member universities and government agencies and hosts a Government Career Fair in Chicago every November. She also serves on the the Law & Public Policy Working Group (which she co-founded), and several campus wide committees.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from Drake University and her master’s in counseling from Concordia University. Before joining UW-Madison, she worked at Concordia University-Chicago, Florida Gulf Coast University, and The University of Nevada–Reno in career and academic advising roles.

Marie loves to travel and spent her Junior year in Vienna, Austria. She is currently working on many bucket-list destinations. In her spare time, she can be found streaming far too much TV with her cats Sophie, Mouse and Magnus, 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.

Marie was interviewed on a 1050 Bascom podcast episode and offered concrete advice for students seeking jobs and internships during the pandemic. She also shared helpful information about the La Follette School’s Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program and the Accelerated Master’s program open to select UW-Madison undergraduates.

Podcast interview