Wisconsin in Washington students wearing Badger gear at sporting event

Wisconsin in Washington: Alumni & Friends

Get Involved

Each student is paired with an alumni mentor to meet with during their time on the program.

Mentors help orient students to the city, offer professional advice, and are often a less intimidating way for students to start networking in DC.

A big part of Wisconsin in Washington’s success come from our guest speakers every semester.

Whether you’re broadly explaining your work or introducing the nuances of specific policy, students are inspired when you are able to connect real world experiences to their areas of study.

Does your organization hire interns?

We strive to provide students with internship opportunities that allow for substantive work and professional growth.

Take a look at our guidelines for internship hosts and reach out our Program Director, Bola Olaniyan to learn more about hosting an intern!

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Take our students behind the scenes to see what your professional work environment looks like!

We’re excited to hear about the day-to-day operations of your organization and appreciate the opportunity to move our learning outside of the traditional classroom.

Students should be worrying about their grades, not whether they can afford their program.

Please consider supporting a student by donating to the Wisconsin in Washington Scholarship Fund, so students of all financial backgrounds have access to this program.

Together, let’s make sure that costs don’t become a reason for missing a great opportunity.

If you’re ready to take the next step and learn more about how to get involved, please fill out this Engagement Form or contact our Program Director, Bola Olaniyan.

There are many ways to engage with students throughout their program experience.

Before Arriving in Washington, DC

Students enroll in a non-credit preparation course designed to help them identify their priorities when applying for an internship.

We welcome the involvement of anyone who is excited to encourage students through this first step of their program.

While in Washington, DC

From participating in a career panel, to conducting mock interviews, to critiquing resume, or simply helping student orient themselves to the city, there are a range of ways to engage with students while they’re in DC that will make a lasting impact.

After Washington, DC

We’re proud to support our students by continuing to connect them with resources following their program in DC until they graduate UW-Madison.

Your engagement is especially helpful  for students during this time. Whether it be meeting to debrief about their experience, reaching out to connect them with community resources, or offering career advice as they send out their resumes – we are excited to have your involvement during this transition in students lives.