Money for Internships- Deadline March 31!

Apply for the L&S Career Initiative and Career Services Summer Internship Scholarship! Awards range from $2000 – $5000 and are made possible through the generous donations from the Henderson-Reznick family, the Shinners family, and the Picus family.

Applications are due on March 31, 2017. Students may apply through their Scholarships@UW-Madison page.

Eligibility:
• Must be a College of Letters & Science student
• Graduating in December 2017 or May/August 2018
• Must be in residence (on campus) for the 2017-2018 academic year
• Must have an internship offer prior to applying for scholarship
• Must be enrolled in a UW-Madison sponsored internship course (students are responsible for all fees associated with required course credits).
o Domestic Internships: Students are required to enroll in Inter-LS 260 or another approved UW-Madison internship course. Instructions about enrollment will be emailed to award recipients.
o International Internships: For internships occurring outside of the United States, students are required to work with the International Internship Program (IIP) to obtain academic credit. For more information: http://internships.international.wisc.edu/students/wip/.

Preference given to students seeking internships in the non-profit, humanitarian, scientific research or government sectors. Preference also given to students that have not had any internship experiences to date.

 

Job Shadow with Altria over Spring Break

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Would you like the opportunity to learn how to apply sales and category management skills in real business situations? Do you enjoy working with people? Would providing beneficial insights and recommendations to customers be exciting? Are you up for the experience?

We invite you to work with an Altria Territory Sales Manager!

This opportunity will expose you to real business, communication and selling situations. You will learn how a Territory Sales Manager successfully manages a territory and partnerships with approximately 130 retail accounts representing about $15 million in annual sales.

Why consider Altria?

An internship/ full time position offers you responsibility Day One. You could manage some of the biggest brands and promotional programs right away. Don’t worry, there is best-in-class training and leadership development tailored to the individual to help you succeed.

Don’t just take our word on it… below is a quote from an L&S Alumni (2010), Sarah Hanson:

“I chose Altria because it offered more than an entry level job, it offered a career path. Altria also provided a competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits package which, quite frankly, was important to me. I remain with Altria because I am continually challenged with new roles and responsibilities, I am provided consistent training and skill development and I have developed a large network of supportive colleagues and friends.”

Who We Are:

Altria Group is a Fortune 200* company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more than 180 years, Altria’s companies have built some of the best-known brands in the world – Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal and Black & Mild – that today lead their respective categories.

Role of the Field Sales:

Because our Field Sales Force focuses on customer contact to drive sales, our people’s skills make all the difference. These skills help us cultivate relationships and connect some of the world’s best-known brands with trade partners in lasting, collaborative efforts.

At Altria, talented leaders are trained to identify opportunities and provide solutions to retail trade and wholesale partners. Strong analytical and communication skills are critical to the success in our field sales force.

Our ultimate purpose is to grow both Altria’s tobacco companies’ and our customers’ businesses by promoting and demonstrating mutual success.

Job Shadowing Criteria:

*Freshman or Sophomore

*At least 18 years of age at the time of the job shadowing

*Students participating will be asked to sign a Job Shadowing waiver

Job Shadow Details:

*Plan to spend ½ a day with an Altria Territory Sales Manager in their territory

*Location of the Job Shadowing- Primarily Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota. Opportunities may exist in other locations; let us know if you are interested in other markets and where when applying.

*There may be opportunities to job shadow with a UW Alumni. If you’re interested, let us know when applying.

How to Apply on Buckynet:

Submit Resume / Waiver – Contact stephanie.m.frank@altria.com for questions about resume and waiver

How Two L&S Students Turned Summer Internships into Full-Time Jobs at American Family Insurance

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At American Family Insurance, we’ve developed our internship program to be a great opportunity for ambitious students to engage in professional and challenging work along with the opportunity to be a part of our talent pipeline for future full-time openings. Please read the following interview with two of our recent College of Letters and Science Interns to gain insight into their experience of being an intern that converts into a full-time employee with American Family.

1. James Ziglinski was a 2015 and 2016 Information Services intern who became a full-time employee in January 2017.

2. Matt Ruesch was a 2016 Information Services intern who became a full-time employee in September 2016.

How did you apply to American Family Insurance for your internship?

James: I found out about the position at the UW Computer Science career fair. I gave the recruiters my email and they sent me links to positions I could apply for. I was able to apply with my LinkedIn account, which was awesome.

Matt: I attended the UW Computer Science career fair and met a representative who began the process.

What was the interview process?

James: A few weeks after applying I received a call from an HR representative to set up an in-person interview. I could not attend in-person, so I ended up doing it remotely. They reserved a video conference meeting for me near Madison’s capitol and were very accommodating to my needs. I was interviewed by two managers (who later became my direct supervisors). They asked some technical questions, but the majority of the interview was behavioral based questions. After getting through the initial hurdle of being in an interview, it was actually just a pleasant conversation with some cool guys.

Matt: The interview process was very smooth. It started with a simple phone interview, which led to an in-person interview at the AmFam headquarters in Madison. The two people I interviewed with were very friendly and helped me feel relaxed.

What did you get to work on and do you believe it brought value to the organization?

James: I worked on 2 teams as an intern. While on the Native Android Team, I did proof of concepts (POCs) for various Android apps the company was thinking about building. We presented these to the whole company at the end of the summer and a couple of the POCs were continued and used. When I was part of the mobile-web team, we were tasked with rebuilding an internal website. It was actually really fun and we were given a ton of freedom. Again, at the end of the summer, we presented our website to the entire company and to this day, people still tell me how they like the new website much better than the old one.

Matt: I found myself working on numerous projects. One of the projects involved building a Life Insurance Calculator from the ground up, using Angular 2. I learned what it was like to have changing expectations and goals and found myself truly adopting one of AmFam’s six important core values: Agility. I believe I was able to bring value to the organization through my work.

What experiences did you have during your internship, outside of the work?

James: I was given opportunities to learn about various areas in the company and even took an all-day class about the overall insurance industry. We also got to do some career building courses, took a trip to DreamBank, and were given tours of different areas within National Headquarters; all during the workday, while getting paid. Outside of work, we went on a Betty Lou cruise and went to a Brewer’s game in the AmFam box at Miller Park. There were also tons of intern meet ups. I was lucky enough to develop close friendships with some of the other interns and we still get lunch together a few times per week.

Matt: AmFam offered many valuable opportunities during my internship to learn about the world of insurance, as well as a visit the DreamBank. My personal favorite experience was visiting the fully working smart home at the Applied Learning Center.

What was the best part of the internship?

James: The freedom. I was given room to breathe and do my work. Nobody is micro-managing you, but the support is there if you need it. The company is really focused on you developing as a professional, while completing work for them. As a programmer, it is essential to spend time keeping up with changes in technology, so the freedom really allowed for me to grow in areas that interested me.

Matt: It was immensely satisfying learning a new technology, Angular 2. Being among the first people in the company to pilot it and apply it in a practical way was a unique experience.

Describe the company culture.

James: Very laid-back. Everybody has things going on in their lives, so work-life balance is important. The company embraces this and actively strides to make work not get in the way of life.

Matt: The culture is my favorite aspect of AmFam. I have yet to meet a single person who is unwilling to help me. Everybody has been nothing but friendly and helpful since I started here and I can’t imagine a more comfortable work environment.

Were you hired as a full-time employee after your internship? If so, what was that process like for you?

James: I was lucky enough to continue my internship into the fall semester and was given a full-time job offer on one of the last days of the 2016 summer internship program to begin in January 2017.

Matt: I was offered a full-time position near the end of the 2016 summer internship program. After I accepted, the transition was very smooth. I moved to a real team and quickly began to integrate. It was a seamless process.

What do you find exciting about being part of American Family Insurance as a full-time employee now?

James: Aside from the pay and benefits, the potential. I have been full-time since January and am working on an awesome project, using modern technologies, with great people. One of my biggest fears as a programmer was getting put on team where I would be given backlog tasks for a year, which didn’t happen. It is really nice to know I am creating future opportunities for myself, while also getting my work done.

Matt: I love being able to contribute to web applications that are used by millions of people. It’s amazing to realize so many people will interact with and benefit from applications I helped build. In the short amount of time I have been here, I already had the opportunity to significantly contribute to an application recently launched and is in use online.

Looking to the future, we will continue to use our internship program as a pipeline for future talent because it’s been so successful for us. Currently, we’ve extended full-time employment offers to over 50% of eligible 2016 summer interns and look to exceed this in 2017. We know by offering talented student interns full-time employment we’re able to gain employees with diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, who have an established commitment to our customers, which is very important to us.

Student Spotlight: Maddie Peters

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YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
MAJOR: Biology and English

1. How did you first hear about Letters & Science Career Services? Unfortunately, I didn’t learn about the incredible services of Letters & Science Career Services until my junior year. I began volunteering as a Career Peer Ambassador, which allowed me to explore all the advising opportunities available to L&S students. Before this discovery, I felt overwhelmed and frustrated trying to craft important documents, such as resumes and cover letters, without proper guidance. I had previously heard of career services being offered through the University, but with the abundance of departments and schools, I struggled to access these resources. Understanding the availability of specific career advising and mock interviews has greatly helped me pursue my professional goals over the previous two years- I only wish I would have taken advantage of this valuable resource sooner!

2. What L&S Career Services program or service did you participate in? After my belated realization of all the opportunities available at L&S Career Services, I wanted to encourage other students to take advantage of these resources as early as possible. I began volunteering as a Career Peer Ambassador to spread awareness of L&S Career Services. Creating and gathering documents for your first professional job application is overwhelming. I know many people who prolonged applying to jobs simply because of the stress of this initial obstacle. Therefore, I wanted other students to feel supported earlier in their undergraduate career. Through the program, I attended many events to provide information and answer questions about L&S Career Services.

3. How do you think your experiences with our office have helped prepare you for the future? My experience with the office helped me find an internship that suited my very specialized interests in Biology and English. The advisors develop a personal relationship with you that allows them to offer individualized advice and job opportunities. Shaylea, an advisor, knew my background and career goals, and frequently forwarded me job opportunities and class openings that she knew would interest me. She even alerted me of an internship at Covance as a medical editor. I had never before heard of the field of medical writing and was immediately intrigued. I spent the summer interning with Covance and am still working there as a part-time employee. Without Shaylea, I never would have found this opportunity.

4. What advice would you give to other students? I would encourage other students to take advantage of these resources earlier in their undergraduate careers. Advisors have access to a lot of job opportunities and knowledge. The sooner you start to build a relationship with a specific advisor, the more individualized help they can offer you. Also, learn the basics of professional development and start drafting a resume early. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do, but having that foundation will make the job search and application process much less intimidating.

5. What are your overall career goals? I will be attending the University of Minnesota Medical School this fall to obtain my M.D. I want to practice holistic medicine with a focus on mental health advocacy. My well-rounded education in the College of Letters of Science has helped me cultivate the balanced and flexible mindset necessary for these goals.

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Student Spotlight: Kevin Bannerman Hutchful

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NAME: Kevin Bannerman Hutchful
YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior (5th Year)
MAJOR: Economics, Certificate in Computer Science

Career goals: I have aspirations to work in the tech industry, particularly Silicon Valley in California. For a while I’ve had a massive interest in the design and development aspects of technology, which led me to explore Software Engineering and User Experience design as potential career paths. I also have a passion for working with people and using empathy to understand and improve lives through technology. Ultimately, these interests led me to seek a career in Product Management, a career I’m grateful to say I can fulfill next year at Intuit.

How did you first hear about Letters and Sciences Career Services? I first heard about Letters and Sciences Career Services from an academic adviser as a freshman. It’s a resource I never really took advantage of when I was younger because I didn’t predict how much I would need it. In my junior year -when I realized my cover letters had the depth and quality of a 2nd grader’s colouring book- I started going to the office and greatly reaped the benefits.

How do you think your experiences with our office have helped prepare you for the future? I recently received and accepted an offer to work for Intuit as a Product Manager post-graduation, so I’d say it definitely helped! I received a lot of guidance while applying for full-time positions and reaching out to recruiters. It was especially helpful to get advice on constructing cover letters and tips to quickly write multiple letters for different companies. It can be a tiring process and they helped me save a lot of time/stress. Mock interviews were also super important for me, my career advisers helped me refine my responses and pick up on positive and negative things I didn’t notice about myself. I built a lot of confidence practicing with them, and this helped me crush my interviews.

What do you think the benefits of the Career Services Office are to students?
I cannot overstate how important it was for me to come to your office. Working with my amazing adviser Robyn was such a good experience for me. Everyone there is super nice and genuinely cares about your future. They provide all the services you’ll need as a student looking for work opportunities: they’ll help you look over your resume, edit your cover letters and facilitate mock interviews. They’ll get you into the mode of using the right language and asking the essential questions when communicating with employers. Also, their front desk has free candy, so there’s that. Their office was a massive resource to me and there are definitely way more benefits than what I’ve listed/experienced.

What advice would you give to other students?
Be proactive. A lot of people don’t realize, especially early on, the value of investing in your career during the early stages of college. I lucked out in getting my first internship last-minute my junior year. Start doing the research, take a look at your strengths and what brings you satisfaction and let that guide you in your career choice. Don’t be afraid to explore because it’s only when we leave our comfort zones that we learn new things about ourselves. Take advantage of as many resources as you can like the Career Fair, advising services, networking opportunities and websites like BuckyNet, AngelList and LinkedIn (I did my fair share of recruiter stalking). Always reach out for help, and most importantly don’t lose hope. Trying to find employment can sometimes feel like a marathon, but build that stamina. Keep applying, keep improving in whatever ways you can and don’t stop until you get there. It’ll always work out if you’re willing to pull out all the stops. Especially with the support and guidance of everyone at the Letters and Sciences Career Services.

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Job Shadow with Altria Over Winter Break

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Would you like the opportunity to go into the field and observe how an Altria Territory Sales Manager manages approximately 130 retail accounts, representing about $15 million in annual sales?

Looking for responsibility in your career starting day one? You could run a sales territory most of your peers will only dream about. You could manage some of the biggest brands and promotional programs, experience best-in-class training and leadership development, and learn to do business in a proactive, responsible and collaborative way.

Come and see what Altria is all about through their job shadowing opportunity!


*December 24th – January 16th

*Plan to spend ½ a day with an Altria Territory Sales Manager in their territory

Location of the Job Shadowing opportunity in the states of: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota


Who We Are: Altria Group is a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more than 180 years, Altria’s companies have built some of the best-known brands in the world – Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal and Black & Mild – that today lead their respective categories.

Role of the Field Sales: Because our Field Sales Force focuses on customer contact to drive sales, our people skills make all the difference. These skills help us cultivate relationships and connect some of the world’s best-known brands with trade partners in lasting collaborative efforts.

At Altria, talented leaders are trained to identify opportunities and provide solutions to retail trade and wholesale partners. Strong analytical and communication skills are critical to the success in our field sales force.

Our ultimate purpose is to grow both Altria’s tobacco companies’ and their customers’ businesses by promoting and demonstrating mutual success.

If the challenge of keeping up with a constantly growing and evolving organization excites you, then explore what we have to offer.

HOW TO APPLY ON BUCKYNET:

*Register or Log-in to BuckyNet at https://ls-wisc-csm.symplicity.com/students/

*Search Job Postings: “Altria Winter Job Shadowing – Territory Manager” – Job ID: 118089

*Attach your resume

*Attach a cover letter or brief description on why you would like to participate in this opportunity

*Complete the Job Shadowing waiver