By Leah Peterson
There comes a point in all college students’ lives where we find ourselves looking for jobs or internships, which can be a daunting process. Where do you even begin to start looking for a job that’s somehow related to your major and that you might want to do in the future? Luckily, the University of Wisconsin provides its students with access to the site BuckyNet, an online database that specifically connects employers and UW-Madison students to internships and full-time employment opportunities, on-campus interviews, and additional resources. In my own experience as a job seeker, BuckyNet has been helpful in connecting me with positions I am genuinely interested in that relate to both my major and career goals.
All you have to do to get started with your job search on BuckyNet is register at http://careers.ls.wisc.edu/buckynet–students.htm and you will get your account information emailed to you. To begin searching for a job or internship, hover over the “Jobs” tab and click on “BuckyNet Jobs.” This will take you to a list of job postings on BuckyNet that you can browse. To search for only internships, use the “Advanced Search” option located on the right of the screen to select “All Job Listings” under “Show Me” and “Internship” under “Position Type.” You will notice other fields that can help narrow your search. A broader search will obviously give you more options to explore, but if you know key factors for a job or internship you want, like the location or amount of travel you’re willing to do, it’s really helpful to clarify those in your search options from the start.
When you decide to apply for a job or internship posting, the company will specify the application process. In some cases, you will submit your resume through BuckyNet. In other cases, you will be directed to the company’s website and asked to apply through their employment pages. If you have questions about your application status after the follow-up timeframe, feel free to email the main contact whose information appears in the right column of the job/internship posting.
Your account also has the option of favoriting jobs and internships you wish to apply to later. To favorite a job, simply click on the star next to the job title in the job posting list. This will add the job to your favorites list, which you can easily access under the “My Favorites” tab under the “Job Postings” section. Any favorited jobs or internships will be saved there.
Having access to BuckyNet is extremely beneficial to UW-Madison students because we know these employers are specifically looking for students with a certain skillset and education within the College of Letters & Science. Take advantage of this free service to get you one step closer to finding your future job or internship!