Don’t Call It a Gap Year…

Freshman year – Sophomore year – Junior year – Senior year – City Year.

Many people have heard of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America programs. Have you heard of City Year? Some of us in Career & Leadership Development had the chance to learn more about the program today.

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide targeted interventions for students most at risk of dropping out of school. The focus is on supporting students in the areas of attendance, behavior, and course performance through tutoring, mentoring, and after school programming. There are City Year programs in 24 cities across the United States, one of which is Milwaukee.

Students from a variety of major/career areas become City Year corps members. Some of the most common areas include:

  • Education
  • Medicine/Public Health
  • Social Work

No matter the field you’re going into, you’ll develop important job skills like team leadership, project planning/management, and communication. But if you are going into education or human/social services, City Year could be invaluable career preparation. Therefore, City Year isn’t a gap year experience. There’s nothing missing. It’s a “leap” year experience that takes you to the next level in whatever direction you might go afterwards.

City Year Milwaukee has a growing relationship with UW-Whitewater, so there will be many future opportunities to meet the Milwaukee team on campus. If you are interested in learning more about the program, check out their virtual open house and their websites:

City Year Milwaukee also has a Shadow Day coming up on Tuesday, October 30th. Contact their recruitment department for more information.

Find Your Internship at the 2012 Hawk Career Fair

Planning for a Summer 2013 internship? Still looking for a fall semester internship? Exploring spring opportunities? Then this year’s Hawk Career Fair is the place you need to be!

Of the 114 employers registered to attend the fair, 52 of them are seeking interns. Here is the list of specific internship positions being recruited for. To get more details, log into Hawk Jobs. You can search by employer through the “Career Fairs & Workshops” tab or search by position through the “Job Search” tab and using the provided job IDs.


  1. District Manager Internship with ALDI Inc.
  2. Human Resources Internship with Aptar – Seaquist Closures (Job ID 19849)
  3. IT Internship with Assurant Health (Job ID 20378)
  4. IT Business Analyst and Programmer Internships with C.H. Robinson
  5. Various Internships with Colony Brands, formerly The Swiss Colony (Job ID 20116)
  6. Management Trainee with Consolidated Electrical Distributors (Job ID 20396)
  7. Junior Programming Internship with Data Specialists, Inc. (Job ID 19974)
  8. Operations Internship with Direct Supply (Job ID 19622)
  9. CIS Application Support Internship with Direct Supply (Job ID 19623)
  10. Marketing Internship with Direct Supply (Job ID 19624)
  11. Management Trainee Internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  12. Management Trainee Internship with First Supply (Job ID 20497)
  13. Purchasing Internship with Generac Power Systems (Job ID 20361)
  14. Production Control Internship with Generac Power Systems (Job ID 20362)
  15. Other Various Internships with Generac Power Systems (Job ID 20185)
  16. IT Leadership Program Internship with GE (Job ID 20085)
  17. Production Management Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19893)
  18. Quality & Process Control Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19894)
  19. Supply Chain Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19895)
  20. IT Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19897)
  21. Sales Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19899)
  22. Marketing Internship with Hormel Foods (Job ID 19900)
  23. Accounting, Sourcing and Customer Service Internships with IEWC
  24. Commercial Lines Claims and Underwriter Internships with Indiana Insurance, a division of Liberty Mutual (Job ID 20186)
  25. Supply Chain and Safety Internships with J.W. Speaker Corporation
  26. Accounting Internship with Kerry Ingredients & Flavours (Job ID 19856)
  27. Human Resources Internship with Kerry Ingredients & Flavours ( Job ID 19857)
  28. Accounting/Finance Internship with Kohler Co. (Job ID 20143)
  29. Loss Prevention Internship with Kohl’s Department Stores (Job ID 20643)
  30. Store Management Internships with Kohl’s Department Stores
  31. Management Internship with Maurices (Job ID 20504)
  32. Financial Representative Internships with Northwestern Mutual (Job IDs 1340 and 18329)
  33. IT Internship with Northwestern Mutual (Job ID 20494)
  34. Marketing Internships with ORBIS Corporation (Job ID 19438 and 20268)
  35. IT Internships with ORBIS Corporation (Job ID 20267 and 20358)
  36. Marketing Analyst Internship with ORBIS Corporation (Job ID 20359)
  37. Sales and Management Trainee Internships with Penske Truck Leasing
  38. Manufacturing Operations Internship with Poclain Hydraulics (Job ID 20284)
  39. Accounting/Finance and Actuary Internships with QBE the Americas
  40. Change Management, Software Developer and System Administrator Internships with Quad/Graphics
  41. Supply Chain Co-Op with Rockwell Automation (Job ID 20515)
  42. Application Development Internship with Schreiber Foods (Job ID 20319)
  43. IS Customer Support Internship with Schreiber Foods (Job ID 20320)
  44. Various Computer Science Internships with Skyline Technologies (Job ID 20318)
  45. Stores Executive Internship with Target (Job ID 18048)
  46. Finance Internships with TDS (Job IDs 20522 and 20523)
  47. Management/Sales Internship Program with Sherwin-Williams (Job ID 20091)
  48. Community Management Internship with Walgreens (Job ID 20182)
  49. IT Internships with We Energies
  50. Java Software Developer Internship with Widen Enterprises (Job ID 20208)
  51. Consulting Internship with Wipfli (Job ID 20092)
  52. Marketing Research Internship with Zywave (Job ID 20308)
  53. Software Developer Internship with Zywave (Job ID 20310)

Other employers are looking to connect with potential interns but don’t have specific openings. These include:

To make sure you’re ready for the fair, you can find some great posts on career fair strategies on our Career Spotlight Blog.

And get your resume recruiter-ready during this week’s Resume Doctor rotations. No appointments necessary – Resume reviews are first come, first served.

Finally, check out UWW Career on Facebook and Twitter for additional resume and career fair tips. Trying to figure out what to wear to the fair? Take a peek at my Pinterest boards, What to Wear – Women and What to Wear – Men.

There is a lot of career stuff going on in Career & Leadership Development this month, all of it geared at helping you get that internship! Good luck!

Be an Intern with Career & Leadership Development!

Here in Career & Leadership Development, we don’t just write about interns, we hire them, too! Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-13 academic year. Here is a run-down of the available opportunities. All are paid positions.

  • Budget Specialist Intern (15 hours/week): The Budget Specialist Intern will be working in the new Student Involvement Office (to be located where the existing Women’s Resource Center is presently located). This intern will assist SUF (Segregated University Fees) funded student organizations in understanding how to request, access, and use their SUF monies.
  • Involvement Interns (3 positions – 15 hours/week): Again working out of the new Student Involvement Office, the Involvement Interns will be responsible for staffing the Office, helping students with JOIN!, working with students to develop involvement plans, and presenting to New Student Seminar classes and student organizations.
  • Pride Interns (3 positions – 15 hours/week): The three Pride Interns will be responsible for staffing the PB Poorman PRIDE Center, supporting educational programs and connecting with faculty, staff, and organizations that address LGBT student issues.
  • SEAL Interns (12 positions – 15-20 hours/week): The Student Entertainment & Awareness League is UW-Whitewater’s primary programming board, bringing you bands, comedians, movies, night clubs, and a whole host of other fun activities. The available roles are as follows:
    • Community Service Intern: Coordinates the America Reads program as well as other service initiatives.
    • Entertainment Interns: Coordinate a variety of events designed to bring the campus community together in socially entertaining ways.
    • Greek Life Intern: Implements Greek life initiatives, educational programs, and alumni outreach.
    • Management Intern: Responsible for the day-to-day operation of SEAL and outreach to student groups for opinions and collaboration.
    • Movie Interns: Coordinate weekly weekend movies.
    • Large Events Intern: Coordinates larger weekend entertainment events and acts as a liaison with Residence Life.
    • Promotions Intern: Assists all SEAL Interns with additional promotional support and promotes events electronically (Facebook, Twitter, videos, etc.).
  • Graphic Designers (10-15 hours/week): Seeking a career in graphic design? This ideal opportunity provides you with real design experience working on projects for Career & Leadership Development as well as SEAL.
  • Front Desk Staff (8-12 hours/week): Work on the front lines of Career & Leadership Development. Our Front Desk Staff are responsible for the reception and clerical needs of the office.

While not a part of Career & Leadership Development, you can also apply to be a Campus Service Officer (CSO – formerly Event Crew). Working 7-15 hours/week, you will serve as a resource to students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the campus community by providing awareness of security. The CSOs will assist with officer duties, such as pedestrian crossing and night patrol. CSOs will also assist in executing the campus’ Special Event Policy and the Academic Building Manager duties. Shifts vary between early morning, late night, and weekends.

Application Information

  1. Applications are available at The entire application process is done electronically.
    1. Complete and submit the online application.
    2. Send your resume to
    3. Have 2 references complete and submit the online reference form at
  2. Applications are due by Friday, March 23. Completed applications must include the online application, 2 references, and a resume.
  3. Interviews will be held on April 12th and 13th.
  4. Decisions and notifications will be made the week of April 23rd.
  5. A new employee meeting will take place before the end of the spring semester.

If you have questions about these employment opportunities or the application process, contact Melissa Grosso at

What Working for Disney Could Teach You…


Photo by xlibber

As you read this blog post, I will be en route to visit UW-Whitewater students participating in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. I am excited for this opportunity to see the work our students are doing there and to discuss their experiences in the midst of their program.

I have to admit that before I started my job as Internship Coordinator, I didn’t know much about the Disney College Program. I have since, clearly, learned a lot both from the Disney College Program staff and from UW-Whitewater program alumni.

In the process, I have become aware of common concerns people have with the program. In case you don’t know, DCPers (as I like to call them) can work in food service, custodial, and housekeeping, among many other front-line park and resort roles. I can definitely understand people’s concerns – how is an “internship” bussing tables beneficial?

I will tell you how this program is beneficial to a student’s career development. It’s all about transferable skills!

  • Communication Skills: According the the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), verbal communication skills top the list of what employers are seeking in new college graduates. However, communications skills are often found to be lacking in job candidates. Not a good combination. Many of the roles in the Disney College Program involve a lot of guest interaction. DCPers have ample opportunity to develop strong communication skills when they…
    • Greet guests arriving at a resort
    • Respond to guest’s questions and provide information
    • Handle guest complaints or concerns
  • Interpersonal Skills: Obviously there is some overlap here with the communication skills, but interpersonal skills go deeper into the ability to develop rapport with people. One important thing that I’ve learned about working in Disney’s parks and resorts: “cast members” are part of a show. As such, connecting with guests and making sure that they are having a magical experience is key. DCPers develop interpersonal skills when they…
    • Interact with guests from around the world
    • Assist guests in planning their visits
    • Approach guests and engage them in conversation
  • Work Ethic: Certain skills are important to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and overall job satisfaction. Basic skills in decision making, cooperation, time management, attention to detail, and meeting goals are all necessary in the workplace. At Disney, students develop these skills when they…
    • Operate sophisticated ride systems in an Attractions role
    • Ensure Character Performer safety as a Character Attendant
    • Manage a seating chart working in Food and Beverage

Development of these transferable skills, to only name a few, is going to help DCPers qualify for more advanced opportunities including Disney Professional Internships and other non-Disney internships.

For those of you not in the Disney College Program, think about similar experiences you have already had. Have you worked in food service or retail? The same transferable skills likely apply.

So remember, the important element of any work experience is what you do/did. Your job title is not everything. Make sure your skills shine through.

See you after Spring Break!

Fall Internships with The Escape Teen Center in Fort Atkinson

The Escape Teen Center in Fort Atkinson is seeking students to fill three different internship positions for Fall 2010: Development/Special Events Intern, Public Relations/Marketing Intern, and Program Intern.

About the Escape: The Escape of Fort Atkinson strives to serve the educational, social, recreational, and spiritual needs of the Fort Atkinson area teen by providing a safe place to call their own. Their mission and purpose is defined by their “4Cs:” Connected to Christ. Constructing Character. Conditioning Conduct. Caring for the Community. Their programs serve an average of 40 youth a night during the school year, in both middle school and high school programs.

Position Overviews:

Development/Special Events Intern

The Development Intern is responsible for assisting the Development Director in donor fundraising activities, coordinating fundraising events, grant writing, and soliciting corporate donations. The internship will focus on assisting with the donor breakfast and Community First Night, along with grant writing and other special events and duties. The intern will be expected to attend board meetings, the majority of special events, and staff meetings.

They are looking for a student majoring in or with experience in communications, marketing, event planning, or public relations (preferably).

Public Relations/Marketing Intern

The Public Relations/Marketing Intern is responsible for assisting the Development Director in the promotion of the Escape Teen Center programs and special events. They are also responsible for assisting in ongoing and special marketing campaigns. The internship will also focus on creating newsletters, brochures, and other related collateral. The intern will be expected to attend board meetings, the majority of special events, and staff meetings.

They are looking for a student majoring in or with experience in graphic design, communications, marketing, event planning, or public relations (preferably). Experience with Adobe InDesign/Photoshop also preferred.

Program Intern

The Program Intern’s focus is on planning and implementing various programs and events for the Escape Teen Center’s participants. They are responsible for assisting in overseeing the youth at the center and assuring the center is a safe, welcoming place. They are also responsible for researching and implementing activities as directed by the Program Director.

They are looking for a student majoring in or with experience in psychology, education, youth development, sociology, or social work (preferably). Applicants should be available to work some hours when the center is open:

  • Middle School Program – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3-6pm
  • High School Program – Tuesdays and Wednesday from 6-9pm; Fridays from 6-10pm

Details for All Three Positions:

All interns must demonstrate an ability to relate to the needs and concerns of youth. Candidates must work effectively with individuals, group, and co-workers. Selected individuals must be committed to youth issues, be creative, self-motivated, and possess the ability to work independently while having the ability to take direction from others and work well in a team setting. The intern must have excellent personal and professional boundaries. Finally, interns must be willing to undergo a background check (required by law).

All positions begin in September 2010. Work hours are 10-35 hours/week, and some hours may be performed from outside of the center. Interns may attend additional meetings and activities as needed.

Interested? Email me, Laura Jacobs, at