University of Wisconsin–Madison

Involvement Opportunities

Involvement takes many forms at CfLI and has countless benefits. Every opportunity has the potential to help you learn new skills and develop as an individual. The Center for Leadership and Involvement works with campus departments to make sure you have many options to choose from within your major and areas of interest. Whether you want to join a student organization, partake in an internship, or play a sport, CfLI will give you the resources for success. Check out some of these excellent on-campus involvement resources!

  • Student Organizations

    Thinking about enriching your life with a student organization? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) can help you define your direction and make campus feel like home. Check out the resources to see if the student organization you’re looking for already exists or if it’s time to start a new one!

  • Match Your Interests

    WIN’s Interest Matching tool can help you find the right student org to fit your needs.

  • Research & Internships

    Research and Internships

    Want to see what it takes to make it in the real world? Participate in research or an internship! Benefits of joining in on research or internships:

    • Build professional skills and networks
    • Earn academic credit
    • See your course work in its natural habitat
    • Try a career or job before committing to it
    • Practice communication and interpersonal skills
    • Work closely with faculty, graduate students, and businesses

    Check out the resources below for internships and departments that offer free, paid, or credit research opportunities!

    Research and Internship Resources

    Research Centers and Programs: Research takes on many forms and spans across many areas of academia.

    Academic Programs: With so great academic programs to choose from, it’s easy to get involved.

    Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: An independent, non-profit foundation chartered to support research at the UW-Madison and the designated technology transfer organization for the university. WARF is a separate entity from the university but partners closely with it.

    For Credit Internship through L&S: This online course combines your internship with a credit-bearing UW course.  It is offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and is open to all students and all majors.  The course provides great learning opportunities and career development.

    CALS Internship Tips: Helpful information about how and why to get internship through the College of Agriculture and Life Science.

    ASM Internships: UW’s own student government in a great place to look for a for credit internship the focuses on government, advocacy or public polices issues.

    College Library Internship Tips: Books to help you to identify opportunities to gain experience in your future career and determine what internships are available.

    International Internship Program (IIP): A campus office that both offers cultivated internship opportunities for UW-Madison students and general advising on international internships. They can help with questions about resources, programs, credit, insurance, funding, visas, and more. With IAP study abroad they offer the Worldwide Internship Program to offer credit for students interning abroad

  • Rec Sports

    Intramurals and Recreational Sports

    Here at UW-Madison Recreational Sports and intramurals are a pretty big deal. Whether you want to learn how to throw a Frisbee, compete in Big 10 tournaments or dance the night away, the opportunities exist, and they’re endless.

    • Personal training
    • Club sports
    • Have fun playing
    • Aquatics
    • Intramural sports
    • De-stress from work and/or academics
    • Keep your competitive edge

    Check out the resources below and get started on fitness, health and balancing your day!

    Intramural and Recreational Sport Resources

    Recreational Sports Home: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Recreation Sports.

    Intramural Sports: Whether you’re a veteran athlete or a first-time participant, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the Intramural program.

    Sport Clubs Information: Club sports bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice.

  • Volunteering & Service

    What better way is there to feel good about yourself than volunteering? Head to local high schools to facilitate workshops on spoken word or volunteer with kids in Africa. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

    • Build self confidence
    • Volunteer in diverse communities
    • Learn with people different from you
    • Take weekend, weeklong, or year-long trips
    • Gain experience to add to your resume

    Check out the resources below to begin your journey into making a positive and effective difference. Define your direction by helping someone else define theirs.

    Volunteering and Service Resources

    International Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering overseas can be one of your most fulfilling and challenging experiences. Check out these resources: International Academic Programs, L&S Career Services

    UW Volunteer Events Calendar: Check out daily volunteer opportunities on-campus and in the surrounding community.

    Morgridge Center for Public Service: A center which promotes civic engagement, strengthening teaching and learning, and building collaborative partnerships through public service, service-learning, and community-based research.

    VolunteerYourTime.org: A databank which houses volunteer opportunities in Dane County listed by date and area of interest.

    Office of Childcare and Family Resources: Campus child care centers utilize volunteers to support and enhance high quality programming for the children and families in care.

    Clinical Volunteer Opportunities for Pre-Med Students: Care about improving others’ quality of life?  Volunteer in the medical field.

    Law Student Volunteer Opportunities: If the law is your passion, these volunteer opportunities give you experience working with community agencies.

    McBurney Disability Resource Center: Volunteer opportunities involving working with UW-Madison students with disabilities.

    University League: Volunteer opportunities on or close to campus endorsed by a local non-profit organization.

  • Study Abroad

    Make sure you’re ready for life outside college by gaining some cultural competence. UW-Madison offers over 110 study abroad programs geared towards your interests. Instruction is in a wide array of languages including English and time spent abroad is determined by you. Which country are you heading to?

    • Build independence and confidence
    • Learn a new language
    • Make friends across the world
    • Compliment your academics with international experience
    • Gain a unique perspective on the world
    • Challenge yourself with new ideas, foods, and ways of life

    Look below for opportunities to learn more!

    Study Abroad Resources

    International Academic Programs: Interested in studying in another country? UW-Madison offers more than 180 study-abroad programs in 51 countries around the world in every discipline on campus.

    Global LEAD Program: Spend your summer experiencing leadership and service abroad with Global LEAD in Ecuador, Greece or Cape Town.   Global LEAD combines adrenaline adventures, upper-level class credit and hands-on service work for an incredible summer experience. Contact: Carolyn Prebil (Carolyn@GlobalLEADprogram.org – 612.508.6187)

  • On Campus Jobs

    On-Campus Jobs

    Hang out on campus and get paid for it – can’t get much better than that! Whether you’re grooming monkeys, booking bands, fixing computers, or checking out books, working on campus is a great idea!

    • Network with faculty and staff
    • Flexible hours
    • Interact with people your peers
    • Locations convenient to classes
    • Use the experience to compliment your academic work

    Check out the resources below to find the perfect on-campus job for you and start reaping the benefits of working close to home.

    On-Campus Job Resources

    Libraries: Find out about working at one of the many libraries on campus.

    UW Student Job Center:Listing of both on and off campus jobs.

    International Careers: Thinking of going global, check out the linked site for opportunities abroad.

    Office of Student Financial Aid Work Study Program:On-campus jobs limited to students who qualify for Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package.

    Letters & Science Career Services Non-Profit Jobs:For tips on finding a job in the non-profit sector.

    UW-Housing Campus Jobs – Parent Reference:A resource to answer all of the rents questions about your employment while in college.

    School of Business Career Center:If you’re looking to succeed in business, the Career Center is your first step.

    Environmental Career Information: Information regarding environmental careers, internships and professional development for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Rec Sports Intramural Job Opportunities: Get involved in the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Rec Sports Program.