About Us

Who We Are

  • Student Services: CALS Career Services provides resources and advising for students as they explore career interests and develop skills to seek employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.
  • Employer Services: CALS Career Services specializes in connecting employers with students interested in fields related to human/plant/animal health, food systems, bioenergy, climate, the environment, and economic and community development.


Noelle Thompson, Assistant Director Career Services
Noelle is a passionate member of the CALS team and enjoys inspiring students to realize their potential and actualize their career goals through conversation and connecting them with employment opportunities. She provides support in coordinating on-campus recruiting activities such as the fall and spring career fairs, and meets with CALS students at various junctures in their academic careers. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University. In her free time she enjoys watching documentaries, cooking, reading, and doing pilates.

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Kristina Vack, Career Advisor
Kristina is a motivated and high-energy career advisor dedicated to helping CALS students and alumni get everything they need to build a career that brings them joy. With more than 10 years of advising experience coupled with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology she has successfully helped individuals interested in a wide range of careers. When she’s not meeting with career seekers or crafting career-related workshops you can find her planning her next great travel adventure, running for fun or chasing after her two small children.

Provide CALS students with high quality career development through direct education and partnerships with employers, academic departments and other campus units.

Advance the professional identity of every CALS student.


  • Professionalism – We expect students to develop a professional identity. To that end we hold professionalism in high regard modeling professional behavior in all of our activities.
  • Student Growth – Personal and professional development are central to our purpose.
  • Partnerships – We cannot achieve our goals without strong campus and external partners.
  • Service – UW-Madison has a strong tradition of service. CALS Career Services attempts to instill this value in our students. In addition, whether working with students or employers, our aim is to be an outstanding resource addressing the needs of our stakeholders.