“CALS Career Services has been an integral partner in my professional journey. Their guidance and expertise have elevated my resume writing skills and equipped me with the tools to effectively network and present myself to potential employers. The team’s warm and welcoming demeanor always put me at ease, and they trusted me to define my own career aspirations.”
Justin Moua, Class of 2023, Biochemistry
“The staff are exceptionally helpful at making sense of job hunting. As a new graduate it can all be intimidating but CALS is there at every turn with inside information of what employers want and need.”
Zoe Grebin, Class of 2023, Animal and Dairy Sciences
“The Career Services team brings a fun and inspiring energy to helping students reach their professional goals. I will leave UW-Madison with lifelong professional skills that were only made possible by Career Services’ guidance.”
Grace Novak, Class of 2023, Life Sciences Communication & Genetics and Genomics
Career Services for CALS Students
You have goals, we help you get there.
Our dedicated staff is here to help you connect the dots from College to Career. With an education from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, you can be confident you will graduate ready for success in numerous industries. Our guidance and resources will support your drive to succeed as you explore potential career paths, gain valuable experiences, and secure your first job or graduate school offer.
Don’t wait to start planning your future. Visit us today and let us help you take the first step towards a successful career.
How Career Services can help:
- One-on-one career counseling to help you identify your strengths and career goals
- Resume, cover letter, and personal statement reviews to ensure your application materials are top-notch
- Interview preparation to build your confidence
- Career events to give you an inside look at different industries and career paths
- Access to job and internship postings from top employers in a variety of fields
Check Out How CALS Career Services Helps Badgers Prepare for Their Next Step After Graduation in this Video:
Our experienced Career Advising team is available to provide individualized attention and support as you plan your professional development experiences. We can help you get started on a resume, practice for an interview, create a job search strategy, prepare for graduate school, or explore careers.
Current Students: Schedule an appointment with a member of the CALS Career Advising Team
We see alumni up to two years after graduation. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to set up an appointment with an advisor.
Handshake makes it easy for every UW-Madison student to explore career events, connect to jobs and internships, and even schedule on-campus interviews.
With Handshake you can:
- Browse and register for career events on campus
- Explore thousands of jobs and internships from over 300K employers nationwide
- Get personalized job recommendations based on your major, interests, and more
- Manage your own campus interviews with top employers
Questions? Visit the student help center.
Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve each user’s interview technique and build confidence.
Resume book: resume examples from every CALS major. See how other students with similar educational backgrounds have demonstrated their skills and abilities.
Graduate and Professional School Preparation online asynchronous course: tailored to programs to which CALS students are typically interested in applying. Programs included are Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Graduate Degrees in Research, Masters of Public Health, Masters of Social Work, Dietetics, and Law.
Student Resource Guides: great first step when you are starting to explore your options, are preparing for a job/internship search or are applying for graduate school.
Find guides for:
Build a portfolio of personal career tools while learning from your peers! CALS Career Services offers Inter-AG 340, a 1-credit, asynchronous course for STEM students wanting to participate in an internship for credit. This class is appropriate for international students seeking Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The class offered during the summer term and students are allowed to repeat this course. Inter-AG 340 is open to any UW-Madison student in a STEM major and enrollment priority will be given to CALS students.
Have an unpaid or underpaid summer internship? Consider applying for a CALS Internship Scholarship!
Awardees can receive an award up to $5,000. Preference will be given to students who would not have the ability to complete an internship without additional funding.
Students can access the application on Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) in February. The deadline to apply is 7 days before the last day of classes for the Spring term. Recipients will be notified the first week of May.
- CALS undergraduate student
- Have applied to or secured an internship: Internship must be verified 7 days before the last day of classes for the Spring term.
- For a workplace experience (virtual, hybrid, or in-person) to be considered an internship, it must meet the following criteria:
- A learning experience with a real-world opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- Learned skills and knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings.
- A defined beginning and end that is mutually agreed upon and consistent with institutional sponsor guidelines and schedules.
- A position description with clear responsibilities and required/detailed qualifications.
- Clearly defined learning objectives/goals supportive of the student’s academic program goals and institutional requirements.
- Direct supervision by a professional(s) with relevant expertise and educational and/or professional experience who provides productive feedback, guidance, and the resources and equipment necessary to successfully complete the assignment.
These payments are made possible through the generous donation from the Oscar N. and Ethel K. Allen Memorial Coordinative Internship Educational Grant.
Entry-level salaries of 2022-2023 B.S. graduates from colleges of agricultural and life sciences across the country by major:
- Ag Economics and Business
- Ag Education, Communication & Studies
- Agronomy and Crop Sciences
- Animal & Dairy Science
- Biological Sciences
- Environmental Sciences, Fisheries, Forestry & Wildlife
- Food Science, Human Nutrition & Dietetics
- Technical and Biosystems Engineering, Industrial Technology and Packing Services
Fall 2023 Events
In partnership with SuccessWorks and the School of Human Ecology
- September 19th (4:30-7:00pm)-Gordon Dining and Event Center
In partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business, SuccessWorks, and School of Human Ecology
- September 20th (4:00-8:00pm)-Kohl Center
CALS Interview Day (via Career Fair)
Select employers are arranging next day interviews/chats with our office as needed. Students should watch their email for invites from employers they met with at the fair.
- September 21st (9am-5pm)-Steenbock Library
Confirmed companies: Post Consumer Brands, Beloit Skycarp, Sargento, Molson Coors, Johnsonville, Kerry, Brakebush, Peak Genetics, Hormel, McCain Foods, Foremost Farms, PS Seasoning, Cargill, Lactalis, OSI Group, Denali Ingedients, and Eurofins
- September 27th (5:00-7:30pm)-Great Hall, Memorial Union
In partnership with SuccessWorks.
Confirmed Companies: Exact Sciences, Illumina, Labcorp, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, Thermo Fisher, Eurofins, Genus, Brainxcell, Millipore Sigma, Catalent, and Peak Genetics.
- October 3rd (5:00-7:30pm)-Great Hall, Memorial Union
- It was “very informative while still being fun. Very welcoming and organized.”
- “Loved it!”
- “It was very low stakes and I felt like I could be myself and ask questions without worrying.”
- “It gave me the opportunity to see what jobs are available in the near future.”
- The “informal aspect made talking to recruiters less intimidating.”
Career Treks provide a unique opportunity to bring students on-site to fully experience the working environment with one of our trusted employers. These trips give students access to interact with team members, explore the physical space, and see company operations in action. Contact us at email@example.com to learn about potentially hosting UW-Madison students!
What students are saying about Career Treks:
Our industry connector series is a CALS Career Services Signature Event. We work with dedicated alumni, recruiters, and company employees to join us for themed networking nights. This event allows us to create an informal space for students to explore career paths, as well as self-evaluate their skills, passions, and knowledge in our aligned clusters. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about meeting with our students at a Connector!
What students are saying about Connectors:
What employers are saying about Connectors:
“The casual atmosphere was really nice. I was consistently talking with students throughout the event. I had genuine, honest and even fun conversations with most of them (those who were interested in working in my field and those who were just curious). I think it would have been helpful to attend such an event when I was in their shoes.”
CALS Career Services is a planning member of the Fall Career & Internship Fair, the largest single-day career fair that is open to all majors on campus. This event has included nearly 300 companies and over 2,500 students. This bi-annual even allows us to gather together as a campus community to support our shared portfolio.
In addition, CALS Career Services partners with additional career services units on campus, sponsoring the fair for pre-fair offerings such as the Career Fair Prep Night with employers. Ask us how you can maximize your visit with us during the Fair Week(s) by emailing us at email@example.com.
We are returning to the Kohl Center for the Fall 2023 Fair!
Did you know?
It is never too early to start thinking about career and professional development. The earlier you start thinking about career development, the more successful you will be. We encourage students to start using our services as soon as they can. There are many things you can start with right away – career exploration, resume writing, and searching for internships.
A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is often multiple pages and includes publications, academic conference presentations, teaching experience, and public service. Usually, a CV is only necessary if you have an advanced graduate or professional degree.
A resume is a one or two page document specifically tailored to the job or internship opening for which you are applying. Most employers want only as much information as needed to demonstrate that your skills and experience match the needs of the job description.
Be aware that some people will use the terms CV and resume interchangeably, which can be confusing. Outside the United States, employers may refer to all resume-like documents as CVs. Make sure you know what kind of document is expected, and ask if necessary.
If you need help creating a CV please make an appointment with a member of the CALS Career Advising Team.
Your major can help open up a variety of career opportunities. To understand what types of careers are available to you, it is strongly recommended that you conduct industry and company research and gain practical experience either through volunteer, research, or internship experience. A Career Services Advisor can assist you with career exploration and developing a career plan that integrates the education you gain at CALS.
The research finding process can be daunting, but with a bit of introspection and some internet searching, you will be on your way. When looking at a particular research area, try asking yourself, “How does this field fit with my major/career?”, “What about this field aligns with my interests?”, or “Why is this field better for me than another?”. This stage in the process is also a great time to discuss your interests with family, friends, and advisors. Those who know you well may illuminate interests you have difficulty identifying. After narrowing your research interests, you may be wondering where to find researchers in these fields.
Here is a great list to start looking:
- Research at UW
- UW Experts Guide
- UW Departments
- UW Research Centers
- Graduate School Programs
- Student Job Center
*Check out WISCIENCE for more information and tips
You can ask your employer if they’re willing to negotiate the salary offered. If they are, be ready with the amount you want and reason you should receive that amount. A career advisor can provide you with industry-related rate and can help you learn the language to ask for a match to other salaries you’ve received.
Yes, we are open year round, with the exception of University designated holidays.
Are you an employer looking to connect with CALS students? Check out our Employer Relations page!
Career Services Team
Office of Academic Affairs
116 Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm
For current & prospective student general inquiries: