If you’re looking to become more involved on campus, learn more about your student association, or advocate for issues with UW Administration, Madison City Council, State Legislature, or Federal Congress, you should consider applying for an internship with the Associated Students of Madison (ASM).
The ASM internship program is one of our main avenues for leadership development in the organization. Our program is predominantly made up of freshmen who are navigating campus for the first time and we keep our program small (8 – 10 students) so that we can provide support and resources to future ASM leaders.
ASM internships are available each semester with varying focuses, depending on your interests. Internships can center on everything from legislative affairs or shared governance to diversity or academic affairs – it’s all up to you! Interns can choose to work with a faculty member and register for 3 credits of independent study in that faculty member’s department.
Interns work closely with the ASM committee chairs and ASM staff to accomplish UW-Madison advocacy goals and work on issues to improve student life on campus. ASM combines the optimistic enthusiasm of college students with political expertise, grassroots organizing methods, and professionalism to address and react to student concerns and issues. In addition to playing a major role in shaping the University, interns also build problem-solving skills, meet new people, and get hands-on experience working for issues that matter to them.
Past intern projects have included:
- getting College Library to be open 24 hours/day
- negotiating a contract for student bus passes with the City of Madison
- saving Safe Cab, a free cab service for students
- Diversity Shadow Day: a program designed to give high school students, in particular those who identify as persons of color and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, interested in attending college the opportunity to interact one-on-one with current UW students. As participants, high schools students will be able to attend.
- securing a 24-hour study day between the last day of classes and first day of exams
- planning, helping to finance, and governing the new Student Activity Center on campus
Each semester, 8 to 10 students are selected to participate in ASM’s Internship Program. For 3 credits, students must:
- Meet weekly with an Intern Coordinator, a student who has successfully completed the internship program
- Attend a weekly ASM committee meeting
- Attend a weekly intern class, from 4:45-6:00pm on Thursdays in the Student Activity Center
- Work 3-6 hours/week on their project: lobbying politicians, organizing other students, attending meetings
- Attend a weekend training session at the start of the semester
Does this sound like a good fit for you? We have filled our program for the Spring 2016 semester, but we’ll start interviewing for the Fall 2016 Internship Program in late August. You can submit an application at the link below to begin the interview process. If you have questions or if you would like to set up a meeting to learn more about our program, please contact Kelly Krein, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 265-6426.