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Work with a supportive network of career coaches and academic advisors to immerse yourself in the possibilities for your future.

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Career Forward

Discover Your Dream Path With Career Forward

Explore career paths

Take a deep dive into the School’s 12 business majors and see what roles exist in your areas of interest

Launch your plans into action

Participate in competitions and student orgs, receive personalized career guidance, and access internship opportunities

Track your progress

Follow along as you hit key milestones for your career exploration progress using Suitable, the Business Badger experience app

Alumni Career Spotlight

Diana Xiong
“I built strong relationships with my professors and advisors. The staff helped me navigate through the challenges of college and encouraged me during stressful times. They also introduced me to Publicis Groupe—where I ultimately interned in San Francisco and got to work on eBay’s holiday campaign.”
Diana Xiong BBA ’20
Current employer: Google
Internship: Publicis Groupe, San Francisco
Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Top Recruiting Companies

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Employment Outcomes

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We’re Here to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Our supportive staff is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds develop and accomplish their individual career goals. We’ll help you navigate the vast array of industries, disciplines, and roles available in the world of business.

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Career Engagement Studio

Visit the Career Engagement Studio—the physical hub of career programming for undergraduates in Grainger Hall. Meet with classmates on cocurricular projects there and participate in mock and real interviews in one of the space’s many breakout rooms.

Meet with a Career Coach

The career engagement team is your go-to resource for all things career exploration. Meet regularly with a career coach for Career Forward and learn how to best apply the skills you learn in the classroom to an impactful career.

Schedule a Coaching Session

Coaching sessions are scheduled through Starfish, the campus-wide advising app. Please come prepared with a list of topics you want to cover and an updated résumé.

Coaching Includes:

  • Career exploration and assessment
  • Internship and job search strategies
  • How to network
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Job offers and negotiation
  • Résumé/cover letter reviews
  • Recruiting preparation
Melissa Leffin

Melissa Leffin

Director of Career Engagement
Undergraduate Program Office
Jamie Mickelson

Jamie Mickelson

Assistant Director of Career Engagement
Undergraduate Program Office
Brian Allen Whitmore

Brian Whitmore

Career Coach Manager
Undergraduate Program Office
Shawn Marie Johnson

Shawn Johnson

Career Coach
Undergraduate Program Office
Alex Lawver

Alex Lawver

Career Coach
Undergraduate Program Office
Debbie Whitman

Debbie Whitman

Career Coach
Undergraduate Program Office
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Ashely Hale

Career Coach
Undergraduate Program Office

Resources for Current Students

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Attend Career Events

  • Career fairs
  • Employer site visits and treks
  • Networking events
  • Interactive career exploration
  • Recruiting preparation
  • Job readiness workshops


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Suitable is an app tailored to your Business Badger experience. Use Suitable to follow your Career Forward pathway to reach your internship and job-related goals.

Career Development Fund

A scholarship for undergraduate business students who seek to participate in meaningful, career-oriented experiential learning. The fund helps offset the cost of unpaid or below market internships, networking events, or other professional development.

Submit a completed application via WiSH to be considered. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Business Career Resources

The Business Career Resources Canvas course has detailed recruiting roadmaps, interview guides, networking tips and other helpful resources. Use our resume template (DOCX) and cover letter template (DOCX) as a starting point for your application materials.

Internship Experience Credits

Wisconsin School of Business students have two options for receiving credit for an internship: General Business 450 or General Business 451.

Mikol Tsopnang
“I envision myself in an operations or supply chain-focused career within a large consumer goods company. Thus far, WSB has connected me with individuals in industry, aided in interview preparation though résumé and cover letter review, and helped me explore what I may be able to do within the supply chain industry. I work with the career coaches within WSB frequently! I always have a positive experience and walk away feeling supported and prepared to face any challenge I may have been confronted by prior to an appointment with the career coaches.”
Mikol Tsopnang (BBA ’22)
Majors: Supply Chain Management and Operations Technology Management