Hire Badgers: Student Staffing Opportunities for Small Business


Did you know that the UW-Madison Work-Study Program, previously reserved for on-campus and non-profit organizations, has been expanded to small businesses – and, as of September 2023, even covers 50% of the wages earned? Or that many UW-Madison students pursue internship opportunities as a way to develop new skills and explore career pathways while they are studying at UW?  

By providing internship and work-study opportunities for UW-Madison students, businesses can: 

  • Increase staff diversity 
  • Focus on back-burner projects 
  • Engage with talented, enthusiastic students 
  • Give back to the community through mentorship 
  • Hire affordable staff who can make a true contribution to the organization 
  • Provide management experience for current staff and career development opportunities for students 
  • Gain access to skillsets not currently on your staff 
  • Contribute to community/university relationships 
  • Develop a potential recruitment pipeline (with lower cost/risk) 
  • Have new perspectives and enthusiasm 

If you’ve ever wondered about hiring a UW-Madison student, this session is for you! We’ll discuss the differences between the Work-Study Program and student internship opportunities and help you understand more about how to make the experience a successful one for both you and the student.  

Throughout the session we’ll cover: 

  • How the Work-Study and internship programs work, and how businesses can participate 
  • How to create an engaging internship opportunity that offers interesting, meaningful work 
  • The mechanics of how to post jobs, interview, and hire 
  • An overview of who our students are and what they are interested in 
  • How to establish appropriate tasks for students and set everyone up for success 
  • Details of who is eligible to offer internships and work-study opportunities, what qualifies as an internship 

Who is eligible to hire UW-Madison students?  

  • Work-study: Non-profits and small businesses can apply for the work-study program to hire UW-Madison work study students. Currently, work study students can work anywhere in the state of Wisconsin. 
  • Internships: Non-profits, start-ups and small businesses from all industries and sectors are strongly encouraged to consider hiring interns 


Location: Online (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants the day before the class) 

Date: February 29, 2024

Schedule: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Fee:  This $99 course is being offered at no cost due to the generous support of the presenters 

Register Online Here

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations.