UW–Madison leading the way to ensure online micro-internships benefit businesses, students

As we all face the challenges of an economy hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, UW–Madison is getting #BadgersOnTrack by finding new ways to connect employers with our talented, dedicated students and recent graduates.

With the sudden shift to remote work, a new kind of internship is emerging: the micro-internship. These short-term, paid projects are typically remote and flexible, covering anywhere from 5 to 40 hours per week. UW–Madison is leading the way in making these internships happen and ensuring they provide tangible benefits to employers and students alike.

Connecting businesses and students

Image of a student's hands while working on a computer Offering micro-internships gives your organization a flexible way to get work done while helping UW-Madison students and recent grads hone their skills, explore career paths and develop their networks. Posting micro-internships for UW–Madison students is quick and easy: just create a profile on UW-Madison’s Micro-Internship page and add your opportunities today.

Micro-internships are emerging in this new work environment because they are:

  • On-Demand: Short-term, paid professional assignments can frequently be completed remotely.
  • Easy: Most projects take between 10 and 40 hours to complete, with an average cost of $400.
  • Low-Risk: This effective method of auditioning talent before making hiring decisions also avoids temp-to-perm fees.
  • Scalable: Companies of all sizes are creating micro-internships in all industries and departments, including sales, marketing, tech, HR, finance and more.

How to design a micro-internship

Want to offer a micro-internship for the first time? Matthew Hora, an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Division of Continuing Studies, has provided a concise guide on how best to design online internships. Titled “What to Do About Internships in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the guide describes a variety of examples and recommends best practices for employers.

Create a profile on UW-Madison’s Micro-Internship page to add Badger students and graduates to your team. Get started.

Jobs and traditional internships

If your company is hiring for full-time jobs and traditional internships, UW–Madison can also help you hire Badgers. Post full-time jobs and traditional internships on Handshake, where over 20,000 UW-Madison students of all majors & academic levels search and apply for positions. Start posting.