A 10th Anniversary Message from Vice Provost and Dean Guido Podestá

One of the cornerstones of the UW–Madison experience is that Badgers have ample opportunity to prepare for their professional life. Students are encouraged to dream big—not only about how their choices could impact themselves, but how they could better their community, state, nation, and even the world.

Headshot of Guido Podesta
Vice Provost and Dean Guido Podestá

For the last 10 years, students have been enhancing their professional skills and developing relationships around the world through the International Internship Program, a unit of the International Division.

Since the creation of the office in 2010, 922 students have participated in internships around the world. In addition to returning with increased professional competencies, students also acquire cultural fluency, language skills, and an understanding of unique problems faced by individual countries and those faced by all. They expand their networks and build relationships with individuals who they will continue to interact with throughout their career. By participating in these international internships, students are ready to launch global careers and are poised to serve as leaders on the world stage.

In reflecting on this milestone, it is important to share gratitude for the cooperation of alumni, faculty, and Wisconsin-based and international partners who facilitate these opportunities for students. These individuals, along with IIP staff, work tirelessly to ensure that these are valuable experiences for young professionals, as well as the businesses and organizations that serve as hosts.

While the International Internship Program has accomplished much over the past decade, there is still great opportunity for growth and further engagement. UW–Madison appreciates those who can open doors for students. Whether they can host an intern directly or can provide an introduction to internship hosts, we rely on our alumni and partners to expand this program. Please contact the IIP Director, Michelle Kern Hall, at michelle.kernhall@wisc.edu to discuss any ideas you might have. Additionally, scholarships continue to be vital in supporting students during these internships. Please consider supporting IIP by making a gift in commemoration of IIP’s 10-year anniversary.

Lastly, I invite you to explore some of the incredible stories of students who have taken part in international internships to see what the experience has meant to them and how it has and continues to shape their futures and the lives of those around them. We hope you will join in marking this significant occasion.


Guido Podestá
Vice Provost and Dean, International Division