University of Wisconsin–Madison

Maj Fischer

Interim Director of External Relations, International Division
256 Bascom Hall

Maj has previously served as founding director of IIP since its inception in February 2010. Currently she is Director of External Relations. Formerly the associate director of UW-Madison’s International Academic Programs (IAP) from 1996 to 2003, Maj continued her work in international education and cross cultural exchange during her 6 year absence from UW-Madison, when she worked internationally.From 2003-2005, Maj served as associate director for the Peace Corps in Fiji, re-opening the program after its five-year hiatus. After Fiji, she moved half way (literally!) around the world to Copenhagen, Denmark, to work for The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). There she served first as a program director and then as the Director of Academics for Scandinavia’s largest organization hosting students from the U.S. and around the world.  Among other duties, Maj spearheaded international service-learning efforts at DIS and has built upon that experience as director of the International Internship Program, increasing service-learning opportunities overseas for Madison undergraduates in addition to expanding access to for-profit internship opportunities.While she has lived around the world, Maj is a proud native of Wisconsin with an undergraduate degree (AB) from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) focusing on International Development and Education Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was also a Fulbright participant in Korea, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland, a summer intern in Brussels, and spent a year in both Finland and Sweden as an exchange student.