Intern Program

Freshman interns pose at the fall 2019 retreat

If you’re looking to become more involved on campus, learn more about your student association, or advocate for issues with UW Administration, Madison City Council, or the WI State Legislature, you should consider applying for an internship with the Associated Students of Madison (ASM). An internship with ASM is one of our main avenues for leadership development in the organization.

About the Program

The ASM internship program is predominantly made up of freshmen or sophomores who are navigating campus for the first time and we keep our program small (8 – 10 students) so that we can provide support and resources to future ASM leaders. ASM internships are available each semester with varying focuses, depending on your interests. Interns can choose to work with a faculty member and register for 3 credits of independent study in that faculty member’s department.

Interns work closely with the ASM committee chairs and ASM staff to accomplish UW-Madison advocacy goals and work on issues to improve student life on campus. ASM combines the optimistic enthusiasm of college students with political expertise, grassroots organizing methods, and professionalism to address and react to student concerns and issues. In addition to playing a major role in shaping the University, interns also build problem-solving skills, meet new people, and get hands-on experience working for issues that matter to them.

Past intern projects have included:

  • getting College Library to be open 24 hours/day
  • negotiating a contract for student bus passes with the City of Madison
  • saving Safe Cab, a free cab service for students
  • Diversity Shadow Day: a program designed to give high school students, in particular those who identify as persons of color and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, interested in attending college the opportunity to interact one-on-one with current UW students. As participants, high schools students will be able to attend.
  • securing a 24-hour study day between the last day of classes and first day of exams
  • planning, helping to finance, and governing the new Student Activity Center on campus

Expectations for Interns

To participate successfully in the program, students must:

  • Meet weekly with an Intern Coordinator, a student who has successfully completed the internship program
  • Attend a weekly ASM committee meeting
  • Attend a weekly intern class, from 4:00-5:15pm on Thursdays in the Student Activity Center
  • Work 3-6 hours/week on their project: lobbying politicians, organizing other students, attending meetings
  • Attend a weekend training session at the start of the semester

Apply Now

With campus activities changing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided not to offer the ASM internship program for the spring of 2021. This semester, the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) is offering an 8-week virtual workshop series called the Grassroots Organizing Academy. This is a wonderful way to learn about campus grassroots organizing and how to develop a campaign. You’ll also connect with fellow organizers on campus and learn how to become more involved in ASM’s work. In addition, this series is a verified leadership development program that fulfills a requirement of the Leadership Certificate.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, or applying for the ASM internship program in the future, please contact us:

Kelly Krein,, (608) 265-6426 or
Alyssa Phelps,, (608) 262-7213.