Career & Employment Resources

Due to the COVID-19 related campus closures, there are no in-person events at this time. We encourage you to watch the online workshops if possible.

Career and Employment Services offers a variety of resources, both online and in person, no matter where you are in your career planning or job search process.

  • Explore Careers

    Explore online resources to learn about occupations, employment outlooks and employers. Locating relevant job search materials on the internet can be daunting. That's why we recommend you download the Online Resource Guide (PDF, 186KB) for practical advice about your job search. 

    CareerLocker and Career Cruising are career development websites designed to help youth and adults with career awareness, exploration and planning. The registration code for CareerLocker is mat-c740. To create a Career Cruising account, use the following registration information: Username = matc and Password = truaxdec.

    Test Drive An Occupation

    You wouldn't purchase a new car without test driving it first, right?  Think about investing your time and money in your education and job search the same way. Partake in experiential learning before "purchasing" your occupation, college program or employer. Here are three ways to test-drive an occupation:

    Schedule an appointment with a career advisor or counselor to further discuss experiential learning employment strategies.

  • Internships

    Students searching for internships may find the information below helpful:

    Internship Definition

    An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. An internship is a legitimate learning experience for the student and not simply an operational work experience conducted by a student. (NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers)

    When to Look for an Internship

    Most employers will begin searching and accepting applications for summer interns during the Fall semester of the year prior, and a few will continue searching through the beginning of Spring semester.

    If you choose to wait until Spring semester to look for an internship, make sure your applications are turned in before Spring Break, as many organization fill their opportunities around February.

    Note: Currently, there are no industry-specific standards or deadlines for getting an internship. If a summer internship is not what you are looking for, you can also pursue internships with less traditional timeframes and hours. Just be open with employers, let them know your needs and ask if they would be willing to hire an intern for work during the semester.

    Where to Look for Internships

    1. Network with local companies and connections
    2. Attend Career Fairs
    3. Job Boards
      1. WI TechConnect
      2. LinkedIn

    The Law of Unpaid Internships
    When possible, it is always best to take a paid internship opportunity. However, in the event that an unpaid internship is offered, here are some guidelines to follow to make sure you are being protected and treated fairly.

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a statement with a new “primary beneficiary” test to determine if a student can be classified as an unpaid intern. It is a non-exhaustive list of factors to determine who the primary beneficiary of the internship is. The test can be found here.

    The DOL says that if examination of these circumstances reveals that an intern or student is an employee, then he or she is entitled to both minimum wage and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, if the analysis of the circumstances confirms that the intern or student is not an employee, then he or she is not entitled to either minimum wage or overtime pay under the FLSA.

    If You Need Help Looking for an Internship

    If you are looking for more information on internships, need help with your resume/cover letter or internship application materials, want practice interviewing, are looking to create an internship search strategy, or if you are interested in more specific internship information related to your program of study, please contact Career and Employment Services at 608-243-4598 or Our office has two internship advisors, one that specializes in internships for our technical programs, and one who specializes in internships for our Liberal Arts programs.

  • Interview

    Thank You Notes

    Always send a thank you note after a job interview. A tailored note makes a solid impression with potential employers, differentiates you from other applicants and reiterates your interest in the position.

    Online Interviewing Resources

    • Guide to Job Interviewing: A collection of the best job interviewing resources and tools — including tips, articles and tutorials to help you succeed in any employment interview situation.
    • Interviewing Success: Insights designed to help you successfully interview for and get the job you want, as well as negotiate the best job offer.
    • A broad range of topics dealing with job interviews such as resumes, education, additional courses, translations, jobs and salary negotiations.
    • Career and Employment Services Interview Guide and How-To: Use this guide to help a jump start on your interview preparation!

  • Job Search

    The resources below will help you create written materials to use in your job search.


    Your resume provides an overview of your individual skills and qualifications that employers seek. Utilize the tools below to create or edit your resume.

    Career and Employment Services Resume Guide and How-To: Use this guide to learn about what to include on your resume and find tips for making it look appealing. 

    Career and Employment Services Cover Letter Guide and How-To: Use this guide to learn how to write an effective cover letter!  Samples included!


    CareerOneStop Resume Guide: Create a resume that helps you stand out in today's job market with this step-by-step guide.

    Job Center of Wisconsin Resume Publications: Find a basic guide to writing your resume. 

    Cover Letter

    Cover letters provide an opportunity to introduce yourself and sell your skills to a prospective employer.

    CAREERwise - Find additional tips on writing cover letters

    Thank You Notes

    Always send a thank you note after a job interview. A tailored note makes a solid impression with potential employers, differentiates you from other applicants and reiterates your interest in the position.

    Online Networking

    Social networking sites have become a popular job search tool for both job seekers and employers. Here's what you need to know before you log on.

    Authorization to Disclose Academic Information and Grades

    Whether applying to graduate school or for a new job, letters of recommendation often are necessary and almost always help your application stand out. To help your references, write them a concise letter requesting their participation.

    Student Reference Request form (PDF, 777KB)

    • Make sure to give references at least three weeks to complete their recommendations.
    • In your request, be as specific as possible. Where is the letter going? And for what purpose?
    • If you have not been in contact with your reference recently, include your updated resume with your request.
    • Always write a brief note thanking your reference for his or her time.
  • Student Jobs

    Students and alumni searching for part-time or full-time employment may find the resources below helpful:

    On- and Off-Campus Student Jobs

    A variety of on- and off-campus student jobs, including work study and student help positions, are posted online through Wisconsin TechConnect. Student Help jobs are on-campus positions funded and supported through individual departments. Examples of student employment include working as a tutor, front desk staff, custodial worker or food service assistant.

    The Federal Work Study program provides jobs for students with financial need. The amount of Federal Work Study awarded depends on financial need as determined by the FAFSA, the amount of other financial aid awarded, and the availability of funds at Madison College. Visit the Federal Work Study Program webpage for additional information.

    How to Search and Apply

    For Student Help and Federal Work Study positions, students must be enrolled in 6 degree credits and are limited to working 20 hours per week during the academic year. To search and apply for on- and off-campus student jobs:

    1. Visit Wisconsin TechConnect to review job postings
    2. Click “Misc. Jobs" located near the center and top of the webpage
    3. Click on “Madison Area Technical College” on the left side of the page or click on the map locating the district for Madison Area Technical College
    4. Search any of the job categories with “Student” in the titles.  The “Services” category has the majority of the postings.
    5. Once you have found a position, log into the site to learn more!
    6. To further access the site, use your Madison College sign-on and password.  Note: Access is already provided to students accepted into a program and enrolled in at least one credit.  All other students will need to create an account.
    7. Fill out the Madison College Student Employment Application (PDF, 345 KB), sign and bring it to the hiring division as outlined in the job posting.
    8. Please contact the person listed on the job posting with any questions about the position.

    Program-Related Jobs

    Madison College alumni or students accepted into a one or two year Technical Diploma or Associate Degree program and enrolled in at least one credit are eligible to access these services. To start the registration process, click on "Register" on the right side of the page followed by clicking on the "Job Seeker" link. Wisconsin TechConnect matches you with job openings based on the following:

    • Program title
    • Desired job location
    • Chosen job type: full time, part time, internship

    You also can post and share your resume with employers through Wisconsin TechConnect.

    NOTE: If you meet the criteria above, it's likely you have been automatically registered to use this site. To find out, enter your Madison College email, click on "forgot password" and complete the rest of the steps. You MUST have a valid Madison College student ID. If you were not automatically registered, your initial registration may take up to three or more business days to be processed. Typographical errors WILL NOT be corrected, use sentence case to complete this form. 

    Additional Employment Services

    Other Online Job Posting Websites