News & Events

To stay up to date on IS Major News and Events, check out our Facebook and subscribe to the IS Newsletter.

The IS major hosts several workshops over the course of the semester, please click here for a list of upcoming workshop dates.  Also, check out our list of career and internship events.

IS Major Newsletter
The IS Major Newsletter is a weekly update that contains information on scholarships, advising, internships, campus events, career services, and much more.

Our latest issue from March 1, 2017 is available below:

Send us a Postcard! 
Are you studying abroad? Have you studied abroad? We are collecting postcards from students to decorate the walls in our new office, and would love to get a postcard from you! Postcards can be dropped off in our office or mailed to:
International Studies Major
333 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Workshops, Study Abroad, Research, and Scholarship Opportunities
The following opportunities may be of interest to IS Major students.  For specific career events or internship postings see our career and internship events page.

Peace Corps Fall Walk-in Advising Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm in 106 Red Gym
Come in to chat with the Campus Recruiter about Peace Corps, open positions, and navigating the application process.

International Internships through IIP
The UW-Madison International Internship Program (IIP) is seeking applicants for summer and fall internships in many countries. IIP can advise on finding the right international internship for you, getting credit, applying for scholarships, and obtaining visas. You can find more information on the IIP website.

International Opportunities for IS Majors
To view a list of international opportunities for IS majors, click on our International Opportunities for IS Majors handout.  The handout includes information about internships, summer programs, memberships, undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships, and post-graduate opportunities.

Boren Scholarship Workshops and Deadlines
The Boren Scholarship provides funding for US students planning to study abroad in world regions critical to US interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East (the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).
The deadline for the Boren Scholarship is December 2nd!

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program is accepting applications for rising sophomores!
URS (Inter-L&S 250) is a two-semester course (variable 2 or 3 credits) in which students do hands-on research or creative work under the guidance of a UW faculty or staff mentor. Each student works on the current project of a mentor who is advancing the frontiers of knowledge or creative practice. Students also participate in a weekly seminar to explore influences of research and creative work in society.

Students work an average of 6 hours/week on research or creative work (exact hours and days/times are determined by the student and mentor together, accounting for the student’s class schedule). The weekly seminar is Wednesdays from 5-6pm both semesters – students must have this time free in their course schedule.

URS is open to all first and second year undergraduates, and transfer students in their first year. No prior experience is necessary, and no requirements are needed to apply. URS is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive scholarly community that includes students from historically underrepresented groups.

Students must apply online here. Students will receive an email 1-2 weeks after applying. Admission is rolling and the deadline is end of summer 2016. BUT we encourage applications as early as possible as there is limited room. For questions, email urs@saa.ls.wisc.edu.

Publishing Opportunity: The Journal of Politics & International Affairs
Sifting & Winnowing: The Wisconsin Undergraduate Journal of Political Science, Law and Public Policy is recruiting submissions on topics in law, political science or public policy.
Please submit all pieces in a double-spaced, Microsoft Word .doc format, follow the Chicago style, and include endnotes and works cited. We consider submissions of any length, but prefer pieces of 8 to 25 pages. Please shorten longer papers to fit this page length recommendation.

Email electronic copies of your paper and works cited to sifting.uw@gmail.com. Acceptance is rolling. In the body of the email, please include:

  • Name
  • Current email address and phone number
  • Year of graduation
  • Academic area of study
  • Title of your piece
  • General topic of paper: International Law, American Politics, Political Theory, etc.
  • A 250-word abstract
  • Short explanation of when and why the paper was written.

Language Tables
A language conversation table offers the opportunity to practice a language with other speakers of that language. Language tables are often held in a casual location, such as a coffee shop or the Union, and may include community members as well as university students and instructions. For more information and specific meeting times and locations, visit this website.