Internships and Shadowing

The opportunity to take part in experiential learning outside of the classroom is unmatched. University School of Milwaukee's Internship and Shadowing program connects Upper School students with seasoned professionals in the business and medical fields. The program's mission is to develop summer opportunities for current sophomores, juniors, and seniors and enable students to gain insight and explore potential career interests. 

An internship program of this scope and caliber, typically reserved only for college students, is a true differentiator for USM, which joins only a handful of U.S. independent schools that provide such an offering. USM alumni have cited the program as instrumental in providing foundational career search skills and assisting in the highly competitive process of securing a full-time college summer internship. All program applicants must complete a professionally-led interactive training program that covers workplace etiquette, resume preparation, and interview techniques.

Success by the Hundreds

Since 2009, more than 500 students have participated in meaningful work experiences with leaders and mentors in their respective fields since the inception of the program. Internships and job shadowing opportunities represent a wide variety of disciplines based on student interest, including accounting, advertising, architecture, corporate and criminal law, environmental engineering, human resources, information technology, investment banking, marketing, professional sports management, and specialty retail. Medical job shadowing opportunities match students with numerous specialty practices, including orthopedics, neurology, radiology, physical therapy, dentistry, and more. 

"The best part of the internships was definitely the atmosphere. I met other individuals in the organization and created friendships and connections that will last for many years. The people there made sure that I was able to help with concrete tasks, while also learning more about finance, philanthropy, and the organization in general. I truly feel like I became part of their community."

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Employers enjoy not only the energy and enthusiasm that USM students bring to their organization, but also the opportunity to give back. Please use this form to submit a request to start a job shadow or internship program at your company.
Join the impressive roster of generous employers already part of the USM Internship and Shadowing Program. If you are interested in learning more about offering an internship, job, or medical shadowing opportunity, please complete our contact form below or email
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