Professional Connections

an undergraduate's networking dream come true

The Alumni Connections Team is composed of eight students who plan events to connect students with alumni, faculty and professionals from around the country. These events range from seminars on how to become financially independent, tours of local businesses, and career-building events that link undergraduates to local professionals.

The events are like professional networking events. But less scary. With more free food. And fun.

Dinners on Wisconsin (DOW) is one of WASB’s signature events where students go to an alumni’s home or a local Madison establishment to discuss their current Wisconsin experience. It is a great way for not just alumni to hear about what is happening at the University, but also for current students to network with alumni and discover how they turned a degree from Wisconsin into a successful post-undergrad life. DOW is hosted twice a year, once in November and once in March. We greatly appreciate current hosts, and are always looking to add more!

Badger Business Tours (BBT) seeks to link together current students, alumni and local businesses. Given that our University resides in Wisconsin’s second largest city, Madison is full of successful businesses with extremely successful alumni. Our goal for the program is to build a bridge between current students and alumni who have become prominent business leaders in Madison. We hope this encourages students to stay in Madison, contribute to the community, with the ultimate goal being that this encourages active alumnihood.


Financial Independence (FI) is an event for the entire Madison community. At the beginning of second semester as current students look towards the future the AC team brings in several alumni from the financial world to discuss how to become financially competent upon the completion of college. In addition, we often see many recent grads attend the event who are still living locally. This event shows the power of alumni and their ability to be a major asset to current students and the Madison community.

Career Fair Prep Night (CFPN) is a WASB sponsored event designed to help students prepare for the L&S Career Fair. At Career Fair Prep participants are able to hear from a professional speaker and receive group and one-on-one resume feedback. This year, the speaker is a representative from the company Qualtrics. The presentation will focus on what it is like to work for a company like Qualtrics, how students can apply for positions, and skills to stand out among applicants. Following the presentation, College of Letters and Sciences Career Services representatives along with some of the UW-Madison alumni will be available to offer students feedback on their resumes. The event is a great opportunity to make connections with future employers. Maximize your experience at Career Fair Prep and positively prepare for future employment!