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Badger Reach

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The Badger Reach program stems directly from UW alumni who are asking our faculty and staff to find substantive ways to tap UW students’ learning, skills and experiences for the important public-sector work being done in their cities. Whether designing an advocacy campaign for immigration reform, planning a conference on human rights, mobilizing a volunteer corps for voter registration, or creating an app for managing big data for social service agencies, the potential contribution provided by a single UW student in a structured internship environment is great.

Our partnership goal is to create a framework to facilitate student involvement in substantive summer internships that impact their communities in a positive way. While the three program cities share ongoing challenges common to metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and even the world, each is distinctive in how such challenges are defined, prioritized and addressed by the myriad of local organizations and institutions that will participate in Badger Reach.

The goal of Badger Reach is to facilitate impactful internship placements of 6 students in each of three targeted cities. As much impact as one person can have, the potential impact a group of 18 UW students can make in three cities each summer is vast.

To further explore the program details in each city, please navigate the links below:

Chicago, Illinois | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Twin Cities, Minnesota