From classroom to career: Community-based projects enhance learning experiences

This February, UniverCity Alliance is highlighting how University of Wisconsin–Madison students are preparing for careers through community-based projects that enhance their educational experiences while also meeting local goals. Because you Can’t Stop A Badger. Follow along using #CantStopABadger on social media.

A headshot of a student named Shawn Zhu

University of Wisconsin–Madison sophomore Shawn Zhu learned leadership skills by working with Outagamie County in an engineering class and was connected to a leadership position on a city of Madison commission through UniverCity Alliance. Read more here.





For her senior capstone in landscape architecture, Lydia DeBauche is working with the city of Stoughton. “These are things I’ll be doing as a landscape architect, so it’s cool to have that experience as a student,” DeBauche said. Read more here.




UniverCity Alliance’s “Welcome to Your Urban Future” class clarified students’ decision about what majors to pursue, setting them up for a fulfilling career after graduation. Read more here.





Matthew Mitnick ‘21 worked with the city of Madison during his final semester to develop health and safety goals, strategies, and actions that were adopted a year later into the city’s Performance Excellence Framework. Mitnick is now a graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and is running for Seattle City Council, District 4. Read more here.