“We wanted to bring everyone together to recognize employers who do a lot for our students,” said Katie Hauge, employer relations manager for Career Services. “Menards is highly engaged with us.”
The award was based on nearly two dozen weighted criteria, which included:
- Consistently participating in Career Services recruitment events as well as additional career development programs and events to network with and hire UW-Stout students.
- Build a professional talent pipeline through the Cooperative Education and Internship Program
- Engage in campuswide activities that are share or reported to Careers Services. Some examples include collaborating with student organizations, supporting curriculum through capstone courses, classroom presentations and Program Advisory Committee participation
In the recent virtual Spring Career Conference, Menards representatives took part in individual, group and general information recruiting sessions.
About 300 alumni employed at Menards
Menards recently was also the first company to join the new Career Services Partnership Program at UW-Stout. The program works with employers to identify their strategic focus and build deeper connections with students and academic programs on campus.
Sponsors have different recruitment and engagement options at each level. Some include additional networking opportunities with students and campus partners, a spot on the Career Services Advisory board, greater visibility at the biannual career conferences, extra marketing and more.
For the 2019-20 academic year, UW-Stout students had a total of 28 internship positions, some students with more than one, across all Menards divisions. The university’s co-op and internship program partners with roughly 600 companies annually to support applied learning experiences for more than 1,000 students.
One of the goals of co-ops and internships is to familiarize students with a company so that they consider a full-time opportunity upon graduation. Menards hired 15 UW-Stout graduates from 2019-20 and has about 300 UW-Stout alumni working across the company.
Menards has job opportunities for UW-Stout graduates from many undergraduate and graduate academic areas, including engineering, retail, business administration, design, construction, information technology, supply chain, communications, digital marketing and more.