Applications will be open April 26-May 24, 2021 for all Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County summer career programs!

For the summer of 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County will continue to prioritize meaningful career development opportunities for our members. If you or your organization might be interested in supporting opportunities for our members, please read more below!

Interested in supporting the Digital Career Experience program or specifically sponsoring intern wages this summer? Donate here, and/or connect with Taylor Jackson,


Applications will be accepted from April 26-May 24 for all Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County summer career programs. For questions about applications or programs, please email

This summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County will offer two paid, virtual opportunities for youth and young adults in Madison. You do not need to currently be a Boys & Girls Clubs member to apply for either program, but will be enrolled as a member upon acceptance (at no cost).


Career Exploration

For current 9th graders • June 21–July 23, 2021 • Virtually on Zoom, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm

Explore careers of interest and pathways to those careers, network with local educators and professionals, explore skills and interests, and connect with peers from around Dane County! Some of the activities include creating a vision board, an informational interview with a professional, virtual college tours, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to earn $150 for program completion. MMSD students will also have the opportunity to earn school credit via the Employability Skills Certificate program.

Apply here for Career Exploration


Digital Career Experience

For current 10–12 graders & current college students • June 21–July 23, 2021 • Virtually on Zoom, 8-10 hours/week

DCE was created in summer 2020 as a response to the limited number of paid summer jobs and internships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an opportunity for young adults to experience all of the benefits of a summer internship without being placed at an internship site. Participants will consider their career interest, set goals related to their job skills, connect with and learn from professionals in Dane County, and build skills in networking, collaboration, communication, technology, and more! This experience will prepare you for future career opportunities, and will be great to highlight on your resume. Participants will have the opportunity to earn $600 for program completion. MMSD students will also have the opportunity to earn school credit via the Employability Skills Certificate program.

Apply here for Digital Career Experience


For Employers:

We need your support to make this summer a success! Individuals and organizations in Dane County can support in the following ways:

  • Host an intern: We work with a variety of organizations in Dane County to place highly qualified interns in paid positions. Our minimum internship period is 6 weeks, though we have some interns work as many as 12 weeks. Applications are due no later than April 23rd, 2021. Learn more below!

Apply to host an intern
Internship host information
Prospective Employer Information Sessions

  • Volunteer for an informational interview: Our Digital Career Experience relies on volunteers to support our members in opportunities to explore career options and build a network. Individuals can volunteer to connect with members about their job, their career pathway, and answer questions. The typical time commitment is approximately 1 hour per informational interview.

Volunteer for an informational interview 

  • Volunteer to host a professional development workshop: Throughout the summer, our interns will participate in Friday workshops led by employers to build skills or learn and become more prepared for their future careers. Some of last year’s workshops included: “The Importance of Goal Setting in a Career”, “Communication Skills in the Workplace”, “Project Management”, and “Interview Tips & Tricks”.

Volunteer to host a workshop

  • Sponsor an internship: Unpaid internship experiences perpetuate inequality, and create barriers for access to opportunities. We pay all of our interns a minimum of $15/hour, and the support of our donors helps to maximize the number of students we can connect to these opportunities!

How do I learn more?

  • Email our Director, Career & Leadership Development at with any questions


This was a really valuable experience. Having a younger person in the office brings a different perspective that we don’t typically have in our staff. This also gives us a chance to build our pipeline of potential candidates and general connectedness in the Madison community. Lastly but not least, our intern brought great energy and was ultimately a fun and positive person to join our office this summer. He will be missed!” –National Council on Crime & Delinquency

I always find that interns energize me and make me feel younger and more productive. I enjoy having them in my lab”. –UW Extension Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic

I enjoyed my internship this summer because of all the experiences I had with my coworkers and supervisor. They were extremely welcoming, and the time I had with them felt very nice. I’ve learned a lot of personal things along this way and one of my highlights was when we all ate Indian food in the small room and just had a good laugh”. -T.T., Curate Intern, Class of 2019

I enjoyed every part of this internship, from the time management to the learning experiences I had with shadowing my supervisors. I was able to see how occupational therapists work in a hospital.” -K.P., UW Health Intern, Class of 2019


Thank you to our past Career Partners! 

Access Community Health
American Family Insurance
Ascendium Education
BMO Harris Bank
Boardman & Clark, LLP
Curate Solutions
Flad Architects
Fleet Feet
Dane County Government
Habitat for Humanity REStore
JMS Wealth Management/Morgan Stanley
M3 Insurance
Madison Brain Center
Madison Children’s Museum
Madison Gas & Electric
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
More Smiles Wisconsin
NAMI Dane County
National Council on Crime & Delinquency
Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc. 
Palmer Johnson Power Systems
Quartz Health Solutions
REACH – A – Child
Saris Cycling Group
Short Stack Eatery
Spherion Staffing
Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service
UW Extension Plant Disease & Diagnostics Clinic
UW Health
Wisconsin Alumni Association