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Alumni Life

More than 6,000 Nelson Institute alumni work in government, business, and nonprofit organizations, applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place.

Rendezvous on the Terrace

Friday, Sept. 27, 2024 | 5–7:30 p.m.
Memorial Union Tripp Commons (2nd floor)
800 Langdon Street, Madison

Join the Nelson Institute for our annual gathering for alumni and friends, Rendezvous on the Terrace! Catch up with friends, meet fellow alumni, and chat with Nelson Institute students, faculty, and staff. Join us on September 27 for food, fun, and a celebration of our 2024 alumni award winners.

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Where Do Our Alumni Live?

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Nelson alumni can be found in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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Our graduates also live in 44 countries, contributing to our global impact.

Find Your Passion

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Looking for an environmentally focused career? Check out our jobs board, which features job opportunities from around the country. You can sign up for a weekly email with the latest postings, and employers can submit jobs.

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Connect with the Nelson Institute Community

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Make Lasting Connections

Network with other Nelson Institute alumni through our LinkedIn Alumni and Friends group! Watch for job postings, alumni shoutouts, and our Dear Alumni posts featuring advice requests from our students.

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Hire Our Students

Does your organization or company have an internship program? Contact Emily Reynolds, director of community engagement and alumni relations, at to discuss placement opportunities for Nelson Institute students.

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Connect with Students and Alumni

Sign up to be contacted about volunteer opportunities. Opportunities include speaking to classes, participating in our annual speed networking event, career talks, hosting our annual alumni virtual networking event, or giving a 3×5 presentation about your work. Yes! I’d like to be contacted about these opportunities

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Invest in Our Future

We couldn’t do it without your support! Financial gifts from alumni and friends enable the Nelson Institute to build on its rich tradition of excellence and innovation. Gifts of any size make a difference

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Stay up to Date

The Commons is a monthly digital magazine for alumni and friends of the Nelson Institute. Read the latest issue and subscribe today.

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Celebrate Our Alumni

Each year, the Nelson Institute shines a spotlight on alumni who are making a difference in the world. Learn about this year’s winners

Get Your Nelson Gear

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Show your Badger and Nelson spirit wherever life takes you. Visit our online store to purchase Nelson-branded merchandise, including button-down shirts, fleece, soft-shell vests and jackets, hats, bags, and more. Shop now

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