Jobs at COWS




We are hiring: apply before July 3rd to ensure consideration. 


We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team and help provide high quality policy and program information to cities across the country.  The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This person will work on a wide range of issues and connect with elected leaders and local government staff in a number of ways. We are a project of COWS, based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


The successful applicant will be a strong writer, and be able to communicate with a broad range of audiences. They will be very organized, and have the capacity to learn quickly. Background in policy, especially local policy, is desired by not required. Some travel is required. This position is based in Madison WI and will start as soon as possible.


The full listing is posted here:



Student Hourlies

We welcome resumes from interested students on an ongoing basis for our part-time student hourly positions (10-20 hours/week, with the opportunity for more as needed). The ideal candidates will be available over the Summer breaks, in addition to Fall/Spring semesters. 

Student hourlies provide administrative support, with the opportunity to assist on research and writing projects as we see fit. This will include assisting with Mayors Innovation Project semi-annual meetings and at least two other events Fall/early Winter, in addition to other smaller projects requiring efficient support.

These duties will include making phone calls to Mayoral offices around the country, assisting in list and database maintenance, preparing mail merges and mailings, and other basic administrative tasks. 


Proficiency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required. Experience with mail merge a plus. Knowledge of Adobe Premiere, InDesign, and/or other web and design software desirable (but not required).  A pleasant, professional attitude, flexible schedule, and positive work ethic needed. Must learn quickly, have some experience doing administrative work in an office environment, and be responsible and able to work independently. Students can generally pick their own schedule to work around classes as needed, but they must be during regular business hours (between ~9am - 5pm).

Candidates must be students. Both undergraduate or graduates welcome to apply, but please note that these positions are more administrative in nature.


Please list three references with your application. One of these MUST be someone at UW Madison.


Please send resume, letter, and references to Matthew Wyndham for consideration.