UW-Stout Names Menards Inaugural Career Services Employer of the Year
more than 300 alumni work for Eau Claire-based firm
UW-Stout’s Career Services wanted to recognize employers for their commitment to students through engagement, recruitment, and hiring for co-ops, internships, and full-time professional roles.
The inaugural Employer of the Year award was given to Menards during the Career Services Employer Recognition event in May.
“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.
Menards takes part in the university Career Conferences, Employer in Residence program, and Cooperative Education and Internship Program.
In the recent virtual Spring Career Conference, Menards representatives took part in individual, group, and general information recruiting sessions.
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.
“We are hearing from students every day looking for opportunities. Employers are hiring, and our students are in demand.” –Bethany Henthorn, Cooperative Education and Internship Program coordinator, UW-Stout
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.
This summer, co-ops and internships appear to be making a fairly strong rebound after last year when the COVID-19 pandemic caused many companies to dial back on them.
Bethany Henthorn, Cooperative Education and Internship Program coordinator, said about 650 students are on track to participate this summer. “I am hoping we can hit 750 students,” she noted.
This spring 122 students participated in co-ops and internships, and there were 114 in the fall semester.
“We are hearing from students every day looking for opportunities,” Henthorn said. “Employers are hiring, and our students are in demand.”