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For Interns

On behalf of evryone at the Madison LC, welcome! Below we have compiled several links and pieces of information that you may find helpful during your stay.

Preparations - What to bring and what you need to get into the US

Information About the American Midwest - What you can expect from the local populace

Travel - How to get to and around Madison

Food and Dining - A guide to resturants in the city of Madison.

Madison History

Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin, is centrally located in the southern part of the state. It sits in between the three lakes of Mendota, Monona, and Wingra. Originally, it was no more than a heavily wooded, mosquito infested swamp which has now transformed into a “Model City” as declared by Mr. John Nolen, a famous city planner from the early 1900’s. Today it is the political nucleus of Wisconsin, home to thousands of college students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well +200,000 permanent residents. This liberal-thinking and lively city has a lot to offer from Farmer’s Market around the square, to amazing sunsets on the Memorial Union Terrace, and the bustling commerce of State St. It was also once called home to the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright who designed many of the buildings in the city and surrounding area as well as the famous comedian, Chris Farley who is still very popular despite is early death.

Wisconsin first became a state in 1848, and at that time it was almost completely wooded. But not long after the lumber industry boomed, much of the state became covered in farms which why it today it is known as “America’s Dairyland.” Even today, it is still a heavy producer of milk, cheese, and other dairy products. With heavy Polish and German heritage, Wisconsin is also known for its bratwurst and the beer from the all the breweries in Milwaukee, its largest city. This heritage also tended towards a more liberal and progressive political scene where many child and women labor laws and assistance for disabled and elderly are rooted. Mining was also a big industry for a while in the early days and is responsible for creating Wisconsin’s nickname, the “ Badger State”, as many miners burrowed into the ground looking for iron, zinc, and lime. In sports, with football being a very popular in America, the Green Bay Packers and UW-Badgers also play an important role in Wisconsin’s identity. Finally, Wisconsin is also well known for its 15,000 lakes and has become a popular weekend destination for many sportsmen who are looking to snag the big fish or deer.