More Than Just a Job Description

Priceless Experience

At TDS, interns earn competitive wages while gaining priceless experience to prepare for full-time positions. No matter what department you intern with, there are endless opportunities to collaborate with employees in other departments. There are also many opportunities to be part of projects that may fall outside of your field of interest—providing ample chance to learn about careers you may not otherwise encounter.

As an intern at TDS, some of the many benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible scheduling—full-time during the summer, or part-time if you prefer, with reduced work hours during the academic year
  • Two paid hours per month to participate in the Intern Employee Resource Group activities
  • Casual dress
  • Free covered parking if you drive; no car, no worries, TDS is directly on bus lines
  • Fifteen minutes from downtown Madison and the UW-Madison campus
  • Opportunity to join the TDS team

Core Company Values

TDS has a set of core company values, including:

  • Maintaining Integrity
  • Placing team above self
  • Investing in people
  • Inspiring a sense of urgency
  • Being a good citizen

These values are proudly displayed throughout the company. They are a critical part of our corporate culture and central to achieving our missions of delighting customers, championing economic development, growing rapidly, being the market leader, and innovating and improving.

Intern Opportunities

Jim Butman - President & CEO, TDS Telecom

"TDS is dedicated to providing a valuable intern experience that prepares students for a full-time career. We appreciate all the fresh ideas they bring to the table while learning how to develop and apply their skills. Their role is critical to driving innovation and making TDS a great place to work. I think we often learn as much from them as they learn from us."

Mike Wanta

Mike Wanta

Mike Wanta started interning in the Communications department in October 2016. He was hired as a full-time employee in June 2017.

"During my time as an intern with the communications team, my colleagues made me feel like a vital part of the team and the company. I had the chance to learn, share ideas, meet with peers, join new groups, and talk with leadership all while gaining experience. My work contributed to the success of the team, department, and company. The inclusive culture is one of the main reasons I seized the opportunity to join TDS as a full-time employee. Though it's only been a few months, I haven't looked back. I'm still learning and growing, but continue to feel that I'm a valued contributor."

Zach Bernarde

Zach Bernarde

Zach Bernarde started interning in the Real Estate department in May 2018.

"As an intern I was able to take the data gathering and compilation lead on a Real Estate contract project to on-board a national vendor. I also am glad to have taken a seat on the Intern ERG's leadership committee. This committee aims to provide a robust internship experience for all interns in the TDS enterprise. Throughout this internship I was able to network, volunteer, and participate in professional development activities with many other interns and employees."

Heather Entwistle

Heather Entwistle

Heather Entwistle started interning in the IT department in April 2017. She was hired as a full-time employee in December 2017.

"From the beginning, I was involved in tasks that were integral to my team’s success. My responsibilities were gradually ramped up, providing me with consistent opportunities to learn new things. I was given several mentors, ensuring that I always knew where to go when I had questions to ask. As an intern, I had opportunities to make friends with the other interns in our employee resource group, meet with employees across the company who showed me what their jobs entailed, and connect with hiring managers at the company’s networking events.

The best part was that after I was hired on full time, I was able to put the skills I had learned as an intern to use immediately. The experiences I had as an intern were so helpful in preparing me to become a software engineer and part of the TDS team."