IPDS lays the foundation for a successful career in the college unions and student activities field.

Skills and knowledge gained during this three-day seminar will inform and inspire participants, returning them to campus ready to tackle job duties and contribute to the development and growth of the organization.    

  • Further skills in multiple competency areas, including communication, fiscal management, and leadership 
  • Build a network of peers to learn from during IPDS and beyond 
  • Gather tips and tricks that are directly applicable to daily work  
  • Hear lessons learned and best practices from experienced professionals  
  • Find solutions to common issues, such as work-life balance and time management


Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
Friday, June 16


Registration includes dinner Monday, lunch and dinner Tuesday, lunch and dinner Wednesday, lunch Thursday, and brunch Friday. Breakfast is included with residence hall registration (find more details in the Lodging section).

Early (by May 1)
Regular (May 1–22)
Late (after May 22)




Cancellation Policy
Payment for all fees is due at the time of registration. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. International currency will be accepted at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment. Upon written request, credit will be issued for all fees, less a $75 processing charge, until May 1. A $150 processing charge will be assessed for conference registrations cancelled in writing from May 2–22. No credits will be issued beginning May 23. If payment has been received prior to cancellation, refunds will be issued, less fees, after the seminar. Unpaid cancellation fees and no-shows are billed.

Travel and Lodging

Lodging is available in Chadbourne Residence Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus—$284 for a single, $190 for a double (double rate is per person; we will facilitate roommate matching). You can reserve housing through the registration process. Housing must be booked by May 22. 

Those flying into Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., may find transportation options for Madison here.