Events: Upcoming PhD Dissertation Defenses in early March

On March 9th, the iSchool will have two PhD students holding their Dissertation Defenses.

jcc5-1Juan-Carlos Chavez will be defending his dissertation entitled, “Native American Telecommunication Independence: One Step Above Smoke Signals” from 10am-12pm in Allen Auditorium. Full information and abstract:

headshot_sheryl_linkedinSheryl Day will be defending her dissertation entitled, “Talking Story: The Militarization of Guåhan and Flows of Information in Chamoru Systems of Knowledge” from 1:30-3:30pm in Allen Auditorium. Full information and abstract:

Both defenses are open to the public. Please join us!

Career Newsletter, 2/23/2017

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Job Search for International Students

No matter your connections or credentials, job searching is a difficult process. International students, though, face a unique set of obstacles that can further complicate things: confusion over work authorization, employers hesitant to do extra paperwork, those concerned about candidates whose first language isn’t English, and so on. These certainly aren’t always fair, but it’s important that international job-seekers anticipate the challenges and prepare accordingly.

Challenge: The complexity and resulting confusion of hiring international students

Many employers lack experience with hiring international applicants and, as a result, make incorrect assumptions — that the process is too time-consuming, too costly, etc. To counteract this, we recommend becoming “mini-experts” on work visas. Attend curricular practice training (CPT) and optional practice training (OPT) workshops put on by UW International Student Services (ISS) and research the H-1B visa process. Practice explaining the topic in just a few sentences.

Here’s how you might approach the subject at a networking event (it probably fits most naturally after you’ve given your elevator pitch):

“Does your company hire international applicants on student visas?”


“Are you familiar with hiring students for CPT or OPT? I’m an international student interested in applying for a position with your company.”

The former option is a little more open-ended while the latter is more direct. If the recruiter’s initial response is to mention the complexity or costs associated with international hires, politely suggest the process might be more straightforward than they assume:

“The process for international hires is actually easier than a lot of people think. There isn’t any additional financial cost to the employer, and securing a student visa only takes about two weeks. There is some extra paperwork involved, but completing that is the student’s responsibility.”

From there, the conversation could head in a variety of directions, so it’s good to have a number of knowledge nuggets in your arsenal. Know the rules on getting credit for internships (they vary by program), start dates (you must have been at the UW for at least three quarters before starting, and can’t do so mid-quarter), and transitioning from an internship to full-time position.

When discussing full-time employment, you’ll touch on many of the same points as above, but may get into more specifics on OPT and H-1B visas. Know that MLIS graduates can only work one year of OPT, while INFO, MSIM, and PhD graduates can do up to three — again, at no additional cost to the company.

Be careful to not come across aggressively during these conversations, but know that some level of assertiveness is both necessary and acceptable.

Read more about student visas here.

Challenge: Some companies just won’t budge

Despite your best efforts, some employers will still be resistant to hire international students. Fortunately, there are companies that’re on record as being open to international hires. Where you can find them:

  • GoinGlobal. Provided by the UW Career & Internship Center, GoinGlobal helps job and internship seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. When you click on the link above, you’ll be prompted to login with your UW NetID. From there, click on the “H1B Visas” link at the top of the page. You’ll then be able to search a database of employers that hire international students by specific occupation, company, and location. For the best results, try first narrowing your search by metro area, then sort by company.
  • Founded by immigrants, this site bills itself as “an information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world.” Search for jobs or get detailed information on different types of work authorization.
  • LinkedIn’s alumni tool. If you know international students that’ve graduated from the iSchool and are now employed, check LinkedIn to see where they’re working.

Additional tips and resources

  • Continue to network. Personal and professional connections lead to between 70 and 80 percent of job offers. Continue reaching out to classmates, attending career fairs, participating in student and community organizations, and setting up information interviews. If a company doesn’t already have a practice of hiring international students, they’re probably more likely to change their policy if you have an established relationship with one of their employees.
  • Watch this video of international MSIM students giving tips and suggestions for career success.
  • Check out the Career & Internship Center’s document covering on-campus employment. On-campus jobs don’t require sponsorship.
  • Explore Firsty Year Programs’ comprehensive list of resources for UW’s international community.

Upcoming events


(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)

2/27: Optional Practice Training (OPT) Session; 12:30-1:30pm, BLD 070

UW ISS will be giving a presentation on OPT. Get information on eligibility requirements, how and when to apply for OPT, the STEM OPT extension, and more.

2/28: Career Conversations: Imposter Syndrome; 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 015H

Imposter syndrome is the feeling or belief that you’ve been given something you didn’t earn or don’t deserve. Join Alycia for a conversation on overcoming this obstacle in the workplace.

3/1: Voyager Capital Hangout; 10:00-11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)

Ever thought of starting your own company? Or joining the rocket-ship ride as a startup goes from a handful of employees to hundreds? Local startup attorney Joe Wallin (Carney Badley Spellman) and venture investor Randall Lucas (Voyager Capital) welcome your questions and thoughts.

3/2: Professional Development Panel: PMs; 12:30-2:00pm, OUGL 220
Ever wonder what a PM at a technology company actually does? Curious about the difference between project, program, and product management? Have you questions answered by local PMs.

Career & Internship Center

2/24: Internships for International Students; 2:30-3:00pm, MGH 134

2/28: Interviewing Lab; 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 134

3/1: Grad Students and Postdocs: Translating Research into Career Opportunities; 5:00-7:00pm, HUB 334

For additional events, visit the iSchool and Career Center websites.

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • Competitive Intelligence & Innovation Intern, Disney Parks and Resorts Digital; iCareers ID 5852
  • Security & Infrastructure Consultant – Intern, West Monroe Partners; HuskyJobs ID 112143
  • Customer Technology Consultant – Intern, West Monroe Partners; HuskyJobs ID 112145
  • Software Developer, Quorum Analytics; iCareers ID 5850
  • Children’s Librarian, Whatcom County Library System; iCareers ID 5858
  • Library Consultant, WA Office of the Secretary of State; iCareers ID 5861

Events: Student Tax Classes


Student Tax class for US Residents:

You’ve received your 1098T tax form! Student Fiscal Services is presenting this workshop to help US Resident students understand the information on the 1098T tax form and how it relates to education tax credits and tax issues regarding scholarships and grants. This class is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Wed Feb 22, 2017
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Odegaard Undergraduate Library room 220

Career Newsletter, 2/16/2017

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Interviewing Your Interviewer

The sense of nervous anticipation that precedes an interview is almost inevitable. You’re worried about making a good impression and that’s okay. That said, it’s important to see interviews not simply as candidate evaluations, but back-and-forth assessments between interviewer and interviewee. While the organization is using the meeting to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance to see how well they fit you.

Most interviews will end with the employer asking if you have any question of them. Taking full advantage of this opportunity will help ensure you don’t jump into a job you end up dreading. You can ask for general information about company culture and the day-to-day, along with more detailed stuff like team structure and vacation, and anything in between. Below are tips on succeeding in this role reversal.

Prepare questions before you go.

Coming up with questions in advance will not only demonstrate your preparedness come interview time, it’ll give you time to develop ones that actually provide pertinent info. Think about what aspects of the job might impact your decision to accept or decline an offer and jot down questions accordingly. What’s the minimum amount of paid time off you’d take? Do you want a hands-off managerial philosophy, or something more structured? Don’t pose these as demands, but ask the interviewer questions that’ll hint at whether or not the company can meet your needs.

If you’re struggling to come up with questions, check out our Interview Workshop from last quarter. These two articles are also insightful.

Ask the appropriate person.

Once you get beyond the initial screening, you’ll likely be interviewed by multiple people in subsequent rounds. Most of these will start with each interviewer briefly mentioning their name and title. Pay special attention to these introductions. If one of the panelists is a director, you’ll know to aim questions about organizational philosophy and major initiatives toward them. Questions about day-to-day life or the best parts of the job should be directed at the person whose position most closely matches the one for which you’re applying. And so on.

Strategically targeting your questions will not only provide you with more insightful answers, it will show the interviewers that you’re observant and have a general understanding of organizational structure.

Cover a variety of topics.

This is your only opportunity to find out information that isn’t listed on the company’s website or Glassdoor profile. Find out as much as possible — about organizational values, opportunities for advancement, specific duties, team members, salary and benefits, etc. — so you can confidently accept an offer that’ll leave you satisfied.

Upcoming events


(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)

2/21: Career Conversations: Introverted Job Searching; 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 015H

Career & Internship Center

2/17: LinkedIn Lab for International Students; 1:30-2:20pm, MGH 134

2/21: Getting Started: Networking; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134

2/22: Environmental Career Fair; 11:00am-2:00pm, MGH Commons

2/22: Zillow presents: Navigating the Job Search and Career Development; 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 134

2/23: Exploring: Environmental & Sustainability Careers; 1:30-2:00pm, MGH 134

For additional events, visit the iSchool and Career Center websites.

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • UX Design Intern, AT&T; iCareers ID 5811
  • Software Engineer Intern, Zetec; HuskyJobs ID 97750
  • Research, Archives & Data Strategy Internships, NPR; iCareers IDs 5839, 5894
  • Business Analyst, Discover; iCareers ID 5823
  • Collection Services Manager, Timberland Regional Library; iCareers ID 5805
  • Taxonomy Analyst,; iCareers ID 5825

Event: A Discussion with Community Members Experiencing Homelessness,


In Our Words: A Discussion with Community Members Experiencing Homelessness

The Carlson Center is privileged to host a panel discussion with residents of Tent City 3 and members of Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau. Please join us in the Unity Ballroom at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on Thursday, February 16 from 5-7pm to learn more about the factors and issues that contribute to and surround the day to day lives of those who are homeless, as graciously shared by individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Real Change provides immediate employment opportunities for low-income and homeless individuals, while taking action for economic, social, and racial justice. Their Homeless Speakers Bureau includes homeless and formerly homeless people who speak about their experiences in order to educate the public, facilitate conversation, and inspire social action in regards to homelessness. The panel discussion will include stories from each of our panel participants and opportunities for questions and answers.

Understanding issues such as homelessness on a human level is a crucial first step in addressing its social and systemic foundations. Please join us to learn from community members who are willing to share their lived experiences with the campus community. A light dinner will be served.

We would love to know who’s coming! Please take a moment to RSVP HERE.

Events: Advocacy Research @ the Commons 2/16

Thursday, February 16th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Research Commons, Allen Library South, UW Seattle
Light foods and refreshments provided. This event is free!

The UW community is invited to attend this quarter’s Scholars’ Studio event! 8 Graduate Students will present rapid-fire, TED talk style presentations on the theme of ADVOCACY. Scholars’ Studio events are co-sponsored by the UW Libraries Research Commons and Core Programs in the Graduate School.

Graduate Student presenters are from Communication, Social Work, Geography, Environmental & Forest Sciences, Law, Linguistics, and Education–with an opening presentation on the topic of digital scholarship from UW librarian. Lightning talks will be followed by a Q&A and reception.


Advocacy as Digital Scholarship, Verletta Kern
Music Outreach Services & Digital Scholarship Librarian, UW Seattle


How Language Blurs Our Response to Sexual Violence, Carla Lopez-Wilkerson
Social Work, UW Tacoma

Digitizing and Queering the Historical LGBT Seattle Walking Tour, Julian Barr
Geography, UW Seattle

Diversifying Music Education, Giuliana Conti
Music, UW Seattle

Are Early Childhood and Family Support Programs Effective for Teenage Parents? A Meta-Analysis, Caroline F.D. Black
Education, UW Seattle

Advocating for Neglected Voices: Addressing Bias in Automatic Speech Recognition, Rachael Tatman
Linguistics, UW Seattle

From Tree to Biofuel, Chang Dou
Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW Seattle

Spreading the Bug: Promoting Community Level Advocacy in Africa, Francis Kairu
Law, UW Seattle

Performing Organization: How Personal Narratives Can Function in Recruitment to Grassroots Social Movement Organizations, Nathan TeGrotenhuis
Communication, UW Seattle

To request disability accommodation, contact the
Disability Services Office at 206.543.6452 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY),
206.685.7264 (Fax) or (Email)

Career Newsletter, 2/9/2017

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Job Searching Beyond ICF

We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 iSchool Career Fair! Please consider taking a minute to respond to our brief survey, which can be found in the UW iSchool Career Fair app (on the bottom-right of the homepage).

Now that ICF is over, what should you do?

Follow up. In last week’s newsletter, we went over how to follow up with recruiters you met at the fair. If you haven’t yet, we recommend doing so as soon as possible.

You can also think about reaching out to employers you met earlier this quarter, or during the fall. Mention projects you’ve worked on since last talking, how you’ve applied application advice they gave you, or share an article you think they might find interesting. Reaching out like this can help keep you in the recruiter’s mind, demonstrate your genuine interest in their company, and establish a sustained relationship. Continue reading