iSchool Career Services Newsletter 10/8/2012

Career News and Tips

How do I find an internship?

It’s great that you’re now thinking about internships! I get a lot of questions about how to look for and find one, as well as what the timing and strategies are for making the most of your internship search.

1. Should I be looking now for a summer internship? You can start looking for summer internships any time! Fall is the recruiting time for many companies that have established internship programs, so if you think you might want to work for one of these (one of the “Big 4”, Microsoft, Boeing, and many others – check the UW Career Center for even more), then this is a great window of opportunity to apply for those internships. That said, if you’re not sure where you want to work or what you want to do in an internship, don’t panic! Fall is a great time for you to gather information about companies and career options so that you can have a more focused search throughout the rest of the year. Take time to explore your interest areas and the people and organizations that do the kind of work you’re interested in.

2. Where can I find internships? Two strategies that I recommend combining are: reviewing  posted internship listings, and networking. For posted internship opportunities, you can find these in iCareers, HuskyJobs, your email listservs, and larger job boards like Dice and Indeed.com. These are great ways to get a sense for what is available and what companies are out there, and what common internship descriptions look like. However, spend the majority of your internship-search time networking! Reach out to professionals at meet-ups, InfoCamp, information sessions, conferences or events, or via email, to ask questions about their role, their company, and what advice they have for a student in that field. Let them know you’re seeking an internship and ask if they know anyone you should talk to about internship opportunities.

3. I’m worried I won’t get the internship at _____. Big name companies are great choices, but they’re not your only choices! For example, if you’re interested in consulting, look at other firms like Avanade, Accenture or boutique Seattle-area firms. If you’re looking for project or program management look at financial or investment firms, larger nonprofits, or businesses with IT departments like Costco or Expeditors. Look at the Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists in the main UW Career Center to get some ideas, or browse postings in iCareers to see what companies are listing with us, maybe they’ll have other positions too. Want to work for the Seattle Public Library? Look at libraries outside the Seattle area or nonprofits or educational institutions that support the core work that draws you to librarianship too. Thinking outside of the common names in the work you want to do can lead to more options, and many of these companies hire throughout the year. So don’t worry if the big names in recruiting don’t work out for you just yet, you’ll come across great choices as the year goes on.

4. What resources can you point me to? Don’t forget to access the main UW Career Center for job/internship search workshops, help with your resume and cover letter, and their Career Guide, which will help you with tips on informational interviewing and job search strategies. The iSchool website: http://ischool.uw.edu/careerservices  has great resources too! Come to drop-in sessions with me, or schedule an appointment if you need to at icareers@uw.edu.

Career Related Events This Week

Mon., October 8 | 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Employer Information Session: West Monroe Partners

Mon., October 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Finding Jobs and Internships

Mon., October 8 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Fisher Investments

Tues., October 9 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm,  MGH 430

Portfolios with Filter Talent (IUGA Career Series)

Tues., October 9 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

LinkedIn 101

Tues., October 9 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Resumes, CV’s, and Cover Letters

Tues., October 9 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Leaders and Action: Deloitte and US Olympic Athletes

Weds., October 10 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Meet the Employer : Intel

Weds., October 10 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

State Department Careers and Internships Info Session

Weds., October 10 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Apptio, Inc.

Thurs., October 11 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm,  MGH 420

Don’t be Awkward: Networking for the rest of us (IUGA Career Series)

Thu., October 11 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Career Fair Success

Thurs., October 11 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm,  Business Hall

Deloitte Consulting Information Session – hosted by BITS

Fri., October 12 | 11:30 – 1:00 pm,  Serials Solutions headquarters

iMentor event at Serials Solutions (RSVP was required)

Fri., October 12 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Resumes, CV’s & Cover Letters

Fri., October 12 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Career Fair Success

Mon., October 15 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

ResumeFest

Mon., October 15 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm MGH 430

Employer Information Session: Golder and Associates

 

Highlighted Professional Jobs

Evergreen Hospital

Hospital Librarian (iCareers #65)

Boeing

Information Technology Career Foundation Program (iCareers #64)

3Sets

UX Designer (iCareers #62)

Washington Dental Service

Security Engineer (iCareers #60)

Amazon.com

Taxonomist/Browse Developer

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

Metadata Librarian

Seattle Pacific University

Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Contact maassr@spu.edu for more information (also posted through iprojobs).

Russell Investments

Quantitative Analyst

Contact ABichsel@RUSSELL.COM for more information (also posted through iprojobs)

American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Project Manager

Timberland Regional Library

Adult Services Librarian (HuskyJobs # 64839)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Systems Librarian (HuskyJobs #64670)

Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

Archdiocese of Seattle

Archival Digitization Project (iCareers  #66)

Boeing

Information Technology Internship (iCareers #63)

Washington Technology Industry Association

Research Intern (iCareers #61)

UW Professional and Continuing Education

Lab Assistant

Contact dclements@PCE.UW.EDU for more information and to apply (also listed on istujobs)

Cisco Systems

Analyst – Information Technology Intern – IT  (HuskyJobs post 64923)

Point It! Inc.

Search Engine Marketing Intern (HuskyJobs #65163)

 

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