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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Mon., October 8 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
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
Tues., October 9 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Tues., October 9 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Weds., October 10 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Weds., October 10 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Weds., October 10 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
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
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
Fri., October 12 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mon., October 15 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mon., October 15 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm MGH 430
Employer Information Session: Golder and Associates
Highlighted Professional Jobs
Hospital Librarian (iCareers #65)
Information Technology Career Foundation Program (iCareers #64)
UX Designer (iCareers #62)
Washington Dental Service
Security Engineer (iCareers #60)
U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
Seattle Pacific University
Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Contact email@example.com for more information (also posted through iprojobs).
Contact ABichsel@RUSSELL.COM for more information (also posted through iprojobs)
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
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)
Information Technology Internship (iCareers #63)
Washington Technology Industry Association
Research Intern (iCareers #61)
UW Professional and Continuing Education
Contact dclements@PCE.UW.EDU for more information and to apply (also listed on istujobs)
Analyst – Information Technology Intern – IT (HuskyJobs post 64923)
Point It! Inc.
Search Engine Marketing Intern (HuskyJobs #65163)