iSchool Career Services Newsletter 2/25/2014

Career News

Janet will be gone on vacation from March 7th to March 30th, and will return to the iSchool on Monday, March 31st. I won’t be answering email or seeing students during this time frame. If you need career support while I’m gone, you should utilize the resources at the main UW Career Center, or book an appointment in iCareers with me in spring quarter when I return!

Career Tips

Applying to Summer Internships

Getting a summer internship is an important way to gain experience and build your resume.  It could even lead to a job! A 2011 survey by National Associations of Colleges and Employers reports that the responding companies converted nearly 58 percent of the their interns into full-time hires.  So whether you’ve already been looking for an internship for months or are just getting started, here are some internship tips that will help you.

Make some decisions

  • Am I able to do an unpaid internship? Unpaid internships can give you great experiences in your field and in the workplace. They can provide you with valuable skills such as time management, teamwork, and professionalism, all of which can be reflected in your resume.  However, unpaid internships should not be done with for-profit organizations or companies. Unpaid internships with for-profit companies usually come up against department of labor regulations unless the internship meets very specific criteria, so if you’re applying for unpaid internships, they should be with nonprofits, government agencies, or in some cases, start up organizations.

  • Am I willing to relocate? Internships where you will have to relocate can seem daunting. However, there are many benefits that come along with this opportunity.  It is also a chance to explore a new place and make new connections. Check the internship benefits: some places may offer stipends for moving or housing expenses.

  • Am I willing to intern at a startup company or a company I’ve never heard of? Interning for startup companies will give you practical hands-on business experience, in addition to experience in the field you are going into.  You could even add these newly acquired skills, such as problem solving, to your resume.  These companies are often looking for new employees so an internship at a startup could potentially lead to a job hire. You may not have heard of the company, but many small companies offer phenomenal internship opportunities.

Do your homework – Research the companies you are applying to by looking at their online presence, for example, their webpage, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.  Make sure the company knows why you are interested in this internship position and why you chose their company specifically.

Work on your Resume & Cover Letter – Make sure your resume and cover letter clearly position you as someone who can meet the needs of that specific employer.  Also, attention to detail and wording are very important because they help you market yourself to potential employers. Make sure your cover letter compliments your resume. You can find an example of an iSchool Resume template here. You can also find an example of an iSchool Cover Letter template here.

Look at your contacts – Do you know anyone at the company you are applying to? One way to network is to do some research through LinkedIn, which is a great way to find out who you may already have connections to.  LinkedIn can also be used as a tool to discover “who’s who” at the company.  Networking at events or through work and school can also be a great outlet for finding leads on internship openings.

Be Flexible – Companies want to know your availability for the Summer, which means you will have to reconcile your academic and personal calendars with your intended work schedule.  This is important because companies want to know that you’re flexible.   Paid internships or those that will provide housing, are great ways to increase your flexibility.

Utilize iCareers – UW student or Alumni?  Employers are posting summer internship opportunities in iCareers all the time.  The best part about this database is that employers are specifically recruiting people with your skill sets.

Career-Related Events This Week

MLIS Career Discovery Week

Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28  |   MGH 420

Getting an Academic Library Job: Cover Letter Review

Tuesday, February 25 |  4:00 – 5:30pm |  MGH 420

How to Read a Job Description

Wednesday, February 26  | 12:30 – 1:30pm | MGH 420

Great MLIS Resumes

Thursday, February 27 | 12:30 – 1:30pm | MGH 420

Becoming a Leader and Innovator in the Field

Friday, February 28 | 10:30am – 12:00pm | MGH 420

Resume & Cover Letters

Tuesday, February 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | MGH 134

Invited Talk: Jessica Hullman

Wednesday, February 26 | 9:00 – 10:00am | MGH 420

Finding Jobs & Internships

Wednesday, February 26 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | MGH 134

Career (Re)Launch Workshop

Thursday, February 27 | 5:30 – 8 pm | MGH 134

Networking for Shy People (& Everyone)

Friday, February 28 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm | MGH 134

Research Conversation: In Bits We Trust

Monday, March 3 | 12:15 – 1:30 pm |  MGH 420

Job Search for International Students

Monday, March 3 | 3 – 4 pm | MGH 134

External Events

What is LinkedIn and how can it help you?

Wednesday, February 26  |  8:15am

Speed Networking

Wednesday, February 26  |  6:00pm

Learn HTML & CSS

Wednesday, February 26  |  6:00 pm

ScaleOut Software + more @ Seattle Scalability Meetup

Wednesday, February 26  |  7:00 PM

Eastside Seattle (Bellevue,Redmond,Kirkland) Xcoders Meeting

Thursday, February 27 2014  | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Body-SPEAK: Essential Non-Verbal Communication For Business Professionals

Saturday, March 1 | 10:00am

Game Design Workshop

Sunday, March 2  |  1:00pm

Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

The Academy

Special Collections Intern

Audio Collections Intern

Technical Services Department Internship

Web and Digital Communications Intern

Email for more Information:


Student Program Internship – Information Technology


WordPress / PHP Developer Intern


Web Developer Intern

Experience Design Intern

Golden Rain Foundation

Library Clerk – Part-time


Summer 2014: Web Developer

SortIQ Inc

User Experience Developer Internship

Amazon Corporate LLC

Sr. Product Manager-Technical Products Intern


Summer Intern – Crowdsourcing/Curation


Teradata Analytics Applications Intern


Research Summer Intern- Big Data


UX Designer (Internship)

Siemens Infrastructure and Cities

Project Management Intern

Global Power Supply

Project Manager Internship

LDS Church

Indexing Intern-Church History Department


Summer 2014: NPR Library Archives

Bok Tower Gardens

Library Intern

Sno-Isle Libraries

Library Associate II at Sultan

Page II at the Snohomish Library

University of Washington Libraries

*Metadata Specialist

Information School

*Graduate Staff Assistantship – Law Library

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

*Archives Intern: SAM Docent Records

Cornish College of the Arts Library

*Reference and/or Instruction DFW

Special Collections, Seattle Public Library

*Archives Project Lead (Policies and Procedures)

*Archives Project Lead (Processing)


*User Research Internship

*Apply Now Through iCareers!

Highlighted Professional Jobs

Grand Valley State University

Assistant/Associate Librarian (Head of Collections)

UC Berkeley Libraries

Digital Services Analyst

Sno-Isle Libraries


Affinity Management Group

Director of Library


Lead UX Researcher

Education Affiliates

Library Manager

State of Nebraska

Library Technician

Bertrand Community School

Library-Media Technology Integration Position


Vice President, Model Implementation & Analytics Library

University of Illinois

Graduate School of Library and Information Science: Adjunct Faculty Open Rank

Princeton University

Web Developer (Library)


Adobe CQ Developer


Java Developer

Xtreme Consulting

Web Developer


User Experience Designer | Experience Design

Thomson Reuters

UX Project Manager

Yukon Kuskokwin Health Corporation

IT Project Manager

EC Infosystems

IT Project Manager

Group Health

Database Administrator

DevOps Engineer – Database Services


ETS – SQL Database Administrator

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

*Associate Developer – Java

*Business Analyst II

*Database Administrator

*IS Application Support Specialist

*Software Tester – Global Logistics

*Systems Administrator Mobility/Notes/Exchange – IS Communications


*A4 Visual Designer

Smith & Lowney

*Archival assistant

University of Mississippi

*Education Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor

Qatar Foundation / Qatar National Library

*Head of Archives

*Information Services Librarian – History and Philosophy

*Information Services Librarian – Literature and Popular Fiction

*Senior Conservation Librarian

*Senior Content Specialist

Bigger Boat Consulting

*Project Manager (part-time)

Lewis & Clark College, Aubrey R. Watzek Library

*Special Collections & Archives Librarian

Group Health Cooperative

*IT Controls Assessment Role


*.Net Application Developer

*Recent Grad Intern – Software Engineer

*Remote Technical Support for MS Exchange, Cloud Services

*Technical Support Analyst I

University of Alaska – Anchorage

*Access Services Librarian

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

*Reference Librarian

West Monroe Partners

* Consultant

*Apply Now Through iCareers!

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