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!
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
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
Tuesday, February 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | MGH 134
Wednesday, February 26 | 9:00 – 10:00am | MGH 420
Wednesday, February 26 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | MGH 134
Thursday, February 27 | 5:30 – 8 pm | MGH 134
Friday, February 28 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm | MGH 134
Monday, March 3 | 12:15 – 1:30 pm | MGH 420
Monday, March 3 | 3 – 4 pm | MGH 134
Wednesday, February 26 | 8:15am
Wednesday, February 26 | 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 26 | 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26 | 7:00 PM
Thursday, February 27 2014 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 1 | 10:00am
Sunday, March 2 | 1:00pm
Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships
Web and Digital Communications Intern
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*Graduate Staff Assistantship – Law Library
*Archives Intern: SAM Docent Records
*Reference and/or Instruction DFW
*Archives Project Lead (Policies and Procedures)
*Archives Project Lead (Processing)
*User Research Internship
*Apply Now Through iCareers!
Highlighted Professional Jobs
*Associate Developer – Java
*Business Analyst II
*IS Application Support Specialist
*Software Tester – Global Logistics
*Systems Administrator Mobility/Notes/Exchange – IS Communications
*A4 Visual Designer
*Education Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor
*Head of Archives
*Information Services Librarian – History and Philosophy
*Information Services Librarian – Literature and Popular Fiction
*Senior Conservation Librarian
*Senior Content Specialist
*Project Manager (part-time)
*Special Collections & Archives Librarian
*IT Controls Assessment Role
*.Net Application Developer
*Recent Grad Intern – Software Engineer
*Remote Technical Support for MS Exchange, Cloud Services
*Technical Support Analyst I
*Access Services Librarian
*Apply Now Through iCareers!