iSchool Career Center Newsletter 4/22/14


April 22, 2014 Career Newsletter

Evaluating Internships

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if an internship is going to be a good experience. Sometimes it’s a possibility that you’ll be taken advantage of in an internship, so it’s good to know how to evaluate internship experiences to make sure you’re maximizing your chances for success! Here are some guidelines that can help.

Paid Versus Unpaid

If you are considering an unpaid internship, be sure to closely evaluate it’s benefits to you. Unpaid internships contain valuable learning opportunities and provide experience and connections, but it should be absolutely clear what you will gain from the internship, such as experience, tangible skills, exposure and networking connections. If you cannot determine the value of the experience, you may wish to keep seeking other opportunities. You should also look at the amount of commitment required. Unpaid internships are commonplace in government and nonprofit sectors but those in the for-profit/corporate sectors should be evaluated more carefully. Ideally, unpaid internships should require no more than 12-15 hours a week.

Managing your Expectations

It is important not to assume a full-time job will be available for you at the end of an internship. However, there are definitely ways to can stand-out during an internship experience and secure a positive recommendation from a site supervisor.  Performing well in your internship can help position you should full-time opportunity become available. You can find further suggestions about how to make a good impression on the Career Services ‘Making a Good Impression’ handout. In any event, keep your options open in case there are no positions available after you’ve completed your internship.

Getting iSchool Credit

To get internship credit for Informatics, you must first propose an internship. You should prepare and present your proposal to the iSchool faculty member who will supervise and evaluate your independent study at least 2 weeks before the quarter. You will then register for INFO 499 and can for up to 5 credits per quarter. For more information click here.

To get internship credit for MLIS, enroll in LIS 590 (Directed Fieldwork) and earn 2-5 credits for interning in an information environment under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced professional.  You’ll apply concepts learned in the classroom to a practical, real-world experience and develop learning outcomes that mutually benefit you and your host site.  Be sure to reference the “DFW Checklist and Guidelines” for the steps to setting up your future fieldwork! Find more information here.

To get internship credit for MSIM, take IMT 590 and earn between 2-4 credits. Be sure to access the Experiential Learning Initial Survey and Experiential Learning Placement Form via iCareers.  After your internship, you will complete a final report on your experience. For more information click here.

More questions about internships? Schedule an appointment with Janet or your academic advisor (if you want or need to earn credit for your internship), and we can help you out!

Career-Related Events This Week

Networking for Shy People (& Everyone)
Tue., April 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm |  MGH 134

Writing Resumes & Cover Letters Workshop
Tue., April 22 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | HUB

Interviewing 101
Tue., April 22 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | HUB

UW Bothell Spring Career Fair (All Industries)
Wed., April 23 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm |UW Bothell North Creek Events Center

Employer Conversations: Careers That Make a Difference
Thu., April 24 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | HUB

Finding Jobs & Internships
Fri., April 25 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm |  MGH 134

External Events

The Scenario: A cybersecurity role playing game
Hosted By: Crosscut, World Affairs Council, Impact Hub Seattle, and Seattle Globalist
Wednesday, April 23 | 6:00 – 8:30pm

NSHMBA Seattle Diversity Recruiting and Career Management Event
Saturday, April 26th  | 9:30am – 3:30pm | HUB

The IT Summit
Tuesday, April 22 | 8:00am – 2:30pm |  Bellevue

Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

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Highlighted Professional Jobs

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