April 22, 2014 Career Newsletter
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
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
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
- Tai Initiative – App Design Intern
- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air – Web Analytics Intern
- Flightpath – Web Production Internship
- Blue State Digital – Summer UX & Content Internship
- Energy Pioneer Solutions – Data Analytics Internship
- Arrow Electronics – Big Data Internship , Product Manager Internship- Summer 2014 – Full Time
- Aetna –IT Project Manager Voice Engineering Internship
- Siemens Energy, Inc – INTERN – IT Apps Support
- Gilead – Summer Internship – IT – Operations
- *Smithsonian Libraries – Professional Development Internships
- *City of Bellevue – Student Intern
- *Brooks Library – Brooks Westside Library Internship
*Apply Now Through iCareers!
Highlighted Professional Jobs
- Ascend International School in Mumbai – Librarian
- Boulder Public Library – Principal Librarian
- ORCiD – Customer and Technical Support Specialist
- The Research Commons – Student Reference Specialist – Research Commons
- Miami University – Computer and Engineering Librarian/Assistant Librarian
- Rochester Public Library – Reference/Web Librarian
- Minitex – Assistant Director for Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education
- San Diego State University Library – STEM Librarian (Engineering and Math Concentration)
- *MarketShare – Associate Data Analyst
- *SerialsSolutions – SQL Database Administrator
- *Everett Public Library – Substitute Librarian
- *Sub Pop Records – Digital Asset Coordinator
- *Sandia National Laboratories – Information Management Specialist: Library Search & Discovery (Job ID 645642)
- *Upper Skagit Library District – Library Associate
- *Iowa State University – Resource Sharing & Acquisitions Management Librarian
*Apply Now Through iCareers!