Alternative Summer Plans
Enroll in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
MOOCs, for those unfamiliar, are (generally) free or inexpensive online classes open to anyone that’s interested. Numerous sites offer MOOCs, though a few might be particularly helpful for iSchool students.
Coursera is partnered with a notable list of universities, including Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and UW, and offers classes from those institutions. Coursera offers a broad range of courses — everything from arts and humanities to physical science and engineering — but is still particularly well suited for the iSchool population. Among the site’s most popular courses are The Data Scientist’s Toolbox from John Hopkins, Introduction to Programming with MATLAB from Vanderbilt, and Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach from UW. LIS students might be interested in Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe from the University of Colorado System, or Copyright for Multimedia from Duke, Emory, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Udacity is the MOOC site most focused on securing employment for its students. With courses developed with the help of tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, Udacity is able to guarantee any student of its Nanodegree Plus program a job within six months of graduation, or they’ll give back 100% of the tuition. (This guarantee comes at a price, however — tuition for the Nanodegree Plus programs is $300 per month.)
Whichever site you choose, you’ll likely find it a worthwhile experience. A survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that 72% of students who took MOOCs reported career benefits and 61% reported educational benefits.
Enroll in UW courses
Maybe you’re just looking to stay the course this summer. Period I registration for next quarter began April 10 and runs through May 17, while Period II starts May 18 and ends June 18 — a day before first classes on June 19. You can find the INFO time schedule here, MLIS here, MSIM here, and INFX here.
Summer Quarter features smaller class sizes, providing a more intimate learning environment and the chance to develop strong relationships with your instructors. It’s also a good opportunity to explore courses in other departments that you might not have the time to take during the standard academic year.
And while not traditional classes, students might be interested in these IT training courses from UW.
Volunteering has obvious benefits — you gain experience that can be put on a resume, build your professional network, and demonstrate your dedication to service.
There are volunteer opportunities abound for library students. The Seattle Public Library alone offers 13 different types of volunteer positions, including Book Group Facilitator, Library Support Volunteer, and Story Time Assistant. The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library and King County Library System also have numerous opportunities.
For tech-related volunteering, there’s Seattle CoderDojo, a group that meets every Saturday and helps kids aged learn 8-18 how to code. Seattle Public Library houses Computer Instruction Assistant volunteers (follow the earlier link), while King County Libraries has opportunities for Tech Tutors. And while not specifically a volunteer opportunity, Seattle Tech4Good is a Meetup group focused on using technology to help nonprofit organizations, and might be a good place to find out where you can apply your talents more directly.
I also encourage all students to check out VolunteerMatch, which allows you to search opportunities by location and interest area. Seattle Works and United Way of King County are also good for general assignment service opportunities. Even if the volunteer work isn’t explicitly related to what you’d like to pursue long-term, the aforementioned benefits apply.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
5/2: MLIS Career Q&A; 6:00 – 7:00pm, online
Join Alycia for an online Q&A. MLIS students can bring their questions on job searching, preparing for internships, or anything else career-related. Conducted via Zoom at the above link.
5/3: Voyager Capital Hangout; 10:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)
Ever thought of starting your own company? Or joining the rocket-ship ride as a startup goes from a handful of employees to hundreds? Local startup attorney Joe Wallin (Carney Badley Spellman) and venture investor Randall Lucas (Voyager Capital) welcome your questions and thoughts.
UW Career & Internship Center
4/26: Job Search Strategies for PhDs and Postdocs; 5:00 – 6:00pm, BAG 260
4/27: Marketing, Media & Communications Career Fair; 2:00 – 5:00pm, MGH Commons
5/1: Exploring Your Strengths Lab; 2:30 – 3:50pm, MGH 134
5/2: Getting Started: Finding Internships; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
5/4: US Job Search for International Students; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Development Services Intern, Parametric; iCareers ID 6099
- PMO Intern, Parametric; iCareers ID 6100
- Gates Archive Internship, Gates Archive; iCareers ID 6097
- Content Management Intern, Analog Devices; iCareers ID 6111
- Customer and Technical Support Specialist; iCareers ID 6107
- Data Scientist, King; iCareers ID 6103
- Functional Analyst, REI; HuskyJobs ID 114396
- Graphics Designer, Capital Pacific; HuskyJobs ID 114400
- Web and Database Development Librarian – NC Live, North Carolina St. University Libraries; iCareers ID 6105