Career Newsletter, 1/8/20


Welcome back and happy new year! With the new quarter comes another phase of recruitment. Countless organizations are still searching for their next stellar employee, and that could be you.

Chief among this quarter’s business is, of course, the iSchool Career Fair (ICF). It’s happening Monday, Feb. 3, 12:30 – 4:30pm in the HUB Ballrooms. We are still recruiting organizations to attend and will have a list posted on our website in the next few weeks.

MLIS students can also look forward to the Library Expo 2020 on Friday, February 7 from 12:30 -2:30pm in Odegaard 220.

To help students prepare for these events, we are offering several workshops:

iSchool Career and Internship Center

UW Career and Internship Center

With the number of events this quarter that include a networking component, we’re focusing this newsletter on how to explain your degree to prospective employers.


Explaining what you’re studying at the iSchool can be challenging. Tell someone you study here, and you could get any number of responses — questions about how your major differs from computer science to confused looks about when Apple released a new product. Information science and management are nuanced fields and not always well understood by the general public.

The ability to explain your degree can not only help satisfy inquisitive friends and relatives; it will allow you to better convince employers you’re the right person for the job.

General approaches (all iSchool students) …

“I’m studying the relationship between information, technology, and people. My classes are in [computer programming, website development, knowledge organization, etc.].”

“My degree is interdisciplinary — we learn from professors that come from a range of industries, like technology, psychology, business, and education.”

“I’m studying how information is used by people and organizations, and how it impacts social and technical problems. This quarter, we’re [analyzing social behaviors in networking, creating websites that help English-learners find information about UW resources, studying the role of libraries in developing nations, etc.].”

An Informatics student might say…

“My degree is preparing me for a job where I design and build technology that makes information more accessible.”

“Informatics is an interdisciplinary program that dives into areas like computer science, sociology, design, and information management. I’m pursuing the human-computer interaction concentration with the hope of finding a career that lets me work on improving the usability of tech products.”

From former Program Chair Scott Barker and former iSchool Dean Mike Eisenberg:

“Informatics is a high-tech, high-touch field that uses information and technology (computers, devices, the internet) to make things better — at work, in society, and individuals’ lives.”

An MSIM student might say…

“My master’s degree is in information management, where we cover key areas like leadership, professionalism, information technology, ethics and policy, and problem solving. My specific focus is in [business intelligence, data science, user experience, etc.], which involves studying…”

“I’m studying information management and specializing in data science coursework. Data scientists use the scientific method to create meaning from data. Have you ever been shopping on Amazon and noticed the ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’ section? The website automatically makes these suggestions based of the findings of data scientists who have studied customers’ buying behaviors.”

From a former MSIM student:

“My degree will help enable me to be armed with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to work in technology management and consulting.”

An MLIS student might say…

“I want to be a librarian, and my program helps me develop the requisite skills and obtain the necessary accreditation.”

“My degree focuses on the ways people create, capture, change, and share information. We take classes focusing on the ways we do this with both physical and non-physical information in user-friendly and inclusive ways.”

“In class, we look at the ways people analyze, classify, and protect information. In the real world, these concepts apply to things like organizing websites, smartphone apps, databases, and collections of books or artifacts.”

A PhD student might say…

“My PhD is in information science, where I study human involvement with information, and the social and technological implications. My specific research area focuses on…”

From a current PhD student:

“I often start by saying that we are very interdisciplinary. ‘We have humanists, social scientists, scientists, engineers, designers, etc.’ Giving examples of research projects has helped a lot. And I admit to using the ‘We look at just about anything, with an information lens’ line.”

We’re also curious to hear from you — have you found a way to explain your degree that’s particularly effective? Let us know via email (!

Upcoming Events

iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers

  • Jan 13: Accenture 2020 U.S. Innovation Challenge

The Accenture Innovation Challenge (AIC) is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain hands-on consulting experience, make a positive impact in the community, and earn a summer internship with Accenture!

Key Dates
Application deadline: January 13, 2020
Round 1:  Los Angeles CA, February 21st, 2020
Round 2 (virtual): early to mid-March 2020
Round 3 (in-person, NYC): late March 2020

  • Jan 17: iSchool Research Blitz; 9 – 11pm, Odegaard 220    
  • Jan 23: Lululemon Tech Office Tour; 9:30 – 12:30pm, Lululemon Office

    Join us on a company tour to the Lululemon Tech Office in downtown Seattle where we will be given a tour + panel by the Lululemon tech team, and they graciously offered to provide lunch!
    This trip will happen in a small group of up to 20 people so please fill out this interest form early!

UW Career Workshops and Employer Events

Other Events

Positions for Consideration

  • Technology Assurance, KPMG Seattle; Apply
  • Cyber Security – Transformation, KPMG Seattle; Apply
  • Summer 2020 Intern – Technical Program Manager, Salesforce; Handshake
  • Research Librarian – Computer Sciences and Data Literacy, Pacific Northwest National Library; iCareers ID 10108
  • Civic Digital Fellowship, Coding it Forward; iCareers ID 10005
  • DFW in Art and Artifact Collection Librarianship, Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation; iCareers ID 10078

Questions or feedback? Contact us at | iCareers

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