Career Newsletter, 4/1/20

Welcome to Spring

Happy start of Spring quarter. For the first time since July, the Career Services team is fully staffed!

We are thrilled to welcome Bev Chan (they/them) as our new program coordinator. As a first-gen grad of color, Bev’s passion for student self-determination is personally founded and empathetically informed. Bev has worked primarily with community-based organizations such as College Access Now (now College Possible), and public high schools, managing programs that empower all students to access a meaningful degree and career. In their spare time, Bev is passionate about storytelling, podcasts, film, and art. They also enjoy volunteering with youth and giving back to my community, trying new recipes, and taking walks in the UW Arboretum. Welcome Bev!

We know there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty when it comes to jobs and internships. While some companies do have hiring freezes or have cancelled internship programs, 70% of employers surveyed said they intend to move forward their internships as planned. We’ve heard from companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix that they are still actively hiring. The UW Career and Internship Center has put together a very comprehensive COVID-19 & Career Student FAQ page and we encourage you to check it out for more information!

Food for Thought

We’re adding a new section to the career newsletter featuring short career articles and videos for you to check out. This week, our theme is staying on track with your job search. These articles by the Balance Careers and the Muse have some great suggestions for how to handle a job search during a pandemic and strategies for moving yourself forward in a time of uncertainty. Don’t forget about our Job Search Tracker to keep you organized.  

Small Group Career Coaching and Workshops

Each week we will be offering small group coaching sessions on a variety of career topics. These will be informal hangouts to learn career strategies, ask a career adviser questions, and connect with your fellow iSchool students. We also have several workshops and alumni panels planned. Here’s what’s coming up the next few weeks:

Staying On Track With Your Job Search
April 2nd from 4-5pm

How to Rock an Online Interview
April 7th from 4-5pm

Finding a Job in Uncertain Times
April 8th from 12:30-1:30pm

How to Network While Social Distancing
April 16th from 12:30-1:30pm

Online Drop-Ins

Julie and Caitlin are offering online drop-ins through Zoom! These will be 15 minute appointments perfect for resume feedback or quick advice. Tuesdays from 12-2pm with Julie, Wednesdays from 2-4pm with Caitlin (Zoom links in iCareers).

Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Profile, and Portfolio Reviews

Want some feedback on your application materials and professional social media presence? Email your materials or links to icareers@uw.edu and one of the career services team members will provide detailed feedback within 3 business days.


Snoopy Pic of the Week!

Snoopy is starting Spring quarter working from home.


Positions for Consideration

Check out the Mozilla Fix the Internet Spring MVP Lab – a funded opportunity to build an idea into a minimum viable product (MVP) in eight weeks. At the end of eight weeks, there are additional monetary awards for the most promising MVPs, and an invitation into the Mozilla Fix-the-Internet Incubator Summer Startup Studio. Compensation will be competitive with tech company internships and summer programs.

We hope that this Spring MVP Lab can be an outlet for students, faculty, and builders who are looking to channel their energy and tech prowess to solve some of our most pressing problems today. This lab idea started before our current COVID-19 pandemic, and in light of our current events, we anticipate some submissions centered around COVID-19 and its impacts on society.

Students, faculty, builders, and entrepreneurs invited to apply with their ideas to make the internet work better, in six specific focus areas. A few more details: 

  • 8 week program that starts April 15
  • $2,500 to each individual accepted into the program (we’re mostly expecting people to apply in teams of 2-4)
  • $25,000 prize for the team that produces the best MVP during the program

This is part of a multi-year, $200m program at Mozilla to invest in new ideas to help the internet work better. Applications are open now.


The Aspen Tech Policy Hub, a Bay Area based tech policy incubator, is now accepting applications from experienced technologists for projects that will help mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Example projects to be funded might include providing best practices on mitigating cybersecurity risks while small businesses are shut, using emerging technologies such as virtual reality to mitigate effects of social isolation or providing data analysis of real-time COVID-19 information to help health care workers.

Winning teams will be allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projects. For more –information, and to apply, please see https://www.aspentechpolicyhub.org/covid-19-challenge-grant/


  • Information Architect Intern, DocuSign, Handshake
  • Information Technology Marketing Technologist, P&G, Handshake
  • Associate Product Manager, FormSwift, Handshake
  • Information Systems Officer, Global Partnerships, iCareers ID 10496
  • The Data Incubator Fellowship Program, The Data Incubator, iCareers ID 10475
  • Research & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College, iCareers ID 10462
  • Data Scientist, American Credit Acceptance, iCareers ID 10485
  • Nighttime and Weekend Librarian, Oregon Institute of Technology, IOSS Blog
  • Acquisitions/E-Resources Faculty Librarian, University of Central Missouri, IOSS Blog

Questions or feedback? Contact us at icareers@uw.edu | iCareers

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