Career Newsletter, 1/15/20


The process of searching for a job or internship is long and often arduous.

That said, employers look for talent throughout the year, and many of our students secure opportunities in winter and spring quarter. Many employers even prefer to hire students/soon-to-be graduates on an ad-hoc basis, approximately one or two months before they’ll be available to work.

The job search is a process of finding the right fit, and that may take time. You shouldn’t feel discouraged by some initial setbacks, nor obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, accept the first offer that aligns with your values and priorities.

As you continue with the application process, here are a few strategies to avoid burnout:


As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, start by committing to 30 minutes of researching jobs and companies each day or a couple times a week. The next week, focus those 30 minutes on drafting your application materials and iterating. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.


As iSchool students, you know technology can make our lives more efficient. This applies to job searching, too. Whether you’re looking on iCareers, Handshake, LinkedIn, or any other job board, you can set up email alerts for job postings that include specific keywords. Websites like Handshake are also helpful in that once you upload a resume, contacts can reach out to you even before you apply for a specific opportunity (depending on the site, you may need to opt in to this feature). Note that this approach will require you to craft a more general resume, but it can save considerable time.


Keep copies of all cover letters, resumes, references (and so on) you submit, with file names that are easy for you to locate. Being able to quickly consult these in the future will save you from having to start from scratch for each new application. Don’t forget, though, that you’ll still want to do some tinkering to customize your application materials for the specific job in question.

You may also want to save copies of job descriptions. It’s possible a position may no longer be posted by the time you interview, but you’ll want to consult the JD in your preparation.


While it might not intuitively sound productive, taking time to de-stress and do something enjoyable will reenergize you, giving you increased focus when you return to the job search. Some suggestions:

  • Grab coffee with a friend
  • Take a class or play basketball at the IMA
  • Read, draw, write, take pictures
  • Explore a new part of Seattle

It doesn’t need to be for a long time — even just half an hour of leisure during an extended period of searching job listings or writing resumes can help you cultivate a more refreshed, positive outlook.

These are just a few strategies for staying motivated during application season. For more on the subject, consider this Muse article.

Upcoming Events

iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers

UW Career Workshops and Employer Events

Other Events

Positions for Consideration

How will you lead? Apply to the 2020 corps today or sign up to meet with a UW recruiter.

NEXT Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. 60,000+ alumni network

  • UDS Storage Software Engineer, Dell Technologies; Handshake
  • Data Science / Machine Learning / Statistics – Mobile App Dev, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Handshake
  • UX Design Intern, Ruby Seven Studios; iCareers ID 10142
  • Project Manager, EarthCorps; iCareers ID 10147
  • Archives Assistant, Portland Community College Library; iCareers ID 10141

Questions or feedback? Contact us at | iCareers

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

Career Newsletter, 11/25/19

Ways to Jump Start or Keep Your Career Search Momentum Over Winter Break

This will be our final Career Newsletter for Autumn quarter. That doesn’t mean you should take a break from your career search!  Winter break is actually a great time to focus on your career search without the distraction of your academic studies.  Here are some suggestions on how to continue your job/internship/DFW search moving forward.

1. Use the Holidays as an Ice Breaker

Over the next month many of you will be engaging with family, friends and event strangers. Use this to your advantage!

a.         Traveling over the break? Conversations are likely to occur with your travel mates. If the opportunity arises, be prepared with a quick intro introducing yourself as a student and the type of career you’re prepping for.

b.         Likewise, if you’re attending a social or family gathering, the question “what have you been up to?” is likely to be asked.  Have an answer ready that lets them know you are looking for an internship/job and ask them if they are aware of any opportunities.

c.         Finally, re-stablish connections with professionals in your intended field to update them on your career plans.

2. Polish (or Create) Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

a.         Worked on a great project during Autumn quarter?  Had a relevant student work experience or part time job? Add it to your resume. 

b.         Review your LinkedIn summary. Is this still accurate? What new skills, experiences, or knowledge do you have to add?  What new connections do you have to add?

3. Work on Networking

a. Schedule some informational interviews or coffee chats

b.         Set up a job shadow

4. Take Time to Catch-Up

a.         Haven’t read any of the career newsletters or listened to any of the recorded sessions?  Winter break is a good time to do that.

b.         Teach yourself a new skill.  There are numerous online resources that can help you quickly learn a new software or skill.  (examples: Code Academy, Lynda, Udacity or Creative Live)

5. Develop a Job Search Plan for Winter Quarter

a.         Create a target list of jobs, companies or employers you want to connect with and do some research on them.  Beyond Glassdoor, the UW Library provides a list of resources.  Another option is to review job announcements in iCareers or Husky Handshake.

b.         Practice/prepare for interviewing

c.         Mark your calendar for these Winter quarter iSchool Events: 

Upcoming Events


iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers

  • Jan 17: iSchool Research Blitz
  • Feb 3: iSchool Career Fair; 12:30 – 2:30pm (iSchool Student only), 2:30  – 4:30pm (all students and alumni welcome), Hub Ballroom
  • Feb 7: Library Expo; 12:30 – 2:30pm, Odegaard Library Room 220

UW Career Workshops and Employer Events

Other Events

Positions for Consideration

  • Data Analyst Summer Internship, Cisco Meraki; Handshake
  • Software Engineer Intern, DocuSign; Handshake
  • Cloud & Infrastructure Consultant, West Monroe Partners; iCareers ID 9965
  • Digital Collections Archivist, Virginia Tech; iCareers ID 9958
  • Librarian I or II, Children’s Services – Bilingual, Sonoma County Library; iCareers ID 9959

Questions or feedback? Contact us at | iCareers

Career Newsletter, 11/18/19


Happy Monday! While the iSchool is currently unable to offer career services at this time, we are hoping to resume career services by the end of this month and encourage you to make an appointment in the UW Career & Internship Center for career help – you can make an appointment by following this link. Please also see the resources below:

iSchool Career Resources

Recorded iCareers Sessions (previous workshops, presentations, and panels)

Job Interview Prep

Job Resources and Timelines

Program-Specific Canvas pages for Career: Informatics, MSIM, MLIS, PhD

iSchool Resume Checklist (Doc)

iSchool Resume & Cover Letter resources (Link to sample documents, templates, and more)

UW Career & Internship Center Resources

UW Career Guide

Resume Video Resources

Drop-in Coaching (not offered over summer)

Online resume reviews for undergrads

Schedule an Appointment

Workshop Recordings

The iSchool has past workshops recorded and posted on the iSchool Website. Check out all of the recorded sessions here.

Upcoming Events

iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers

iSchool Employers Hangouts and Info Sessions

Hangouts are informal conversations with the employer.

UW Career Workshops and Employer Events

Other Events

Positions for Consideration

  • Experience Design Intern, Document Cloud, Adobe; Handshake
  • Cloud Software Engineering Intern, HP Inc.; Handshake
  • Database & Reporting Analyst I, Panasonic; iCareers ID 9930
  • Part Time Museum Administrator, Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State; iCareers ID 9943
  • LibGuides/Research Internship, Law Library of Congress; iCareers ID 9950

Questions or feedback? Contact us at | iCareers

Career Newsletter, 10/23/19


Putting together the perfect elevator pitch is one of the first steps in organizing and communicating well about your job search. But many students have no idea where to start. What do you say? How long should it be? Should it be scripted or “on the fly”? These resources are a great starting point for getting your elevator pitch together so you’re prepared when you meet new networking contacts, are going to interviews, meet with recruiters, or share information about yourself on LinkedIn. 

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