ICF Tip #5 – What if I’m NOT Looking for a Job/Internship/DFW?


What if I’m NOT Looking for a Job/Internship/DFW?

You should still attend the fair! Go to learn more about what jobs are available and what employers are looking for in candidates.  Use it as a networking opportunity for when you are actually looking for a job. You still need to do your research and be prepared. The difference is that your job is to gather career information, not get a job.   Continue reading

ICF Tip #3 – Have a Career Fair Strategy


Have a Career Fair Strategy

Use your time at the fair wisely. Go in with a plan. What do you want to accomplish at the fair? Which employers do you want to speak with? Identify your top 5-7 employers. If you have a few hours to spare, go to the lowest priority employers first so that you can “warm-up” and test-out your elevator pitch with them. If you have limited time, go to the high priority employers since lines tend to get long at career fairs.

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ICF Tip #2 – Get Your Resume in Shape


Get Your Resume in Shape

Make sure you’ve updated it with recent internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, and leadership roles.  Need help getting that done? Pop by for iSchool Career Drop-in hours, make an appointment with an iSchool Career Advisor, or come to ICF Resume Review day on January 24th, 12:00-1:30 in OUGL 220. The UW Career Center has a number of resume workshops as well https://careers.uw.edu/events/student/?ctag%5B%5D=workshops. Need a resume template?  There’s a few on the iSchool website at https://ischool.uw.edu/current/career-services/resume.

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Events: UW Study Abroad Fair on November 8th


The UW Study Abroad Fair is only 3 weeks away! Join us on Tuesday, November 8th from 10:00-2:00 in the HUB Ballroom to learn more about the wide array of study and international internship opportunities, attend information sessions and connect with study abroad alumni. With over 500 program offerings in 75 countries, financial aid and scholarships available, and programs that occur anywhere from 10 days to a full year, there is no excuse not to study abroad. The time is now – don’t miss out!

For more information on the event, please see the event flyer and visit www.washington.edu/studyabroad and the UW Study Abroad Fair Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1112952028766269/

CAREER: MLIS Students, Directed Fieldwork: is it for you?

If you want a chance to apply some of what you’ve learned in your courses, with hands-on experience, then YES.

If you want to network with professionals, then YES.

If you’re thinking ahead about Capstone, then YES.

If you have little or no experience in a library or information setting, then YES.

There are a number of great DFW opportunities this fall, which are already posted in iCareers. Some options for those of you in the Seattle area include:

  • Creating an audio archive at KUOW (hint: the plan is for this to be a DFW that morphs into a Capstone!)
  •  TAing for underserved students in a community college information literacy course (gain some teaching experience!)
  • Researching and compiling open educational resources for undergraduate engineering curriculum (many job ads for academic libraries now ask for OER experience)
  • Cataloging for the Seattle Opera (who doesn’t love the opera?)

If you’re online or not close to Seattle, don’t feel left out! There are current postings for opportunities in Maryland, Oregon, and elsewhere in Washington State. We can also work with you to create a fieldwork opportunity close to home; this summer we had students complete DFWs in Colorado, Michigan, and British Columbia. There are also DFWs that can be done completely online. Recent online-only DFWs include:

  • Creating metadata for digitized Supreme Court cases for the Law Library of Congress
  • Creating outreach programs for the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Resource Center
  • Cataloging for the Button Museum in Chicago

Having fieldwork on your transcripts assures potential employers that you’ve had successful, measurable experience with solid learning outcomes, along with evaluation and feedback from information professionals and faculty. The same can’t be said for many volunteer positions.

The deadline to have your paperwork in for a Fall 2016 DFW is September 12. You can visit Canvas for full directions for the DFW process, https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/961094/pages/how-do-i-set-up-a-directed-fieldwork.

Student Services and I are glad to answer questions or help you create a fieldwork opportunity for fall or later quarters. Just ask!

-Helene Williams, Sr. Lecturer

iSchool Career Newsletter, 5/18/2016

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Making Your Internship Successful

With the close of the year bringing finals, projects, convocation, and capstone, it can be easy to keep your mind off what is next. Many of you will be entering the workforce and could be starting your very first internship or DFW. This week, we’ve compiled some suggestions for how to make your internship successful.

Preliminary research. Learn as much as you can about your new company before your first day. Research their mission, vision, “about us” section, and any recent articles that may be reported in the news. Follow their Twitter feed or blog (if they have one). This will help you acclimate to your new role quicker than other interns.

Track your learning. Within the first weeks, sit down with your manager to establish some learning goals and discuss what you would like to accomplish. Come to this meeting prepared with some suggestions but also be open to what your manager recommends. Important- make sure to track any learning, objectives, and milestones you have achieved. Not only is this good to share with your manager, but it will help you formulate your resume and LinkedIn (and possibly your online portfolio). You don’t want to be putting your resume together a few months down the road and forget important accomplishments from your internship.

You may also lose access to some of information you had as an intern (ex: data on how many views the webpage you developed received, how many accounts you migrated to a new ERP system, the number of artifacts and images you cataloged). These are things you can only track while you are still an intern. Make sure whatever you are listing on your resume/LinkedIn/portfolio doesn’t violate a NDA you may have signed with this organization.

Do your job well. Okay this one may seem obvious but it is extremely important. Take pride and ownership in whatever you are working on. If this is your first internship or DFW, it is absolutely essential to perform well. Even if you don’t enjoy this position, you will want to make sure you have established good rapport and references as these will be asked for in your future job searches.

Take initiative. Volunteering to take on additional tasks or projects is a great way to stand out. This could be anything from a small administrative task that needs to get taken care of, to a large project that is outside of your normal job duties. Not only will this help you get recognized, it may help you connect and demonstrate your ability to other employees you wouldn’t normally interact with.

What if your internship is boring? Unfortunately, this can happen from time to time when the internship doesn’t live up to what you were hoping. It’s important to still do the job well- remember this manager might be a key reference for you when you look for your next job. Luckily internships usually have a defined start and end date, so this won’t be forever. If you are not developing the skills you were hoping, what else can you do to get something out of the internship?

  • Network– reach out to other people at the company to learn about their unit/role. Offer to treat them to coffee or grab a lunch with them. See if you can also sit-in on meetings with employees that are not within the same unit as you to learn more about the company as a whole.
  • Take initiative– (more on this above). Are there extra projects you can take on from your manager? What about from other people in the office? Anything you see that needs improvement?
  • Professional development– This will vary heavily by company. Some employers offer trainings and classes at no cost to their interns. One student I chatted with last summer worked at a large tech company that allowed her to take classes on analytics and big data technologies on site.

For even more information on this, check out Alycia’s presentation “Making the Most of Your Internship/DFW”. It will be held in BLD 070 this Thursday (5/19) from 12:30-1:20.

-Dean Kirkpatrick


“PwC’s Careers Site for Students: Making the Most of Your Internship.” PwC. http://www.pwc.com/us/en/careers/campus/internships/make-the-most-of-your-internship.html

Srivastava, Sonal. “Guest Blogger: How to Make the Most of Your Internship.” UW ISchool Office of Student Services Blog. 15 Jan. 2016.https://uwioss.com/2016/01/15/guest-blogger-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-internship/


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