AN UPDATE FROM iSCHOOL CAREER SERVICES:
During this time of uncertainty, one of the best things you can do is to focus on the things you can control. That includes updating your resume and LinkedIn profile, networking through virtual conversations with iSchool alumni, attending virtual career events, and practicing your interviewing skills. The iSchool Career Services team is here to support you with all of that.
How will this situation affect my internship or job offer? (3/25/20)
As you can imagine, employers are dealing with a lot of uncertainties themselves, but they will contact you as there are updates. A national survey of employers with 270 responses indicated that 85% of employers intended to continue with their internships as planned.
Anecdotally, we’ve heard that local employers have a range of plans – some are moving their new interns and employees to remote work, some are postponing start dates, and some are canceling internships. The UW Career and Internship Center has a comprehensive COVID-19 & Career Student FAQ page and we recommend reading through it to find answers to many of your questions.
If you have additional questions or concerns, schedule a 1:1 appointment with the Career Services team via iCareers or come to a virtual drop-in (Tuesdays from noon-2 p.m. PT and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. PT), or attend one of our upcoming small group sessions or workshops.
I’m concerned that the new restrictions will make it harder to get a job after graduation. How can Career Services support me through the coming months? (3/25/20)
Career Services will be offering weekly online small group career coaching sessions and workshops to address questions such as how to network when you have to social distance, how to stay focused on the job search in uncertain times, and how to prepare for online interviews. Log in to iCareers to view the full calendar of small group coaching sessions and workshops, to make a 1:1 career advising appointment, and to access Zoom links for the virtual drop-ins happening on Tuesdays from noon-2 p.m. PT and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. PT.
* * *
The career search is a multi-phase process that is not necessarily linear. With proper preparation, you'll be able to face and overcome the challenges you might encounter along the way. The Career Services team offers one-on-one advising, help with general job search strategies and specific opportunities, resume and cover letter workshops, interview advice and practice, and more.
The iSchool provides 1-on-1 career services for current iSchool students (undergraduate majors and graduate students) and recent grads (up to one quarter after graduation). INFO minors and iSchool alumni (up to two years after graduation) are welcome to schedule an advising appointment at the UW Career & Internship Center.
iSchool Career Services
Drop-in hours and scheduled appointments take place online through Zoom. You can schedule a 1:1 appointment with the Career Services team via iCareers.
Visit us during drop-in hours
Tuesdays from 12-2 p.m. PT and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. PT (Zoom links available in iCareers).
See the Advising & Support page for current drop-in hours.
Make an appointment with Career Services staff
- Log in to iCareers
- Click “Calendar” on the left-hand side of the page and then click “Counseling Appt.”
- Select “Request New Appointment,” which shows in a purple box at the bottom of the page
- Select the type of advising you are looking for, as well as a date range and time, and then click “Check Availability”
- Find an available time slot and click on the advisor’s name next to that time
- Complete the final page that pops up and click “Submit Request”
- PLEASE NOTE: Evening hour slots are reserved for online, part-time, or mid-career students who wish to meet virtually.
Email us with quick questions
Have a quick question or want your resume reviewed? Email us at iCareers@uw.edu.
Learn about opportunities in iCareers
In addition to career advising, you can take advantage of our online service, iCareers. iCareers is dedicated solely to iSchool students and alumni, and is the place to go to find the latest internship and job opportunities posted by our partners, as well as events being put on by the iSchool Career Services team.
Note: Newly admitted students should not request access to iCareers. All new students will be enrolled and have access in early September.
The UW Career & Internship Center is located in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) 134, which is accessible through the MGH Commons (first floor). The center offers a number of year-round services to students and alumni:
- Receive resume advice or other quick tips during a 15-minute walk-in appointment.
- Schedule a personal appointment or a mock interview with a counselor by scheduling online.
- Check the calendar for events such as information sessions, career fairs, and resume and portfolio workshops.
- Search for job and internship opportunities for all UW students on UW Handshake.