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The World to Work Program

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The FIUTS World to Work Program, which takes place every Spring, offers students from around the world an opportunity to see local workplaces, meet professionals, and learn about institutional culture in the U.S.

World to Work Week 2014 includes the following upcoming opportunities:

Workshops, Presentations & Panel Discussions

Social & Business Networking 101

Monday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 PM, HUB 145

“Super-currency banker” Fortunato Vega will be teaching participants how to network effectively to get that dream opportunity. This workshop will include information about how to feel confident when introducing yourself to new people, what to do when you meet someone you'd like to be connected with professionally, and how to use social media to connect with professionals in your field. This event is free and no registration is required.

Professional Networking Reception

Monday, April 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, HUB 250

Refreshments will be served, so come along to network with local professionals and who knows? Maybe you could meet someone that can help you get your dream job or internship. This event is free but students must register in advance at the FIUTS office in HUB 206. Please dress professionally!

Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

Tuesday, April 22, 2:00-3:00 PM, HUB 214

Learn how to write an American-style resume and cover letter. During this workshop, participants will look at examples of resumes and cover letters to see what to do when you're applying for a job (and what not to do!) and gain an understanding of how your resume and cover letter are viewed from the employers perspective. Join us and learn how to compose a resume that reflects your greatest strengths and talents and explore different resume formats. This event is free and no registration is required! Presenters are from the UW Career Center.

Interviewing 101

Tuesday, April 22, 3:30-4:30 PM, HUB 214

Learn how to prepare for and conduct interviews that get the job offer! This workshop addresses general preparation, researching companies, what to expect, and answering behavior-based and other tough, important interview questions. Leave feeling prepared to take on the interview. This event is free and no registration is required! Presenters are from the UW Career Center

Employment for International Students: How to Get Work Authorization in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 23, 2:30-3:30 PM, HUB 337

This workshop will help F-1 and J-1 status international students learn what kind of employment is allowed and how to prepare for a job search in the U.S. Staff from International Student Services (ISS) will provide an overview of the employment regulations specific to F-1/J-1 status. Bring your questions! This event is free and no registration is required! Presenter: David Gerry, International Student Services

Facilitator Workshop

Thursday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 PM, HUB 340

This workshop is for FIUTS facilitators who are looking for tips and advice on how to leverage your experience with FIUTS while looking for a job. Learn how to describe your facilitator role on your resume in a way that will help potential employers to understand what great leadership experience you can bring to their company or organization! This event is free and no registration is required! Presenter: Brianna Mercker, FIUTS Manager of Student Programs

The Job Search Process: A Panel of International Alumni Share Their Experiences

Thursday, April 24, 6:00-7:00 PM, Mary Gates Hall 271

University of Washington international alumni will join a panel discussion about their challenges and successes finding jobs in the U.S. Panelists are from six different countries and have experience in the fields of law, nonprofit sector, marketing, technology, and more, so come and bring your questions!


Tour of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Thursday, April 17, 2:15-5:00 PM

Meet at Burke Museum Café at 2:15 PM

Learn about the history of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, see the main campus facilities, and find out how their scientific breakthroughs have led to thousands of lives being saved worldwide. The group will meet at 2:30 PM at the Burke Museum to travel together to the Fred Hutchinson campus; the tour starts at 3:15 PM and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. This event is free but students must sign up in advance in the FIUTS office in HUB 206. Space is limited.

Tour of Starbucks Headquarters

Friday, April 18, 2:15-5:30 PM

Meet at Burke Museum Café at 2:15 PM

Join a small group of students to tour the headquarters of one of Seattle’s most well-known local businesses! This event is free, but space is limited, and students must sign up in the FIUTS office (HUB 206). The group will meet at 2:30 PM at the Burke Museum and travel together by bus to Starbucks Headquarters. The tour will last one hour.

Tour of Cascade Recycling Center

Thursday, April 24, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Meet at Burke Museum Café at 1:00 PM

People in Seattle love to recycle. But have you ever wondered where all those bottles and cans go? Join FIUTS for a tour of the Cascade Recycling Center, one of Waste Management's huge facilities that processes recyclable goods in the region. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required for safety. Free, but space is limited - must sign up in the FIUTS office (HUB 206). Signup begins April 7.

Boeing Tour

Sunday, April 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Meet at the Burke Museum Café at 11:00 AM

Take a tour of the world’s largest building and visit the Future of Flight Aviation Center! Sign up in the FIUTS office (HUB 206). Cost is $40. No personal items are allowed on the tour. These items include: purses, backpacks, fanny-packs, cameras, binoculars, cell phones, etc.  You can keep personal items on the bus or students can purchase lockers at Future of Flight for a small fee. Tours are 90 min; conducted in English.

One-On-One Professional Meetings

World to Work includes an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one or in small groups with local professionals in their fields of interest for job shadowing, workplace visits, or informational interviews. To apply to be connected with a volunteer mentor for a one-time meeting, fill out the application hereThe application deadline has been extended until April 23 for students interested in the following fields:


Public relations


Medical research

Forestry/environmental management

Office administration


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