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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.


Calendar of Events: May 4-12, 2017

All events are free and open to all students


Wednesday May 3, 2017

Cover Letters for International Students

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4pm
134 MGH

Cover letters are a commonly used tool in the U.S. job and internship process. This written document tells the employer and others what makes you a good fit for a particular job or opportunity. This workshop explains the main components of a cover letter, how it is used, and introduces you to the skill of targeting your cover letter for specific positions.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center


Thursday May 4, 2017

U.S. Job Search for International Students

Thursday 3:30pm - 4pm
134 MGH

Are you an international student who wants to work in the U.S. after graduation?  Curious about what U.S. employers value? Are you not sure how OPT impacts your job search? This workshop helps you identify key components of the U.S. job search, the skills & strengths employers look for, ways to find and secure a job in the U.S., and gives you tips on how to talk about OPT with an employer.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Seminar

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30 pm
134 MGH

Are you interested in obtaining permission to work off campus in a job related to your degree? Learn about Optional Practical Training (OPT), a form of work/training authorization for current F-1 students and students who will graduate soon. Come and learn who qualifies for OPT as well as how and when to apply. Please review the OPT information and come with questions.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS SESSION

Presented by UW International Student Services (ISS)


Friday May 5, 2017

Getting Started: Interviews

Friday 3:30pm - 4pm
134 MGH

Interviews can be scary—especially when they include questions like the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” This workshop addresses general preparation, researching companies, what to expect, and answering behavior-based and other tough, important interview questions.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center


Monday May 8, 2017

Workplace Tour: Avalara, Inc

Registration required at FIUTS office

Monday 2:15pm – 4:30pm
Meet outside FIUTS office

Avalara, Inc. is a cloud-based software platform provider that delivers a broad array of tax and compliance solutions in the US, India, EU, Brazil, and other countries totaling 193 in all.  Our mission is to help businesses of all sizes achieve tax compliance by delivering comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are fast, accurate, and easy to use.  We employ a wide variety of employees with varying backgrounds including software engineers, product managers, infrastructure and operations engineers, software testers, finance/treasury/accounting, sales, marketing, business development, tax lawyers, and tax consultants.  Any student with an interest in software, startups, and rapidly growing international business is encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Please register at the FIUTS office HUB 206 beginning May 1.

Exploring: International Careers
Monday 3:30pm - 4pm

134 MGH

Thinking about jobs, internships or careers that are outside of the U.S. or have a global focus?  Attend this workshop and learn about many ways to build “international” into your future.  Some experiences are right here in Seattle!  Many are in other major U.S. cities and definitely found abroad as well.  It’s never too early to begin building your global experience.   Come with ideas on what’s interesting to you or no ideas as well – all are welcome!

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center


FIUTS in Tech – Alumni at Jet Propulsion Laboratory Skype Call

(Registration encouraged at the FIUTS office)

Monday 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

FIUTS Office

Do you have an interest in aerospace or tech? Take the opportunity for a video call with an alumni who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and another that used to work at JPL and now is startup hopping among a number of exciting tech startups. Great, personalized way to ask questions! Any students interested in aeronautics, physics, or technology are encouraged to attend! Space is limited. Please register at the FIUTS office HUB 206 beginning May 1.


Tuesday May 9, 2017

Getting Started: LinkedIn

Tuesday 3:30pm - 4pm
134 MGH

Not sure where to start with LinkedIn? We’ll cover how to set up a basic profile and get started connecting with friends, colleagues and professionals.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center


Wednesday May 10, 2017

Talking about Your Strengths Lab for International Students

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:20pm
134 MGH

Can you answer the question “What are your strengths?”  Knowing your strengths can guide your decisions about majors/careers and gives employers and others the information they need to see you as fit for a specific job or opportunity. This lab describes the role of strengths in U.S. culture and career related decision making, help you identify personal strengths, and give you strategies for sharing your strengths.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center

Info for students: Global Health Career Resource and Info Fair

Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Mary Gates Hall Commons

This fair is geared towards UW undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are interested in future careers in global health. The objective is to expose a diverse population of UW students to a broad range of organizations, working both locally and globally, to improve the health of underserved communities. We also want attendees to become familiar with the specific hiring processes and desired skills organizations seek in potential employees. Please note that this is not necessarily a job fair, but an event for students to gain an understanding of the skills they need and the types of jobs that may be available to them post-graduation.

For more information, contact:
Shannela Amaraweera
The Department of Global Health

Presented by UW Department of Global Health

Social & Business Networking Workshop 101: How to develop meaningful relationships with professionals to help launch and advance your career

Registration strongly encouraged at FIUTS office

Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm

Alder 107

You’ve heard how important networking is to getting your dream job or internship. Want to learn these networking skills and practice them on the same night? This workshop will include information about how to feel confident when you introduce 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. Dress professionally and plan to come to the Professional Networking Reception right afterwards to practice your new skills!


Professional Networking Reception

Registration strongly encouraged at FIUTS office

Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm,

Kane Hall (Walker-Ames Room)

Here’s a chance to practice your social and business networking skills on local professionals—and who knows, maybe you will meet someone who will help you find your dream job or internship. Join us for a networking reception with local professionals for an evening of wine, food, and networking! Please dress professionally. Open to all students and community members. Registration for students at the FIUTS office (HUB 206)  STRONGLY encouraged starting April 26. Local professionals please RSVP HERE.



Thursday May 11, 2017

Workplace Tour: Gates Foundation (Registration required at the FIUTS office)

10:00 am to 12:30 pm,

Meet at FIUTS office

Take a guided tour of the Gates Foundation and chat with a FIUTS Board of Trustees member about what it takes and what it is like to work in the largest private foundation in the world. The mission of the Gates Foundation is to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty globally, and to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology in the United States. Any students interested in philanthropy, global health, biotech/pharma, public policy, international relations, and/or education are encouraged to attend! Space is limited. Please register at the FIUTS office HUB 206 beginning May 1.


Friday May 12, 2017

Workplace Tour: Microsoft Corporation (Registration required at FIUTS office)
Friday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at the George Washington Statue

Visit the Microsoft Visitor’s Center, walk around campus, and have the opportunity for a Q&A with two members of the FIUTS community who work at Microsoft! Learn about day-to day work life in this great opportunity to learn more about one of the most influential tech companies in the world. STEM, computer science, and engineering students are strongly encouraged to sign-up! Space is limited. Please register at the FIUTS office HUB 206 beginning May 1.

Interviewing Lab
Friday 3:30pm - 4:20pm
134 MGH

Be a standout to employers and tell them what they really want to know: how you are valuable to them! Learn how to highlight your strengths and demonstrate what you know about their company. We’ll practice answering interview questions in small groups. Please attend the ‘Interviews: Getting Started’ workshop or review the interviewing info in the Career Guide prior to attending.

Presented by UW Career and Internship Center


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