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The College of Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for an Internship Coordinator for STARS.
This position is responsible for the career and internship activities of the Washington STate Academic Redshirt (STARS) Program. The STARS program is a College of Engineering retention program targeting students from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds. Students enter the program as freshmen and remain active program participants through the end of their second year and then to a lesser extent through graduation. The coordinator will provide individualized career counseling to students on a one-to-one basis as well as plan, coordinate, and teach/facilitate a number of career-based workshops and seminars.
One of the complex components of this position is preparing STARS students for internships during college and jobs post-graduation. Our students come from a diverse variety of backgrounds, most of which leave them unprepared to compete in today’s competitive engineering job market. Our students also need to learn how to present themselves both on paper and in person. Workshops, seminars, and one-to-one strategies will need to be developed to convey effective strategies and information for a variety of situations and students. Additionally, this post will need to keep up relationships with a number of internal and external partners, as well as organize a number of events through the year, requiring high-level organization and communication skills.
STARS is a highly visible CoE program at UW. Profiles of STARS have appeared in the Seattle Times, CoE TREND, ASEE Prism, Trends & Issues in Higher Education and on the front page of the CoE and UW Websites. STARS is also visible externally and has been supported by over $2M from the National Science Foundation, a $2.1 million grant from WSOS, and numerous gifts from individual and corporate donors. In 2019, STARS received $500k a year in permanent funding from the State of Washington.
STUDENT ADVISING •Under general supervision of the Director of STARS, advises STARS students and alumni concerning internships and career readiness; advising topics may include how to find an internship, career planning, job search skills, and interview preparation •Schedules, conducts, and documents one-on-one career coaching and advising; including individualized pre- and post- internship check-ins •Guides and advises students in identifying how interests, skills, values and strengths relate to internship and career satisfaction and choice •Serves as advocate for students/graduates in the internship and job search process, including salary negotiation •In pre-internship appointments advises students on registration policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to enrolling in ENGR 321 (course credit for internship) and ensures advisees consult with financial aid around taking this course; when necessary advocates for students with the financial aid office •Conduct post-internship surveys and meets with each student to discuss securing next internship and/or beginning the job search process and registration (will secure--from STARS counselor or department adviser-- confirmation that student remains on track for graduation) •Respond to inquiries about the STARS internship program via email, phone, and in-person meetings •Resolve problems and respond to inquiries regarding individual student cases, while maintaining complete confidentiality •Verify student status and approve applications to participate in the STARS internship program based on eligibility requirements •Coordinate with the Career Center @ Engineering for best practices in job search advice and handouts including resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills •The Internship Coordinator collaborates with the STARS Counselor to assist in addressing any obstacles (personal, academic, professional) to career success that students may be experiencing
CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS & EVENTS •In consultation with the STARS Director, develop and implement a strategic plan for the STARS Internship program, including the development of goals and programs to support career and professional development that align with industry standards and best practices and is within the framework of the STARS program’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion •Coordinate with UW Engineering Advancement, the Career Center @ Engineering, and the STARS Counselor to plan, organize, and implement the STARS Career Success Certificate (a one-credit course in the fall quarter taught by the STARS Internship Coordinator for STARS students in their second year) •Create, design and implement career development workshops specific to STARS students (e.g. searching for research and internship opportunities; securing and starting your first job; navigating career fairs and professional conferences) •Position requires exceptional political sensitivity, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively across and outside the organization at all levels in a collaborative manner •Coordinate and present at quarterly events including STARS student workshops and seminars •Coordinate all logistics and advertising for the quarterly returning STARS student poster symposium •Assist students in preparing for internship fairs and attend annual career fairs as needed
EMPLOYER RELATIONS •Work with Corporate & Foundation Relations to build relationships with companies interested in hiring STARS students, with an emphasis on companies headquartered in Washington State •Promote employer events to students •Coordinate student-employer events •Work with UW Engineering Corporate and Foundation Relations on sponsorships for STARS internship program •Work with companies employing STARS students to smooth the process and help set expectations
MARKETING AND PUBLICATIONS •Send periodic emails to STARS students advertising internship job opportunities, resources available to students, and career-related events and opportunities •Update all STARS internship handouts and publications •Organize STARS student panels for fundraising and other special events
PROGRAM SUPPORT •Assist in conducting assessment activities to facilitate the continuous improvement of services •Participating in retention activities and events •Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s degree •At least three years of student counseling, teaching, or related experience •Strong organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills in both written and verbal communications •Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with constant student contact and interruptions •Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures •Ability to work both independently and as part of a team •Proven ability to effectively build collaborative relationships both across and outside of the organization •Experience creating and leading workshops •Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint software •Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional evenings and weekends.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Master’s degree in counseling or related field •Project or Program management experience •Experience with databases such as Microsoft Access and interest in learning new technologies •Knowledge and experience with University of Washington policies and regulations relating to academics and curriculum •Previous experience in career services
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