University of Washington

Employer Frequently Asked Questions

I have an opportunity I think might be of interest to Jackson School students. How do can we get the information to them?

We’re happy to promote your organization’s job and internship opportunities to our students through our departmental mailing lists, social media groups, weekly newsletter, and/or departmental bulletin board. If you are looking to reach out to students at the Jackson School, please contact us and we will be able to advise you on the best way to proceed.

What information do you need to promote an opportunity to students?

A link that students can use to find out more about both the position and your organization is the most widely used format for information, but a formatted word doc or PDF file will be useful for increasing visibility among students as well.

In general, where appropriate we recommend including a brief description of the position duties, how that position fits into the organization, what the basic/ preferred qualifications for the position are, how students can apply, and the application deadline.

We’re recruiting. Could you send along resumes for some students who you think might be a good fit without putting it out to a wider audience?

As a policy, the Jackson School office of Career & Professional Development works to ensure that all students have fair and equal access to our services and information. This means that we are unable to act as a referral source for one student over another, as it would introduce personal bias into the equation – this runs contrary to NACE principles for professional practice which our office subscribes to.

Are on-campus interviews an option?

Certainly! Interviewing on campus is an easy and convenient way to recruit talented Jackson School students and alumni for internships and professional career positions. The best way to arrange on-campus interviews with students is through the University of Washington Career Center and submit your request.

How can I schedule an information session to present our organization to your students?

Info sessions and workshops are one of the most powerful ways you can increase your visibility among our students, build your brand on campus, and recruit for the future. Hosting an info session at the Jackson School also allows you to put a face on your recruiting process, refine your applicant base and address frequently asked questions.

We are happy to help organizations host info sessions at the Jackson School throughout the year, but the best times are when school is in session, avoiding the first week of each quarter (students are still adjusting to their new schedules) and finals week. For full information, please see the UW academic calendar for instruction dates.

Once you’ve decided when you’d like to have your info session, please contact us and we will do our best to reserve a space for you. Our conference spaces are heavily used, so we recommend choosing a date with at least 4 weeks of lead time. It also helps if you are flexible in when you can visit campus.

The Jackson School is equal access to all organizations, and does not charge any sort of fee for hosting an information session.

What is your position on paid vs. unpaid internships?

Our office recognizes that experience through which our students can apply their academic experiences in a professional setting are a vital component of education. While we prefer that our students be fairly compensated for the work that they do, we recognize that this is not always possible for smaller organizations who have the ability to give our students substantive experience but lack the budgets to institute a paid internship program.

In general, our primary concern will always be the welfare and development of our students; as such the Jackson School’s position that to be fairly considered as an internship, the experience should be for the benefit of the student, that students not be used to replace regular employees, and that students receive appropriate supervision and feedback during the course of their work. An internship should be a learning experience, not simply an operational work experience that happens to be conducted by a student.

This position is outlined by both the NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) position statement on US Internships and the US Department of Labor. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.

What are your expectations and policies relating to employers?

The Jackson School office of Career & Professional Development seeks to adhere to the NACE principles of professional practice (outlined here) – this provides a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing, and selection techniques that protect student interests and ethical industry practices. The basic precepts are:

  • Maintain an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose to optimize their talents and meet their personal objectives;
  • Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable;
  • Support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.

This includes, but is not limited to, ethical approaches to equal opportunities employment, protection of confidential student data, and an adherence to state and federal labor law standards.

Where are you located?

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies is based in Thomson hall on the University of Washington campus. A full map is available here.

The Office of Career & Professional Development can be found on the first floor, in room 124. We look forward to seeing you!