Friday, October 15, 2010

MONDAY, OCT 18: D.C. Internships Information Sessions

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C.?

If yes, please join us for information meetings about The Washington Center Internship Program on Monday, October 18, at the following times:

12:30-1:20pm in SMI 405

3:30-4:20pm in THO 135

The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C. that is open to all UW students and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's affiliation in 1977, and many have made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the program, scholarships and the application process.

For 2011 the quarterly program cost is $5,650 and the housing cost is $3,660. In addition, students pay UW registration, transportation, and personal expenses. Students may use financial aid for this program, UW tuition is charged at a reduced rate, and students may apply for scholarships (many UW students receive scholarships of $3000).

Upcoming application deadlines are:
Spring Quarter 2011, Regular: 1/14/11
Summer Quarter 2011, Competitive*: 2/4/11, Regular: 3/11/11
Autumn Quarter 2011, Early**: 1/21/11, Competitive*: 5/2/11, Regular: 6/10/11
Spring Quarter 2012, Early**: 5/23/11, Competitive*: 10/7/11, Regular: 1/13/12
* Deadline for scholarship eligibility (Regular deadline for WA State
** See for the list of organizations that require applications by the early deadline

Note that some established internship programs, such as the Congressional Black Caucus, may require earlier application submissions than the deadlines noted above.

Regardless of your major, there is an internship position for you. If you would like to know more, please come to an information session or contact me for an appointment. Information is also available online at

Barry M Goldwater Scholarship -- Campus Deadline Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship:
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The awards will be distributed on the basis of merit. The University of Washington is eligible to nominate up to four outstanding candidates who are of sophomore or junior standing during the 2011-2012 academic year.

To be considered for campus nomination, a student must:
Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of high education during the 2011-2012 academic year. Sophomores are eligible to receive up to two years of funding.
2. Have a college grade-point average or at least a"B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee'ss intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card.
UW students must have a minimum of three quarters of research experience and a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.
Applications for this years' campus nominations are available online via the Goldwater Website. Students must submit the completed application, including essay and list of three to five faculty who are familiar with your work and you prospects and would be willing to write a letter of recommendation if you are selected. A faculty committee reviews application materials and four finalist are nominated for the national competition.

2010-2011 Campus Nomination Procedures:
Each applicant will need to submit the following:

Using the Barry Goldwater Online Application, Complete the Goldwater Application. NOTE: Do not complete the recommenders section in that it will prompt each name listed to write a letter. We do not need that information for the campus nomination application.

Using the Catalyst "Collect It' tool, please upload the following materials (Research Essay, Unofficial Transcript, List of Recomenders) labeling each using your first name, last name, item name,

Campus Deadline: Thursday, November 2, 2010, 11:45 p.m.
More information can be found at the Barry M. Goldwater website:
or at on the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards webpage:
If you have any questions about the Goldwater Scholarship, please direct questions to:
Mona Pitre-Collins,

Jobs and Co-ops with Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Longview Mill
Information Session and Hiring Event Next Week!
Hiring for Co-op Positions and 1 entry level job
Forest Club Room in 207 Anderson Hall
October 21, 2010
Pizza and refreshments served-
please RSVP by 10/19 to Joy Louie

At Weyerhaeuser, our most valued resources aren't just the trees and timberlands we oversee. Our employees are the real reason we've been in business for over 100 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of wood products in the world. Discover your career path at Weyerhaeuser!

This position is for Weyerhaeuser's Liquid Packaging Board business, which produces bleached paperboard used to make cartons and cups for liquids such as milk, juice, coffee and sake under the brand name Structure-Pak. This business produces 260,000 metric tons of paperboard each year -- the equivalent of 6 billion liter-sized milk cartons. This facility began operations in Longview, WA in 1953 and employs about 500 people.

A Manufacturing Associate is assigned to a manufacturing site for 18 to 24 months on a full time temporary basis. During that period, the Associate receives a comprehensive orientation to Weyerhaeuser and its Pulp and Paper business, performs assignments in most areas of the mill and receives training as determined by site and business mentors. Successful completion of the program normally leads to a full time regular manufacturing position within the Manufacturing Business.

These particular positions are open in the Longview, WA Liquid Packaging Mill. This is an excellent professional development opportunity. Requirements include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil/Structural, Industrial, or Chemical Engineering; Bioresource/Paper Science & Engineering; Other related disciplines. Must graduate by June, 2011.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with a technical writing capability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team environment.
  • Well developed problem solving and analytical skills.
  • High level of initiative and motivation.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.

· Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.

· Permanent right to work in the U.S.

Associate roles and responsibilities may include: Resolving a manufacturing issue by leading a mill trial (writing the trial plan, coordination, data analysis, communicating of results and report writing); Facilitating and/or leading small group problem solving activities to identify root cause of a mill problem; Participation in capital or maintenance project team; Maintaining level of preservation of mill infrastructure; Assisting mill process owners in optimizing process economics and process controls; Working with team development managers to improve team performance; Other duties/projects may be assigned or required as needed.

Please visit to apply. At this site, select Job Search - enter job # 01005490.

The job posting will stay open until December 3rd, and our goal is to extend job offers in January, 2011.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2011 Pride Foundation Scholarship

The 2011 Pride Foundation/GSBA Scholarship Application will be available on October 15 at

This year, $500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded. Pride Foundation and the GSBA Scholarship Fund would like to encourage you to share this excellent opportunity for students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges & universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! There are fifty different types of scholarships with awards up to $10,000 - but only one web-based application to complete!

Applications can be completed online at and are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 31, 2011.

It is incredibly important you share this scholarship announcement with all students! LGBTQ students often do not have access to traditional means of support from families making it more compelling for organizations and schools to work together to reach these students. Our scholarships have the power to make a huge financial and emotional impact on their lives! Please post the enclosed posters prominently and announce these scholarships in your bulletin, newsletter, or student newspaper. Some LGBT students may not be "out" to others and straight ally students are often unaware that our scholarships are available to them as well. We rely on them seeing our scholarship posters or hearing the announcement to know that our scholarships exist.

To further assist students applying for these scholarships, we will hold Scholarship Application Workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest this fall - for specific times and locations or to request a workshop, please email or call 800-735-7287 x110.
If you would like to learn more about this history and mission of our organizations, please visit or

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2010 UW LAW FAIR--WED, NOV 17th, 10-2, MGH Commons

Come one, come all to the Annual UW Law Fair!

When: WEDNESDAY, November 17th, 2010 -- 10am-2pm
Where: MGH Commons (First floor of Mary Gates Hall)
Who: YOU!

Thinking about Law School? Then don't miss the annual Career Center Law
Fair, sponsored by the UW Career Center and the Pre-Law Student
Society (PLS).

Representatives of more than 80 law schools from across the
country gather at the UW looking for potential new students - like you!
At the Law Fair you can talk to admissions staff, pick up brochures
and applications, ask questions and learn more about the schools which
interest you. You may make a lasting impression on a representative from the
school of your dreams or discover that the perfect school for you is one
that you hadn't considered.

For a complete list of attending law schools, as well as information on tips
and events designed to help you prepare for the Fair, please visit .

Questions? Contact or call

Join us for the Seattle Grad-School Fair on October 27

I am writing from Idealist to invite you to the Graduate-School Fair
we are hosting in Seattle in a couple of weeks. The fair will take
place on Wednesday, October 27, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Seattle
University’s Campion Tower Residence Hall at 914 East Jefferson Street.

If you are thinking of going to Graduate School in the next year or
two, this is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from 80
local, national, and international programs focusing on Nonprofit
Management, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Education,
International Affairs, and many other fields, and learn about their
admissions process and about how to make yourself a stronger candidate
for graduate school.

For more details - including a list of registered schools - and to
register (the fair is free, but we need to know how many people to
expect), please visit:

and select Seattle from the list of cities on the right-hand side of
the page.

NSA career opportunities info session - 10/26

The National Security Agency (NSA) is visiting campus on Tuesday, 10/26, and will offer a special in depth session on career opportunities with those students who are interested in careers in cybersecurity/information assurance. If you are interested in learning about this career field, please contact Barbara Endicott-Popovsky at

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Study Abroad Fair--Wed, Oct 27, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Mary Gates Hall Commons

Explore study abroad options from Cape Town to Cairo from Copenhagen to Canberra at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mary Gates Hall Commons. More than 100 exhibitors and program alums will be present to speak with you about options for taking your UW education across borders. Staff from International Programs and Exchanges will also be available to answer any questions you may have about scholarships, travel resources, and finding the program that is the right match for you.

We are excited to welcome visitors from our exchange partner universities in Asia, Europe and Africa and hope that you will visit the fair to learn more about these unique and affordable study abroad opportunities. More than 20 UW academic departments will also be present to showcase their UW faculty-led programs.

Concurrent workshops will be held in Mary Gates Hall 258:

11 a.m. Study Abroad 101
Noon Study, Work and Scholarship Opportunities in Japan
1 p.m. Funding your Study Abroad

GSA Honors Admissions Reader position


Req #: 68615
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: 211 Mary Gates Hall
Posting Date: 10/08/2010
Closing Info: Closes On 10/22/2010
Salary: Tuition plus standard salary—-salary is commensurate with student standing.
Union Position: Yes
This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University Honors Program provides a special learning context for high-achieving students looking for a rigorous, enhanced educational experience. Bringing selected faculty into close contact with dedicated students in an atmosphere of small, challenging classes allows the Honors Program to combine the intimacy of a small, interdisciplinary liberal arts college with the strengths of an excellent public research university.

The University Honors Program is seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during Winter Quarter 2011. These positions offer a valuable hands-on opportunity to participate with higher education professionals in the review of undergraduate applications to the Honors Program for admittance Autumn Quarter 2011. Multiple positions available!

Readers will assess freshman Honors Program applications, using a combination of personal and academic factors. Applications are assessed by two readers separately, and final admission decisions are made by Honors Program staff readers, based on holistic assessments.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: December 16, 2010 – March 15, 2011. Candidate must be available for one three-hour weekday training sometime during December 16-17. Please note.

HOURS: Approximately 20 hours per week, half of which must be completed in the Honors Program office, during set Honors Admission reading sessions, sometime between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays (exact dates/time TBD). The other half may be flexible hours, to be completed remotely via an online reading system.

SALARY: Tuition plus standard salary commensurate with student standing.


NOTIFICATION/ACCEPTANCE DATES: We will notify those accepted for the positions by November 5, 2010.

Must be formally enrolled in a tuition-based program in the UW Graduate School for at least 10 credits during Winter Quarter 2011.

Students enrolled in graduate programs that are fee-based or self-sustaining are welcome to apply, but will not be eligible to receive tuition, and under no circumstance will tuition be provided.

Ability to read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complicated assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately and work independently for hours at a time; be sensitive to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage. Must be able to read at least 100 applications per week.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Previous participation or direct affiliation with the UW Honors Program or other undergraduate honors programs demonstrating a practical understanding of the program's mission and values.

Condition of Employment:
Apply through UWHires.

In addition to a resume, and in lieu of a traditional cover letter, applicants must submit a letter addressing the following questions in 450 words or less:

Question 1: Your assignment is to select a strong, engaged, and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington Honors Program. What is the meaning of “strong, engaged, and diverse?” What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications and why?

Question 2: How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours? Is it ever appropriate to use judgment based on personal opinions in reviewing for admission to a public university? Regardless of your answer, whether yes or no, please give an example to illustrate your decision.

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:
Please note that your application will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for this position until the cover letter assessment is complete.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing a Cover Letter assessment and an on-line Employment Eligibility assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kaplan's Practice Test

Saturday, October 23rd
Seattle Kaplan Center

Take a FREE Practice GMAT online at

On Saturday, October 23rd, Kaplan is holding a FREE opportunity for students to take a practice GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT. The event will be held at the Seattle Kaplan Center (4216 University Way NE). It is open to anyone who would like to take a practice test, even if you are not a current student.

Each test will last up to 3 hours and will be proctored like an actual exam. After the test, one of our amazing instructors will give a short workshop on test-taking strategies and answer questions.

This is a great opportunity for students to see how they might score on the real thing, and also to get an idea of the kinds of questions that will be on the real test. The tests will be scored and returned to the students that same day with computerized feedback about their individual performance on the test.

**To sign up for the event, you just need to log onto the University of Washington Practice Test website at**

Before the event, we will send you an e-mail confirming your registration and providing you with instructions for checking in on Saturday.

Again, this is a completely FREE event and a great opportunity for anyone interested in going to grad, law, med, dental, optometry, or pharmacy school in the next few years! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

For those of you applying to business school and taking the GMAT, remember that Free Live Online practice GMAT tests are offered several times a week at .

See you at the Practice Test on October 23rd!

Puget Sound Energy Position for Recent Graduate

At Puget Sound Energy (PSE) we have a long tradition of service, and an exciting and innovative future ahead!

Consider PSE for the next step in your career.

Senior Engineer or Below (DOE) # 4221

Substation Engineering Controls Group

PSE is looking for a senior engineer who has prior experience in substation controls engineering applied to transmission, distribution, and generation systems within a combined electric/gas utility environment.

The Senior Engineer will be responsible to perform advanced engineering design and analyses to support construction, operation and maintenance activities associated with control systems for substations, SCADA, and automated T&D systems. Types of work will include preparation of controls design drawings (schematic and wiring diagrams), calculations for determining correct capacity of storage batteries, preparation of detailed cost estimates, material lists, plans for construction and renovation of substation facilities. The senior engineer will work closely with the System Protection engineering group and others on the project team in order to ensure accurate and timely work products. The senior engineer may be used to oversee the work of junior members of the group and support the continued development of PSE’s engineering workforce by sharing knowledge with others. This position allows you to exercise considerable latitude in determining the technical objectives of an assignment. Typical assignments are broad in scope, and may be composed of interrelated elements within and outside of the employees’ core area of expertise. This position will also be called upon to support emergency response operations when needed from the department.

This is an excellent opportunity to join PSE! PSE provides an environment where all employees are valued, respected and provided with the opportunity to achieve maximum performance. We offer a comprehensive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive cafeteria-style benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, a generous paid time off package, and an employee assistance and wellness program. Gain the energy to do great things through a career with Puget Sound Energy!


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Demonstrated experience as a Senior Engineer (5 to 7+ years) with competence in the controls engineering discipline.
  • Experience in preparation of control equipment specification, meter/relay one line diagrams, design review, analysis of electrical systems and operations.
  • Ability to apply engineering economic principles and manage multiple assignments concurrently.
  • Demonstrated effective communications, both verbal and written.
  • Familiarity with MS Office/basic computer skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership through effective participation within department and project team environments.


  • State of Washington Professional Engineer’s License.
  • Broad knowledge of industry standards/best practices, leading edge technological developments, and field engineering practices.
  • A basic knowledge of electrical power system relay protection principles.
  • Organization, documentation, prioritization, and project engineering skills.
  • Experience in project cost estimating or scheduling

This position will be filled as an Engineer or Associate Engineer depending upon the qualifications of the selected applicant.

PSE offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. PSE is an Equal Opportunity employer.

We encourage persons of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please apply online at