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Build your career experience with Foster Undergrad Career Services. Select the tabs below to learn more about networking opportunities and internships.

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Student Experience

What you learn outside the classroom is just as important as what you learn in class. Academics at Foster are the foundation on which you can build a portfolio of experiences to complement and enhance your degree. Students are encouraged to learn and build skills in the classroom, engage with a variety of businesses through structured experiences (internships, case competitions, consulting projects and student organizations), reflect on what they have achieved and apply their new knowledge to future experiences and their careers.

Seize as many opportunities to grow personally and professionally while at the Foster School of Business to create a stellar experience!

Student Life
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Internship Guide

An internship is a time-limited, intensive learning experience outside of the classroom, typically connected to career and academic goals. Internships extend knowledge learned in coursework, provide an opportunity to put theory into practice, and expose students to industry. An internship is a structured opportunity for you to learn, grow, and contribute in a professional setting.

There are many variations of internships: They might be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, taken for credit or no credit and could occur locally, nationally, or abroad.

The Foster School of Business views internships as opportunities for win-win situations. Students gain new skills, new perspectives and a new context for their education and employers gain as well. Select the headers below to learn more about applying for internships, earning academic credit and more.

At-a-Glance an Internship is
Why Consider an Internship?
Internship Timelines
Get Ready!
Researching Companies and Searching for Internships
Applying for an Internship
Creating Your Own internship
Getting academic credit for internships (Internship 495)
Ensuring a Successful Internship Experience
Completing Your Internship
International Students

Foster Excel Credential

See information for the Foster Microsoft Excel Credential here.

Whether you want to be an accountant, analyst, consultant, product manager, or even a recruiter, Excel is an essential tool for nearly all business positions post-undergrad. Excel is an extraordinary tool and being an expert will help you discover insights quicker, become an asset on your team, and even distinguish you from a sea of entry level employees.Daniel Park | Financial Analyst Intern-Amazon | Foster Class of 2016
Only about a week into my first job (an International Marketing and Product Development role), I had to do a lot of research and self-teaching on Excel to be able to perform some of my every day duties. Mastering things like the VLOOKUP function and creating/manipulating PivotTables are skills that would take anyone from the fumbling intern to a valuable asset on any team.Grace Jung | Marketing Coordinator-L'Oreal | Foster Class of 2013

Where Does It Go on Your Resume?

Example 1:
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, MICHAEL G. FOSTER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration: Finance & Marketing (Expected June 2016)
FOSTER MICROSOFT EXCEL CREDENTIAL (Completed Nov 2014)

  • Completed online course to develop Microsoft Excel skills applicable for building spreadsheets for business
  • Enhanced Excel skills in areas such as: PivotTables and advanced chart types for functional use in spreadsheet manipulation

Example 2:
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, MICHAEL G. FOSTER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration: Finance & Marketing (Expected June 2016)
FOSTER MICROSOFT EXCEL CREDENTIAL (Completed Nov 2014)

  • Completed a 5-module online course, confirming Microsoft Excel skills on a variety of topics including:
    PivotTables, advanced chart types and mathematical functions
  • Passed online course with a cumulative score of 89%

Example 3:
ADDITIONAL SKILLS
Foster Microsoft Excel Credential (93% Cumulative Score │ Completed Nov 2014)

  • PivotTables, advanced chart types and mathematical functions

Additional Computer Skills: Access, Publisher, and Prezi
Language: Conversational Japanese

Excel is an extremely valuable skill set. Understanding how to use it properly makes your time in the workplace more efficient and productive.Benjamin Peven | Senior Business Analyst-Accenture | Foster Class of 2013
Excel is an extremely powerful tool, particularly in the business world, and one we encourage all students to learn. For almost any internship or job, students will be asked to use Excel in some capacity to complete tasks. Not only are we impressed when students understand how to use the program, but it allows them to take on more advanced work at an earlier stage.EY Recruiting Team

Career Services: Undergraduate and Specialty Master’s Students

Phone: 206-221-6858
Email: bzcareer@uw.edu