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COVID-19 Resources

Dear Employer Partners,

As of March 30, 2020, all classroom instruction and operations at The University of Washington are being conducted online. As country-wide social distancing requirements continue to increase and evolve daily, we believe this is the best course of action for reducing uncertainty and anxiety and establishing a reliable, high-quality method of instruction and academic progress for UW students.

Please know that we are here to support employers and we look forward to working together to connect you with Foster talent. Additionally, our staff is available remotely to discuss recruiting strategies and support your current and future needs. In order to support this partnership, we have two requests:

  1. If there are any updates to your recruitment plans that will impact students (i.e. changes to offers, start dates, internship programs, etc.) we would appreciate hearing from you so we can support students through these changes. Please email us at [email protected] and a member of our team will follow up as soon as possible.
  2. If you have current openings at your company that you are still planning to fill with Undergrads or Specialized Master’s, we strongly recommend posting to Handshake. Once posted (Handshake or otherwise), please consider sending the link to [email protected] and we will distribute to our team of career coaches and targeted student communication channels.

As an additional response to social distancing efforts, campus operations will be limited to essential services only. While this means on-campus recruiting activity is no longer available, Foster Career Services is here and ready to support your recruiting efforts virtually. Below our signature, we have provided an FAQ to help answer questions you may have during this period of adjustment.

We thank you for your incredible patience and flexibility as we all navigate these strange times.

Foster Career Services


Where can I find out more information and follow updates on UW operations?

As this situation remains fluid, the best source of up-to-date information for the University of Washington is always uw.edu/coronavirus. In addition, our central Career & Internship Center has created a broader UW-wide Employer FAQ site. However, please continue to read on for more Foster-specific information.

How and when can I contact Foster Career Services?

While our office may be closed, our team of career coaches and employer relations will be working regular business hours remotely (Mon – Thurs 8am – 5pm; Fridays 8am – 4:30pm). The best way to get in touch is by emailing [email protected]. You are also welcome to call and leave a message at 206-221-5054, however, please note voicemail responses may be delayed.

How has the virtual model impacted campus recruiting?

COVID-19 has impacted employers and the UW in a variety of ways. While each company and industry has been impacted differently, recruiting and engagement activities have continued for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is being achieved through various virtual formats, including virtual fairs, networking events, and student programming. UW and Foster will continue to host recruitment events and provide opportunities for employers to engage virtually until further notice. To find out about upcoming opportunities, please contact [email protected] to sign up for our employer communications. You are also welcome to host your own events but we always recommend posting those on Handshake for promotion. Whatever path your company takes, the Foster Career Center is here to help you navigate this virtual environment.

We are considering a virtual 2021 internship program. Do you have any resources to help us with this process?

The central UW Career & Internship Center has created a one-pager on “Developing Remote Internships” here, and posted a webinar recording on “How to Be an Awesome Intern Manager” here.

Handshake has an Employer Resource page for going digital here and a helpful Holistic Guide to Recruiting From Home PDF.

Check out this Forbes.com article from Garrett Lord, Co-founder and CEO of Handshake for a good read on how to adjust your recruiting strategy in the coming months: Your Revised Early Talent Hiring Playbook For 2020 And Beyond.

Do you have suggestions on how to continue to engage with Foster students in our virtual world?

We still suggest offering Interviews, Office Hours, and Events (info sessions, Q&A, company tours, etc), just virtually. See below for more information on these suggestions and check out these resources: Tips for Hosting Virtual Events from Handshake and Hosting Virtual Interviews at Foster.

  • Virtual Interviews, option 1: Candidates are selected from and scheduled via the Handshake platform. If you would like to utilize the Handshake platform to set up your virtual interview schedule, request a Preselect interview schedule and Alisha ([email protected]) will reach out to finalize all details. For a smooth transition into a virtual format, we recommend sending log-in or phone call instructions to your selected candidates. Once your interviews are complete, we ask that you send through the status of your appointments (who you “met” with, which needed to be rescheduled, and if there were any no shows).
  • Virtual Interviews, option 2: Employers coordinate all interview selections and scheduling. If you are hosting – and coordinating – your own virtual interviews, please consider sharing your interview details with us (date of interview, position(s) applied for, name/email of who you interviewed). We can create a “room only” interview schedule for you in Handshake and “check in” these students for future reference. This data would be valuable for our career center to track interview activity for our own records.
  • Office Hours: If you would like to utilize the Handshake platform to advertise and schedule 1:1 office hours with students, you can do so! “Request an Interview” from your home page and select “Open” as the format. Please email [email protected] for next steps, as this process has a specific set of instructions.
  • Virtual Event Ideas: There are multiple types of virtual events that companies can host in order to engage with students. Handshake offers the ability to post ‘virtual events’, which is the best method for ensuring students are aware of your event. The following are a few suggestions:
    1. Host a virtual info session to discuss opportunities and provide time for Q&A
    2. Host virtual coffee chats (not 1:1)
    3. Host a virtual company tour
    4. Host a webinar to support student development of soft or technical skills

How do I request a virtual event?

Log into your Handshake account and select “Request an Event” at the top of your home page. Be sure to select “Virtual: My company is hosting this event virtually”, as pictured below. Best practice (as always) is to include in the description who this event is targeted to (ex: all Foster students, marketing majors, juniors, etc), especially since students are not able to filter virtual events by specific career center in this format. See this Submitting Virtual Events at Foster guide for additional best practices and instructions

request event

Which platforms do you suggest we use to connect with students for virtual interviews and events?

You are welcome to use your company’s preferred system, however if you are looking for outside resources, please note all UW students have access to Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet with their UW email address.

How do I get even more details if I have other Handshake questions?

Foster Career Services has created an in-depth guide for you! Handshake also has a robust Employer Help Center at your disposal.