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Engage

In addition to traditional on-campus interviewing, there are multiple opportunities to build your employer brand and promote current openings at Foster. Contact the Employer Relations team to discuss these engagement and branding strategies at [email protected]

Networking Events

These are intended for students to meet your team and speak informally about your company or open roles in a larger, more social format, such as bowling get-togethers, lunches, and mixer-style events. Note, we do not check-in attendees for Networking Events, so you’ll want to be sure to collect contact details at the event for post-event attendance reference.

Events

Connect with students on-campus during a lunchtime class break (12:30 – 1:20 p.m.) or in the evening hours (5:30 – 7 p.m.) to present information about upcoming opportunities and a “day in the life” at your organization. 

Meet ‘n Greets

Informal, drop-in style appointments. Students can stop by to chat with your team during a certain window of time. You are welcome to meet with several students at a time.

Office Hours

Students are able to schedule one-on-one informational interviews with an employer to learn about “a day in the life” at the organization and any upcoming internship and/or full-time opportunities. Office Hours are customizable based on employer needs and availability. We offer space in our career suite, or can assist you in holding office hours virtually. Email [email protected] for step-by-step instructions for this process. 

Tabling Events

Information tables for the purpose of advertising employment opportunities or collecting resumes are not available through Foster or the UW Seattle campus at large.

Host a Company Visit 

Each year Foster coordinates company visits for students which provide an opportunity to learn about industry and connect with professionals. If you are interested in hosting a visit, please email [email protected] to inquire.  

Business Career Fair

Attend our flagship recruiting event, held annually each October. Develop your campus brand while connecting with top UW students and alumni preparing for business internships and full-time opportunities. Registration opens each June in Handshake, and current campus partners will be notified when registration goes live. Learn more about the Business Career Fair.

Not sure you’re on the list? Please email [email protected] to be added.

Contribute to Student Development

Every quarter the Career Center produces targeted programming for professional career development, such as Employer Mock Interviews, Employer Resume Reviews, Industry Focus Nights, Panels, and Workshops.

Interested in getting involved? Email [email protected].

Posters & Flyers

While there are no boards available in central locations at Foster for advertising job opportunities, the EY Center for Career Advancement and the Undergraduate Programs Office do have in-house boards. Please contact [email protected] to learn about posting policies and to submit materials.

Should my organization host an Event?

Events at Foster provide a great opportunity to share information about your organization while networking with UW students and recent alumni. However, events are not necessarily the best recruiting option for everyone. We have found that events are most successful when employers have a recognizable brand, are consistently on-campus, and/or are actively recruiting through Handshake.

What if my company doesn’t fall into these categories?

If these categories do not describe your organization, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a successful events at Foster. However, it will require additional work from your recruiting team to generate student interest in the positions. Visibility and promotion is key!

Still not sure if an event is right for you?

Our Employer Relations team is always happy to discuss strategies for increasing visibility on campus. Contact Employer Relations at [email protected] to learn more about your options to engage at Foster.

Event Reservations

Events are typically held:

Fall 2019
Submit requests: June 17 – November 29
Reservations allowed: September 25 – December 6
Monday – Friday (8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Winter 2020
Submit requests: October 31 – February 28
Reservations allowed: January 13 – March 13
Monday – Friday (8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Spring 2020
Submit requests: February 4 – May 22
Reservations allowed: April 6 – June 5
Monday – Friday (8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

  • Recommended times:
    • Daytime: 12:30-1:20 p.m. (There are no Foster classes scheduled over lunch)
    • Evening: Any 90 minute period between 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Plan ahead and get familiar with the rhythm of the University of Washington Academic Calendar.

Tips for a Successful Event

Timing Is Everything

The best time to host an event is during the quarter in which you plan to recruit, often, 1-2 weeks before your resume deadline (1-2 days prior to interviews if you prefer to use the event as a pre-interview preparation).

Of course, you do not have to be interviewing to host an event — most students appreciate networking and learning about your organization while you build your brand and visibility on campus.

Know Your Audience

Foster Career Services can assist you with recruiting both Undergraduates and Specialized Master’s students. Be sure to let the Employer Services Manager know which populations you are looking to recruit (including target class level).

Undergraduate Options: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management

Specialized Master’s Programs: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Taxation, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Business Analytics (new as of 2019!)

Customize Your Event Description

You will be prompted by Handshake/the Employer Services Manager to submit a unique event description. Best practices here include being clear about your target audience (Which school years and majors would you like to see attend this event?) and even inserting a link to any current opportunities your company has out there. This is also a great opportunity to showcase your company’s culture — consider keeping it on the lighter side!

Food and Refreshments

Food/refreshments are encourageds and can be ordered and delivered from many local eateries. Refer to your event confirmation email or the Recruiting Resources section for a list of recommendations.

Track Your RSVPs

Upon scheduling an event, you will have access to RSVP information from your Handshake event posting. This helps to properly prepare your team representatives and for any food/refreshment orders. Reviewing your RSVP list can also aid in communicating to students prior to your event, as you can email attendees directly from Handshake.

Promote

Foster Career Services helps to promote your event! We will work with you to publicize your event online through our interactive calendar, social media platforms, and as part of a weekly e-newsletter communication to Foster students. We also recommend reaching out to relevant Registered Student Organizations for their support in sharing your event with their members.

Prepare Your Team

Ensure that all members of your team are forwarded a copy of your event confirmation note, including date, time, directions, and transportation information to your designated venue (ex: Dempsey 102, Deloitte Commons, etc).

Parking & Traffic

On-campus parking can be unpredictable, particularly if you are arriving to campus after 8:30am. We highly encourage employers to carpool and/or arrange alternative transportation to campus such as public transit, Uber/Lyft, or taxi services. If you must drive to campus, please refer to your event confirmation note for further instructions.

Visiting from out of town? Traffic and weather conditions can often add substantial minutes to a normal commute time. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time to get to campus from downtown and/or Seattle Tacoma airport.

All job postings, on-campus interviews, office hours, and event/event requests for Foster Undergraduates and Specialized Master’s students should be submitted through Handshake, the online recruiting platform UW utilizes for all career-related activity. 

Not yet on Handshake? Start here.

  1. Log into Handshake and select “Create an Event” at the top of your home page.
  2. Name: Name your event. Good idea to include your Company name somewhere within. 
  3. Format: Select on-campus
  4. School: Select University of Washington
  5. Career Center: Select UW Seattle Foster School of Business Career Center
  6. Type: Select the appropriate type (event, networking, or other). 
  7. Description: Share as many confirmed details as you can. By default, all events will be visible by all UW Seattle & Bothell students, but we will add “Foster” to the title for further clarification. It is highly recommended that you include a “Who Should Attend” section within the event descriptions in order to get a more productive audience. This tells students who would benefit from attending so they may choose their event attendance wisely. (ex: “undergraduates with an interest in finance”, “we are interested in meeting Juniors and Seniors”, “Marketing majors”, etc)

Registered Student Organizations (Student Clubs)

Career Services works closely with the many student-run business clubs that sponsor panel discussions and other activities. These events provide a perfect venue for you to interact directly with our students. Check out what’s happening within Foster-specific undergraduate clubs.

Mgmt 430

Foster partners with Seattle’s thriving and innovative business community to develop forward-looking, customized cases centered on a current strategic issue. This required capstone course, Strategic Business Management (MGMT 430), taken during one quarter of senior year, positions student teams in front of executives to make formal presentations on their recommendations. Questions? Email Laura Edwards.

Student Consultants

Connect with smart, ambitious Foster students to help you meet your business goals. Resources can be found here. 

Mentor Program

Foster Alumni and other professionals connect with 1-2 current students for a 5-month long mentoring program designed to focus on professional and personal development for mentors and mentees. Resources can be found here

Diversity Resources

At Foster, inclusion and diversity is critical to our academic programs, student experience, and community relationships. Learn more. 

Faculty

An internationally known and ranked faculty with expertise in nearly 100 areas of business practice distinguishes Foster with cutting-edge research and innovative teaching. Our faculty can be a powerful resource for your organization. Learn more.