Supporting student success and the Husky Experience

As University of Washington employees, we have a critical role in educating and mentoring our students to enable their success on and off the job. The work completed by our student employees helps them gain relevant skills and experience, while developing professionalism and other qualities important to their future endeavors.

We encourage you to use the resources in this section during check-in meetings with your student. You can use this opportunity to help students learn and articulate the value of their on-campus work.

  • The Task Force on Student Employment has identified and recommended that our employers utilize the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Competencies and the Student Leadership Competencies (utilized by the Husky Leadership Initiative) as you continue to shape learning competencies for your student employees.
  • Video resources: View a short video series focused on managing and support interns, which can be readily applied to supervising student employees.
  • Supervising Student Employees: UW HR’s Professional & Organizational Development division offers a Supervising Student Employees course specifically designed for UW staff who currently work with, or anticipate working with, student employees. This course delves into techniques for calibrating expectations, coaching and mentoring students, giving feedback, intentionally encouraging student learning and reflection, and crafting an experience that helps prepare students for the professional world. The course is typically offered in winter and summer quarters.
  • Share Your Skills: This guide was created to help students make meaning of their employment experiences and to help them articulate the skills they gained in their work. Students can navigate the guide independently, but will benefit if supported by their supervisor/mentor in the meaning making process.
    • You can also direct your student to the Husky Experience Toolkit for Student Employees which was created to walk students through the reflection process so they can better understand and articulate what they have learned through their work.
  • Creating Internship-Like Experiences: Advice for creating a high-impact learning environment for your student employees.
  • Casual Conversations: A collection of questions aimed at fostering connection between managers and students. This strategy of engaging in deeper conversations with students helps strengthen the manager/student relationship and encourages student reflection and meaning making around transferable skills learned on the job. 
  • Campus is rich with support and engagement resources for students.  This interactive PDF will help you help them connect to the right office.