CFRM Students Persevere for a Successful Summer 2020

The 2019 cohort of UW CFRM graduate students had a robust and valuable Summer 2020 experience amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced on-campus CFRM Career Services to operate remotely starting on March 16, 2020.

“March and April are the prime months of internship recruiting, interviewing and offers,” reports Karen Beaudry, Manager of Career Services & Employer Relations. “The students stayed steady, applying to opportunities, as internship programs were canceled or postponed across the U.S.”

75% of the students landed internships during these challenging times. While many students worked remotely in Seattle, their internships were based in 11 U.S. cities, an increase over 2019; in Spokane, WA, Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC and 4 cities in CA – Los Altos, Pasadena, Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

Amazon Forecasting hired two students as Data Scientists, a new opportunity, which allowed the students to have a positive impact on supply chain efficiency and the customer experience using machine learning to create probabilistic forecasts of customer demand for millions of items daily. This work assisted Amazon in establishing labor plans for thousands of employees in fulfillment centers worldwide.

UW CFRM collaboration with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa (FHLB-Des Moines) dating back to 2014, continues successfully. A student is interning at the Bank this autumn.

CFRM Career Services has Employer and Professional Association Seminar Virtual events planned in the upcoming months, bringing added-value to the industry education of its students.