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Professional Computer Science B.S. Degree – Career Showcase

Two students talk about their experiences at the Career Showcase.The career showcase involves activities to help students get a jump start on networking in the computing job market by introducing them to the culture of the computer science field. In the morning, students interact during small group sessions and panel discussions with the instructors and staff. The second half of the day is focused on networking with industry recruiters.

The showcases are held twice a year in Portland, Oregon, in June and December. A wide range of over 20 companies attend the event.

These are some of the companies who have participated in past conferences: Allion, Biotronik, Cambia Health Solutions, Coelo, Daimler, eBay, Eid Passport, Elemental Technologies, Emerge Interactive, Garmin, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, iovation, ISITE Design, Jama Software, Jive Software, Mentor Graphics Corp., McAfee, NVoicePay, Pariveda Solutions, Puppet Labs, Rentrak, Resource Data, Inc., Slalom Consulting, Thomson Reuters, US Army Corps of Engineers, WebMD and Xerox.

Student Comments

“I really appreciated the opportunity to do the technical interview because it gave me the confidence that I could do it.”
– Wing Yee Leung, New York, New York

“I’m not from a tech-savvy part of the country and so it was great to get exposure to a lot of technical companies.”
Emily Meeker, Jonesboro, Ark.

“I really appreciate the Career Showcase events because they give me a chance to interact with potential employers in a low-pressure environment and learn firsthand what kind of qualities they are seeking in potential new hires.”
– Bryon Burleigh, Philomath, Ore.

“I feel motivated, excited, and encouraged to see the graduates who have gotten jobs.”
– Sarah Thorup, Seattle, Wash.

"This was my first quarter in the program and I wasn't sure what a Career Showcase could do for me this early on. It gave my studies a clear direction. There was a cross-section of tech companies who, in one-on-one interviews, made it clear what they were looking for in potential hires. This is great for me because it gives my classes real purpose and motivation. Early, or even new to this program? GO!"
– Ray Foote, Seattle, Wash.

Videos from Past Events

Panel Discussions

Part 1: Meet the Graduates, Career Showcase Dec 2015 Panel
Dec 2015 Panel Part 1 - Meet the Graduates
Three graduates of the program talk at panel discussion at the Career Showcase in December 2015. In Part 1 meet the graduates Vaughn Schmidt (Garmin), Joshua Urlaub (HP) and Justin Ihara (Micro Systems Engineering, Inc.).
Part 2 - Preparing for Technical Interviews
Dec 2015 Panel Part 2 - Preparing for Technical Interviews
Two instructors for the program join three graduates in panel discussion at the Career Showcase in December 2015. In Part 2 the panel discusses how to prepare for technical interviews.
Part 3 - Industry Perspective on Hiring
Dec 2015 Panel Part 3 - Industry Perspective on Hiring
In Part 3 of the panel discussion at the Career Showcase in December 2015, seven representatives from industry discuss issues related to hiring and answer questions from students.
Preparing for interviews, Dec 2014
Preparing for interviews, Dec 2014
Industry representatives give advice on preparing for interviews at the Career Showcase.
Industry panel, Dec 2012
Industry panel, Dec 2013
A panel of industry representatives answer questions from students. Representatives from WebMD, McAfee, Intel, and eBay speak about seeking a development environment, balancing life and work, finding mentors, challenging yourself, staying flexible and caring about what you are doing.
Technical interviews, June 2013
Technical interviews, June 2013
Two recent graduates spoke at the Career Showcase about their experiences with interviewing for their first technical job.

Keynote Speakers

Paul McKenny
June 2014: Paul McKenny, distinguished engineer at IBM Linux Technology Center.
Mark Skarpness
Dec 2014: Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation. Skarpness talks about his background in software at Intel and the development of Intel's Open Source Technology Center. He discusses the importance of open source, and gives tips on how to build an open source resume. Skarpness gives his views on how software engineering will grow in the future, and what skills will be valuable.


Why should I go to the Career Showcase
June 2014: Two students talk about their experience at the Career Showcase.
Dec 2013: Students traveled from all over the country and as far away as Hong Kong to attend the Showcase in Portland, Oregon. The group had backgrounds as diverse as microbiology and Asian studies.