Policies, Guidelines and Timeline

We follow the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE). These guidelines work to help both students and employers get the most of the recruitment process.

Employers are encouraged to communicate decisions to candidates within a reasonable time frame, and communicate that time frame to candidates. Employers are expected to refrain from any undue pressure to accept. Exploding offers are strongly discouraged (e.g., any offer that does not afford a candidate the appropriate time to either accept or decline and/or has special incentives attached for the purposes of inducing early acceptances). Such offers put enormous pressure on our students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process.

Timeline

Internship recruiting typically takes place during the Spring semester, although many firms choose to discuss internship opportunities during company presentations in the Fall. On campus internship recruiting begins in mid January. Most firms try to wrap up on campus internship recruiting before Spring Break in mid March. Internship offers are usually extended by April 1st. Students should be provided between two – three weeks to make their decision.

Full time Hire recruiting typically begins during the Fall Semester for May graduates. On campus recruiting begins in September, typically with company presentations and information sessions. On-campus interviewing begins in early October, with firms usually holding second round interviews in early and mid November and extend offers in late November or early December. With regard to employment offers, please provide students between two – three weeks to decide and generally not require decisions earlier than six months prior to the candidates graduation or end of classes.

Full time Hire following a Summer Internship At the end of a summer internship, if an employer wishes to make a full time offer to a student, such offer may be made upon completion of the internship, but the employer must give the student until October 1st, while maintaining the two – three week deadline to make a final decision on the offer.