Employer Recruiting Guidelines and Expectations

Welcome to the recruiting season at Colorado College. We invite you to review our updated guidelines and expectations on our site as well as those set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Ethical and Professional Practice (NACE). We encourage you to be communicative, flexible, and transparent in your work with students throughout the recruiting process. The Career Center reserves the right to deny an employer access, permanently or temporarily, from engaging in recruitment activity that is deemed unethical or unprofessional.

The Career Center adheres to the Governance, Policy, & Procedures as set forth by Colorado College.  This includes the Nondiscrimination Statement, which states the following:

Colorado College does not discriminate…on the basis of race, creed, color, caste, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression, perceived gender, sexual preference and sexual orientation), marital status, disability, veteran status, age, genetic information, or any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local law.

Offer Guidelines

In consultation with recommendations from our professional organization, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we have established the following employer guidelines for recruiting. The Colorado College Career Center expects that student candidates for jobs and internship opportunities receive adequate time to evaluate offers in order to make informed decisions regarding their careers and employment. The following guidelines aim to balance the recruiting needs of employers and to provide our students with adequate time to make informed decisions about job and internship offers. We also believe these guidelines help mitigate instances of students reneging on offers.

We recommend that all employers who utilize and benefit from Career Center resources* agree to these guidelines and expectations.  

*Career Center resources (either in person or virtual/online) are defined as: all internship and job opportunities and interviews, events, and fairs facilitated through the Career Center and/or Colorado College Handshake.

More can be found on the NACE Website:

Disclaimers and Policies

The Colorado College Career Center reserves the right to exclude any employer from recruiting activities and to edit, delete or refuse any employer profile or job posting at any time.

The hosting of employer, job and internship information in our Handshake database should not be considered an expressed or implied endorsement by the Career Center or Colorado College of the organizations posting the positions or the positions posted.

The views, information or opinions expressed by employers participating in career events are solely those of the employer(s) involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Career Center or Colorado College.

We reserve the right to advertise your positions on our Colorado College Career Newsletter and social media sites such as the Colorado College Career Center LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

The Colorado College Career Center forbids discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, or disability.

The Colorado College Career Center adheres to the NACE policy, which states that serving alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process. Therefore, all recruiting activities, including all student engagement events, will be alcohol-free.

Colorado College prohibits any commercial selling or solicitation on campus that is not sponsored or sanctioned by the university. The Career Center requests that organizations do not utilize student groups or student contacts to facilitate such commercial endeavors.

If an employer hires a third-party guerrilla marketing company to run marketing campaigns on campus, the employer must check with the Colorado College Career Center to be sure that the nontraditional channels fall within the Colorado College policies.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, interviews must be made available to all interested students who meet the permanent work authorization requirements for other than practical training purposes, regardless of their citizenship. If United States citizenship is required by your company, please indicate this requirement in the job description of any position for which you are recruiting. Please see the US Department of Justice “Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring Workers” for more information and guidelines.

A job or internship posting in Handshake does not reflect the endorsement of the company or role by Colorado College or the Colorado College Career Center.

The Colorado College Career Center, via Handshake, reviews all employer requests and job postings. With approval processes in place, we do our best to not approve fraudulent employers or fraudulent job/internship postings.

The Colorado College Career Center encourages employers to hire students as brand ambassadors to support their marketing and engagement with students. Please notify us of their hiring so we are able to support them as needed. We would expect them to follow the Distribution of Printed Materials and Solicitation Policy as set forth by Colorado College.

We will not post any job or position that requires a financial investment from our students or alumni. Your postings should not require any employment fees or purchase requirements (examples include: opportunities that require the purchase of supplies or training kits, fee-based placements or training, etc.).

The Colorado College Career Center will not approve job or internship postings or recruiting activities involved with the use, production, testing, distribution, or funding of recreational or medical marijuana or CBD. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level, we comply with federal law.

Third-party recruiters who wish to post opportunities within the Colorado College Career Center job database, Handshake, must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • The third-party recruiter must agree to disclose the name of the employer, as well as the position description. The client’s name must appear in the title of the position.
  • Students and alumni will not be charged a fee for the third-party recruiter’s services.
  • The third-party recruiter can be listed as the contact for student/alumni cover letters and resumes.
  • If a Colorado College student or alumnus is NOT selected for the specific position listed in Colorado College Handshake that resume will NOT be put into the recruiter’s general pool of candidates without the written consent of the individual.

This agreement will remain in effect for all positions posted through the third-party recruiter. We reserve the right to refuse or remove any postings that do not adhere to our terms and conditions. Any violation of these terms will result in the loss of access to Colorado College Handshake.

In support of the Colorado College Office of Sustainability, employers should refrain from bringing large quantities of giveaway items to distribute to students attending their student engagement events, office hours or other recruiting events. This includes logo merchandise and company products and applies to any employer conducting school-facilitated recruiting on the Colorado College campus or at a nearby location. As an alternative, a company may bring a few products to display or conduct a raffle-style giveaway for a few attendees.

We recognize many recruiters view these giveaways as visible ways to demonstrate commitment to Colorado College recruiting and to showcase the company and its products. Yet packaging, shipping, and distribution – which are necessary to make the giveaways possible – consume natural resources and create waste when extra products are left after the event. You will be responsible to take any remaining giveaways with you when you depart campus. The Career Center will not be responsible for distributing remaining items.

The Career Center follows the direction of Colorado College for inclement weather. When Colorado College is closed, the Career Center is closed and all events are canceled. The Employer Relations team will work with employers on the best strategy to reschedule canceled events. Please visit the Emergency Preparedness page for the most up-to-date information.

If you have questions regarding employer policies (or procedures not addressed here), contact us at hireatiger@coloradocollege.edu.

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Employers posting internships in Colorado College Handshake should review the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division guidelines on compensation. This DOL Fact Sheet provides information on whether workers are considered unpaid interns or paid employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It is expected that employers who post internships are in compliance with these criteria.

When posting internships offering a stipend in Handshake, the stipend must equal at least minimum wage (when divided by the number of hours worked) in order to qualify the position as paid.

Please be aware that the decision to award academic credit is made between students,their academic departments, and our academic programs. Most academic departments at Colorado College do not offer academic credit for internships. Academic credit should not replace compensation for work performed during an internship and does not automatically ensure compliance with the FLSA.

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