Policies and Expectations

Hiring the right person for an internship or job, and looking for just the right internship or job, can be stressful. Below are the policies and expectations that are in place to ease your stress and to have successful outcomes:

For Employers

Job/Internship Offer Timeline Policy:

  • For full-time offers (made in summer or fall quarter): students have until Nov 14, 2014 to complete their interviews and make a decision, if they request to do so.  If they make a decision earlier, that is certainly fine
  • For internship offers (made in fall or winter quarter): students have until Feb 16, 2015 to complete their interviews and make a decision, if they need the time.  Again, if they are ready to accept or decline earlier, that is fine
  • Beyond Feb 16, 2015, we ask employers to give students three weeks to accept or decline the offer

These are guidelines for Northwestern and are effective for companies that recruit on campus as well as those that do not.

Additional Policies & Expectations:

  • All hiring opportunities must be available to all students, which means that faculty referrals and exclusive student group recruitment are not allowed
  • All postings in our database, CareerCat, must disclose the hiring company
  • Events that are being planned with student groups or academic departments should first be approved by UCS to ensure that there are not conflicting presentations at those dates and times
  • Communicate in a timely manner with candidates who have been interviewed
  • Follow the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Principles for Employment  Professionals

For Students

  • Apply for those internships and jobs that are of genuine interest
  • All information in the CareerCat profile must be accurate
  • Do not use on-campus interviews for practice– UCS is happy to do mock interviews with you
  • If on-campus interviews need to be cancelled, it must be done no later than 2 business days prior to the scheduled interview. To cancel, call the Interview Center at 847-467-5718
  • An interview can be cancelled the same day without penalty due to serious illness, emergency conditions, or acceptance of an internship or job offer. To cancel, call the Interview Center at 847-467-5718
  • If an interview is missed without explanation, access to CareerCat will be suspended and a meeting must be held with a UCS advisor
  • If an offer is accepted, all interviewing must stop immediately and pending resume submissions must be cancelled
  • Offers should be reviewed and accepted or declined in a timely manner
  • Rescinding an acceptance of an internship or job offer is unethical and may lead to repercussions
  • Report internship and job offers when requested by UCS
  • If an employer or UCS event requests an RSVP, please let the appropriate person know if you cannot attend as expected within 24 hours of the scheduled event