Guidelines

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Employers seeking to recruit Brandeis students are expected to comply with the principles set forth by the federal government and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

The Hiatt Career Center adheres to these policies including the Principles for Professional PracticePrinciples for Employment Professionals and Position Statement for U.S. Internships as well as the following. For more information regarding these recruiting expectations, please contact our employer relations specialists.

Campus Recruiting Offer Policy 

The campus recruiting offer policy provides students with sufficient time to complete their job search, consider employment options and make informed decisions about their future career. The Hiatt Career Center provides programming on evaluating and negotiating job offers so students can feel more comfortable and confident when responding to potential employers. It is required that offers made to students are honored and that no conditions/ pressures are placed as it can result in reneging on the offer. See NACE’s Reasonable Offer Deadline Guidelines for best practices.

Third-Party Recruiters 

Third-party recruiters that charge fees to students will not be permitted access to the services of the Hiatt Career Center. Positions will be approved if the organization they are recruited for is provided. See NACE's Third-Party Recruiting Policy for additional information.

Nondiscrimination

The Hiatt Career Center opposes discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

Cancellations/Inclement Weather

When Brandeis University is closed due to inclement weather or another emergency, all activities hosted by the Hiatt Career Center are suspended and canceled. Our employer relations specialists will work with employers to reschedule canceled events. Check the university homepage for news of weather closings.

Internship Postings

Internships are supervised work experiences that allow students to sharpen their skills, develop career interests and employer contacts, assess their strengths, and connect classroom theories to practice in real world settings. While most students intern during the summer months, Brandeis undergraduates complete fall and spring internships as well. Learn more about student internship guidelines, compensation and academic credit.
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Student Internship Guidelines

To assist in the mentoring and reflection process, we recommend the student and employer have a formalized letter of offer (PDF) and/or learning agreement in place before the internship commences. This greatly enhances the quality of the student’s work and overall experience. In addition, we recommend these guidelines:

  • A minimum of 100 hours of substantive, on-site work

  • A minimum of 6 weeks during the summer or 10 weeks during the fall/spring semesters

  • Clear learning goals based upon mutually agreed upon learning outcomes

  • Clear expectations for supervision

  • Opportunities for the student to reflect on their learning and experience

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Compensation

Internships at Brandeis can be paid or unpaid, however, Brandeis strongly encourages employers to compensate interns to cultivate a more competitive applicant pool. Solely offering unpaid internships often excludes highly qualified students, as they may only be considering paid opportunities. Under the Federal Labor Standards Act, employees may not volunteer services to for-profit, private sector employers. For more information about the Department of Labor's criteria for unpaid internships, review NACE’s position statement.

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Academic Credit

Brandeis acknowledges that some organizations require unpaid interns to earn credit for their internship. Brandeis strongly encourages its students to connect their internships to their liberal arts courses, but please note: academic credit is awarded for the completion of an internship course that is associated with an internship, not the internship experience itself. Internship courses are optional and not available in all academic areas.

For more information about academic credit offerings at Brandeis, contact Daniel Langenthal, director of experiential learning and teaching.