Job & Internship Offer Policy

University of Notre Dame Career Services requires students to sign a contract of job search ethics prior to participating in any on-campus interviews.  Students are penalized for missing interviews, canceling appointments, etc.  Career Services enforces a zero tolerance policy for students who renege on offers of employment or who conduct themselves unethically during their search.  In return, Career Services asks employers to:

  • Provide students a minimum of three business days’ notice for an off-campus interview.  This allows students to make proper travel arrangements to avoid academic and other conflicts.
  • Provide fair and reasonable time periods for students to evaluate employment offers prior to making a decision that will affect their future careers and personal lives.  Asking a student if he or she is ready to make a decision on the spot, or asking a student to respond to a hypothetical offer is considered unacceptable practice.  Exploding offers put undue pressure on students and compromise our efforts to enforce student policy against reneging.
  • Uphold job offers.  Rescinding an offer means the student must restart their job search, often after declining other offers.

Job Offer Policy (for full-time offers)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

For students who have completed an internship with your firm/company:

  • Graduating students receiving a full-time employment offer as a result of a prior internship should be given until at least October 15th to make a decision, or two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.

For students who have not completed an internship with your firm/company:

  • Students receiving a full-time employment offer should be given a decision deadline no earlier than November 1st, or two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

  • Full-time offers extended prior to November 1, whether resulting from a summer internship or not, should have a deadline no earlier than December 1.
  • Full-time offers extended after November 1 should have a deadline no earlier than December 1, or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.  

Internship Offer Policy (for summer internship offers)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

For students who have completed a prior internship with your firm/company:

  • Any undergraduate student receiving an additional internship offer after completing a prior internship with your firm or company will be given until October 15th to make a decision, or two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.

For students who have not completed an internship with your firm/company:

  • Students receiving internship offers for the following summer should be given a decision deadline no earlier than November 11, 2016, or two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

  • Summer internship offers should be given a decision deadline no earlier than the end of February, or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the offer, whichever comes later.

Summer Leadership Development Programs

These are typically 2-3 day conferences to familiarize students (normally sophomores, sometimes first years) about a particular firm and the industry in which it operates.  Due to the brevity of the program, students could attend more than one.  Students may be offered an internship for the following summer as a result of these experiences.  In these cases, students should be given until August 15th to make a decision regarding the next summer.  Students can: 

  • Accept
  • Decline
  • Defer, and be included in the Fall recruiting cycle without prejudice.

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