Recruiting policies

Job Offer Guidelines for Employers

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) understands the competitive and deadline-driven process of recruiting. In our experience, students who are pressured into making hasty decisions on employment offers may renege on those offers. 

To reduce the likelihood of reneging, we ask that employers allow students to fully participate in recruiting activities, including career fairs, information sessions, networking events, and on-campus interviews. 

We ask that employers adhere to these policies:

  • Employers should strive to give adequate time to students to fully consider a job offer, ideally two to three weeks, and in some cases longer (see recruiting timelines below).  
  • Employers must refrain from any practice that places unreasonable pressure on students, as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)’s Principles for Ethical Professional Practice
  • Employers should communicate their employment decisions to candidates as soon as possible. If delays arise within the hiring process, employers should provide updates to the candidate, if possible.
  • All employment offers should be in writing.
  • Occasionally, students may make requests for additional time to make their decision. We hope that you will consider these requests so that students may fully explore all opportunities and seek the advice of CSE Career Services if needed.
  • Exploding offers or other time-sensitive incentives that could place undue pressure on students are prohibited.

The College of Science and Engineering also asks that employers comply with the following recruiting timelines for fall and spring recruitment cycles:

Fall Recruitment

  • For summer intern to full-time conversion offers and returning internship offers: 
    • The employment offer must remain open until Oct. 15 or a minimum of three weeks, whichever occurs later. 
  • For new internship and full-time positions:
    • The employment offer must remain open for a minimum of three weeks.
  • For new co-op positions:
    • The employment offer must remain open for a minimum of two weeks, unless offer is given within one month of start date.

Spring Recruitment 

  • The employment offer must remain open for a minimum of two weeks.

CSE Career Services is available to answer any questions about employment offers. Please contact us at 612-624-4090 or

On-campus interviewing:

Due to the high demand for interview space the days following the fair, employers are allowed a maximum of two rooms. For the days following a fair, employers who cancel after the given cancellation deadline or do not show up on the day of their scheduled interviews will be charged a $50 fee per room reserved. 

Position postings:

To access online recruiting services, each employer representative is required to obtain an account with Handshake. Each organization and representative must be approved by a member of University of Minnesota Career Services. By using Handshake, employers agree to follow the policies outlined in the Handshake Employer User Agreement.

All position postings are reviewed by a CSE or University Career Services staff member. Job postings are evaluated for appropriateness and professionalism, and must align with the majors offered at the University of Minnesota. Any position postings that violate the User Agreement will be removed.

For more information visit the UMN Recruiting Policies webpage.