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Career Development Center

Recruitment Guidelines

By posting an opportunity at Skidmore College, you certify that you have reviewed and agree to the following standards, as well as those set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

Campus Recruiting Offer Policy 

Skidmore College encourages employers to give a reasonable time for students to respond to an offer. This decision impacts both their future professional and personal life. We ask that employers try to be flexible when working with students who may request additional time to make a decision on an offer. We ask employers who extend offers to allow students up to a six weeks, after the initial offer is made, to make a decision.  See NACE’s Reasonable Offer Deadline Guidelines for best practices.

Recruiters must provide complete contact information.

 All employers must include the following information in their Handshake accounts or postings:

  • A current and verifiable physical address for the company
  • A current and verifiable contact at the company, with both a direct phone number and e-mail to the contact

Third Party Recruiters

Third-party companies, such as staffing agencies, recruiters, and executive search firms will only be allowed to post on Handshake if:

  • The name of the hiring agency and the name of the specific company for whom they are hiring are clearly stated in the posting description; or,
  • The posting is for an internal position within the agency itself

Professional/Career Opportunities

All postings must be pre-professional or career focused in nature, as well as geared towards undergraduate students or recent grads.  The CDC considers the following to not meet the above standard:

  • An opportunity taking place in the personal residence of the poster (e.g. babysitting, tutoring, etc.)
  • Non-specialized camp staff/counselor positions
  • Solely commission based pay
  • Any posting that requires a graduate degree or more than 3 years of work experience after graduation
  • Positions focused on soliciting/canvassing
  • Fully remote positions that are unpaid

Appropriate opportunities from these categories may be posted with Skidmore’s Student Employment Office.

Unpaid internships/volunteering

Employers certify that they are abiding by any and all Federal and State regulations, including, but not limited to, the FLSA and local labor laws.  While Skidmore College cannot determine whether any unpaid opportunity fully satisfies the Department of Labor’s criteria, we take extreme caution to protect our students and will not accept any opportunities we believe may be in violation.  Prior to posting a position with the Career Development Center, please take a moment to review information on the U.S. Department of Labor's Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Buy-in/Fee for Service

No posting will be approved if there is an expectation of payment from the applicant to the posting organization to purchase access or opportunity.  Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the Skidmore CDC’s sole discretion for legitimate organizations providing unique services to students.

Work Authorization

Skidmore College has a strong and growing family of international students—more than 250 students from nearly 70 countries.  In order to provide these students with clarity in their searches, the CDC would appreciate if you could indicate your international hiring policy using the below options:

  • We can hire candidates who will need visa application sponsorship for employment authorization (H1-B)
  • We can hire candidates eligible to work in the United States in conjunction with their F-1 student status (OPT – no visa sponsorship required)
  • We can hire candidates who have work eligibility through DACA
  • We can hire non-citizen candidates, but only for positions not based in the United States
  • We can only hire candidates with U.S. citizenship, Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), or other current work authorization in the U.S. for this opportunity
  • Our hiring practices for international candidates is not accurately described by any of the above (please elaborate)


All organizations seeking to recruit with Skidmore agree to the following:

Our organization does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Our organization is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Marijuana and Cannabis Industry

Skidmore's Career Development Center will not accept companies or positions involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and Skidmore receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law. In addition, the use of marijuana violates the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and continues to be banned on campus.

Skidmore Career Development Center Right of Refusal

The CDC retains all right to accept, deny, block, and/or remove any posting or organization which violates the above standards or is in conflict with Skidmore College’s mission statement.

If you feel that a determination has been made in error, please email