Campus Recruiting Policies

Princeton University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity in all hiring and employment practices and to ensuring equitable access to opportunities. All employment professionals participating in the Campus Recruiting Program (this includes postings, on-campus interviews, employer information sessions, meet-ups, coffee chats and other visibility events and programs coordinated in conjunction with Career Services) must agree to work within a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing and selection practices as stipulated in the Nondiscrimination Policy of Princeton University, the NACE Principles for Professional Practice and the United States Department of Labor FLSA Guidelines (as it relates to paid vs. unpaid internships) as well as abide by the recruiting and offer policies outlined below.

Recruiting organizations that do not comply with our Campus Recruiting Policies, including Offer Policy, as outlined below risk losing the support of Career Services for their Princeton recruiting. 

Job Posting Policy

Please note that we do not accept postings from the following:

  • Third party recruiters
  • Employers posting full-time positions that do not require at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Employers posting internships that do not require the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree
  • Employers offering full-time positions listed with a rate of pay lower than minimum wage (internships may be unpaid or compensated with a stipend)
  • Employers offering internships that do not provide a learning environment supported by supervision for their interns
  • Employers using personal email address (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, etc.); employer must always use their business email addresses
  • Employers that charge program fees to students

Inclement Weather Policy

If the University is closed for non-essential personnel at any point during the year, all on-campus recruiting activities, including interviews and information sessions, will be cancelled. Interviews and information sessions will be rescheduled for the earliest available date. This is to ensure the safety of our employers, students, and staff during unfavorable weather conditions.  Whenever inclement weather is predicted that may lead to the delay or closure of campus, Career Services staff will make every effort to notify and coordinate alternate scheduling accommodations with employers and students the day prior to scheduled interviews.

Decisions regarding University closings are generally posted in the early morning hours on the Princeton University home page. To confirm whether the University is closed due to inclement weather, please call the University weather alert hotline at 609-258-SNOW. During inclement weather, the Employer Relations Team members may also be reached at recruit@princeton.edu(link sends e-mail).

Scheduling Policy

All employers participating in our on-campus recruiting program are required to use our HireTigers system (powered by Handshake) for posting positions and scheduling on-campus interviews at Princeton Career Services. In a rare occasion where employers are required to use other scheduling systems by their own organizations, they must provide a final schedule at least 72 hours in advance of their on-campus interview date. Failure to provide this information may result in the cancellation of your assigned interview date.

All on-campus interviews and information sessions must be held at the Office of Career Services or in Princeton campus buildings assigned by Career Services. Please see the Registration Guide section for more information.

Please note that alcohol is strictly prohibited in the On-Campus Recruiting Program. As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we abide by the Principles for Professional Conduct, which state that serving alcohol is inadvisable and should not be part of the recruitment process.

Career Services reserves the right to attend and assess all events and programs scheduled through our office.

Recruiting Fee Related Policy

  • Payment must be received within 5 business days from the invoice date. If paying by a check, send a copy of your check request to recruit@princeton.edu within 5 business days from the invoice date, along with the date the check will be received. Reservation will be confirmed upon payment (or check-processing notification).

  • Refunds are available if a cancellation request is received in writing to recruit@princeton.edu at least six (6) weeks prior to the event or interviews. There will be a 25% processing fee.

  • No-show and late cancellation (less than 6 weeks of your scheduled date) will be charged 100% of reservation fees.

  • Organizations with an outstanding balance will be prevented from reserving any activities until full payment is received.

  • If your organization is using either Prospect House or Nassau Inn, there will be a $100 processing fee charged by Career Services per event.

Second-Round Interview Policy

Our second round interview policy is intended to give students the opportunity to be able to attend all scheduled first-round interviews with employers of their choice. Students should not be asked to cancel a first-round interview in order to attend a second-round interview. Employers should make every effort to accommodate candidates’ class and interview schedules.

Employers who violate the “Second-Round Interview Policy” will be subject to penalties, which may include being unable to schedule interviews during the first two weeks of the next recruiting season in which they participate.

To ensure that students have the opportunity to participate in all first-round interviews they have signed up for, we have policy guidelines in place for scheduling off-campus second-round interviews.


Fall 2017 full-time and internship positions
 Second-round interviews cannot be offered outside the Princeton area between September 18-24 (the first week of fall interviews). After September 25, employers MUST give students advance notice of at least five business days to leave the Princeton area.
Spring 2018 full-time positions and internships Second-round interviews cannot be offered outside the Princeton area between February 5-11 (the first week of spring interviews). After February 12, employers MUST give students advance notice of at least five business days to leave the Princeton area.

Offer Policy

We encourage all employers to provide a reasonable time frame for students to consider all full-time and internship opportunities and offers. We have outlined our offer deadline policies below. Please note that Princeton University Career Services explicitly prohibits any practice that improperly influences or pressures students to accept offers earlier than the time frames posted below. This includes exploding offers to induce early acceptance via bonuses, frequent phone calls to students, the ability to choose a particular department and assignment, etc.

All employers participating in the Campus Recruiting Program, including postings, on-campus interviews, employer information sessions, meet-ups, coffee chats and other visibility events and programs coordinated in conjunction with Career Services, will be expected to follow the Offer Policy. Employers who violate the “Offer Policy” will be subject to penalties that may include forfeiture of the use of Career Services programs, including on-campus interviewing, participation in employer information sessions and other visibility programs and events, for the following academic year. 

Offers made through summer recruiting

All offers made through summer recruiting must abide by the deadlines as follows.
Full-Time: November 17, 2017
Internship: December 8, 2017
Full-time offers presented to summer interns  If employers make full-time offers at the end of the summer to interns, the interns should be given until November 17, 2017 to make a decision, so that these students may participate in the Fall On-Campus Recruiting Program.
Internship offers presented at end of internship If employers make internship offers to interns to return for a second internship the following summer, the interns should be given until December 8, 2017 to make a decision. 
Full-time offers presented to students through fall recruiting If employers make full-time offers to students through fall recruiting, students should be given until December 8, 2017 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later).
Internship offers presented to students through fall recruiting (November – December) If employers make internship offers to students through fall recruiting, students should be given until December 8, 2017 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later).
Internship and Full-time offers presented to students through spring recruiting (February – April) If employers make internship offers to students through spring recruiting, students should be given until March 2, 2018 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later).
Offers made through summer recruiting All offers made through summer recruiting must abide by the deadlines as follows. Full-Time: November 16, 2018Internship: December 7, 2018

Deferred Start Date/ Rescinded Offers

Should there be a need for your organization to defer start dates or rescind offers for Princeton students, we request that you notify our office prior to contacting those students who are impacted by this decision. We would like the opportunity to discuss with you and the student(s) involved and the particular circumstances surrounding the deferred start date or rescinded offer (i.e., compensation issues, new start date, etc.).

Recruiting organizations that fail to comply with this request risk losing their recruiting privileges at Princeton University.

Event and Program Advertising Policy

Career Services is happy to broadly publicize information sessions, recruiting programs and events that are coordinated in conjunction with our office and posted within our Handshake system. We can work with your organization to design a broad publicity plan as well as a more targeted campaign. Please note that on- and off-campus events and programs that are not coordinated with Career Services are not eligible for promotion in our system. For additional visibility, you may wish to use the hashtag #HireTigers on Twitter when using social media to reach the Princeton community.