Want to connect with potential employers right here on campus? Our Employer Relations and Outreach team develops relationships with employers in a wide range of industries to identify and promote job/internship opportunities for all students. The on-campus recruiting program gives you the opportunity to attend information sessions and interviews without leaving the campus community. This is a valuable Princeton career resource, and we encourage you to use it to your full advantage.
The first few weeks of each semester tend to be the busiest, although organizations may recruit at different times depending on available positions. Employers may hold interviews in the Career Services offices.
Land an Interview
Here's how to manage your candidacy for on-campus recruitment.
Step 1: Apply
- To arrange a campus interview, you must apply through Handshake before the specified application deadline. Some employers may ask you to apply through both Handshake and their websites. In such a situation, job descriptions in Handshake will provide the instructions.
- After submitting the required materials (usually a cover letter and resume), the employer will review your application and decide whether or not they would like to schedule an interview.
Step 2: Monitor Your Application
You will be able to monitor the status of any positions you apply for through Handshake. Employers use the system to post and manage job openings. Keep an eye on your application. Once the employer has reviewed it, you will see one of the following statuses next to the position:
- Accepted: The employer has accepted your application for an interview
- Alternate: The employer has accepted you as an alternate candidate
- Declined: The employer has declined your application for an interview
If you are “Accepted” or “Alternate,” you will receive a notification about when and how to schedule your interview. through Handshake. Note that being an alternate does not guarantee an interview slot.
Step 3: Prepare for Your Interview
Interviews are usually 30 minutes, but this varies by employer and position. If you advance to the interview stage, the tips and strategies in this section can help you get ready. Note that it is your responsibility to fully review and follow the Princeton Student Community Standards for Recruiting.
Please note that Princeton University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity in all hiring and employment practices. All employment professionals wishing to recruit on-campus or post positions are required to work within a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing and selection techniques and guidelines. This includes the recruiting and offer policies set forth by The Office of Career Services, 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). If you have a concern about an interaction you have had with an employer, please contact Olga Hancock, senior associate director of employer & alumni engagement & outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.