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Cal Poly Career Services is committed to supporting your recruiting efforts through campus interviews, networking sessions, career fairs, and job/internship postings. To ensure Cal Poly students are making informed, ethical, and timely decisions about their job and internship offers, the following policies and procedures should guide your hiring strategies.*

Review the full list of Cal Poly's recruitment responsibilities and guidelines.

Job & Internship Policies

Recruiting Guidelines

Employers seeking to recruit Cal Poly students must adhear to Equal Employment Opportunity laws and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Employment Professionals. Under FERPA, Cal Poly prohibits the disclosure of a student's protected information to third parties. Cal Poly Career Services makes its services available to employers who do not unlawfully discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Offers & Deadlines

Recognizing that students need time to make informed decisions, employers should allow Cal Poly students sufficient time to carefully consider their employment options. Allowing a student ample time to consider and accept their offer minimizes the possibility of rescinding. The following guidelines are intended to provide students and employers with a fair and transparent timeline for managing the offer phase of the process in this progressively competitive job market. Employers who recruit through Cal Poly Career Services should follow these policies:

  • During Fall term, students will have until at least November 15 to accept or decline any offer.
  • For students who receive offers for full-time employment at the conclusion of their summer internship, employers should allow until November 1.
  • After November 1 of the academic year, employers will allow a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer for students to accept or decline.
  • Employers are encouraged to be flexible in granting offer extensions on a case-by-case basis if circumstances warrant.

Exploding Offers

Cal Poly expects employers to honor all offers made to students and that no conditions will be placed on the offer. No special incentive should be held out to induce early acceptance of an offer, nor should a student be subjected to the terms of an exploding offer. The term "exploding offer" is used to indicate a very quick response time, reduction in offer package, or any other practice that puts unreasonable pressure on a student.

Rescinding Offers

Cal Poly utilizes the NACE guidelines when employers rescind an offer. Career Services reserves the right to deny access to on-campus recruiting to any employer who we determine has not conducted their recruiting efforts ethically.

Third Party Recruiters

Third-party representatives or recruiters need to follow the Cal Poly Career Services Third-Party Recruiting Policy. See more at NACE Principles for Professional Practice.

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