Recruiting at Princeton

The Center for Career Development offers a range of options to support your recruiting needs, build the brand of your organization on campus and engage with undergraduate and graduate students at Princeton.

All recruiting for the 2020-2021 academic school year will take place virtually. We remain available to support your organization in your virtual engagement efforts with Princeton students through programs and events listed below. Due to COVID-19, we highly discourage in-person interviews for both first and second round. We recommend that you adhere to the Princeton University travel policy for undergraduate students.

Ways to Recruit Princeton Students

Post Jobs & Internships

Advertise your opportunities to students through Handshake or UCAN, an internship-only site that is shared by selective member schools, including Princeton.

With on-campus interviews

Each year we facilitate on-campus interviews for organizations that prefer to meet and interview Princeton students in person. Employers conducting on-campus interviews are required to post the corresponding opportunities in Handshake.

For employers considering posting remote work opportunities, please see our guide to assist you.  

Attend Career Fairs

Career fairs are held throughout the year and are open to all undergraduate and graduate Princeton students. This is an opportunity for you to speak with students about your open positions, organization and industry.

Upcoming career fairs 

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Week

  • Dates
    • Feb. 2-3: Panel discussions
    • Feb. 4: Interviews
    • Feb. 5: Fair
  • Have questions? Contact Pamela Cohen, associate director, career advising. 

Spring HireTigers Career Fair

Present Career Education Workshops & Information Sessions

Workshops are educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students covering various career paths, or bolster industry or career development skills. Workshops should offer general information that students can transfer to a variety of organizations.

Information sessions are an opportunity to convey information specific to your particular organization and industry.

You can schedule a workshop or information session in Handshake

Host Students at Your Organization

Help students investigate career fields and make professional connections through one of our experiential programs. Volunteer opportunities occur at your workplace and include:

  • Princeternship (ranging from one day to two weeks) during the winter break for students to shadow Princeton alumni in your organization and participate in short-term projects at your work site. This insider view of a job and industry is indispensable in helping students explore options and confirm choices. Princeternships can occur throughout the country.
  • Site visits are short trips to your work site with a group of Princeton students and typically happen at locations near Princeton.
  • Industry treks happen during mid-semester breaks, and allow for a small group of students to visit your work site to compare and contrast it with other visits on the same day. If you can host a small group of students for a visit, we can work with you to determine whether a site visit or an industry trek is the best format.

If you are interested in any of these options, email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu.

Coffee Chats

Coffee chats provide students and employers with an opportunity to connect with each other in a more informal manner without including any selection process. Coffee chat time can be used for employers to share insight into their industries, careers and organizations or offer resume reviews and mock interviews to students.

Tabling Events (not available for 2020-21 academic year)

Typically taking place in Frist Campus Center, tabling events are a great way to increase the visibility of your organization in a busy student-oriented building.

Procedures for On-campus Interviews

Prior to Your Interview Day
  • Schedule for the first round of interviews: All students interviewing with your organization must be listed in Handshake at least 24 hours prior to your interview date or by 3 p.m. on Friday if your interview date is on the following Monday. Students who are not listed in your Handshake schedule will not be allowed to enter the Interview Suite.
  • Schedule for the second of interviews: You must provide the full interview schedule at least one business day prior to your interview date.
  • If you already know names of interviewers who will be visiting Princeton, please send their names and email addresses to recruit@princeton.edu. This will help expedite the check-in process upon your arrival.
Arrival at the Center for Career Development
  • The Center for Career Development will open at 8:15 a.m. on your interview day. Please plan accordingly.
  • We ask all employer partners to enter through our main door of the building (facing University Place) and to stop by our front desk on the second floor.
  • At the front desk, you will be asked to sign in and present your employee ID. All employers have to present their employee IDs and sign in individually, even if you arrive as a group.
  • Interview Suite Access Keycard
    • After signing in at the front desk, we will provide you with an interview suite access keycard. If there are more representatives from the same organization than the number of interview rooms reserved, you will be asked to share a keycard with your colleagues.
    • Interview suite access keycard allows you to enter the suite from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on your interview date. Since the door to the interview suite is locked all the time, you will have to keep it with you every time you exit the suite.
    • At the end of your interview day, you must return the keycard at the reception desk within the Interview Suite on the third floor.
    • There is a $50 fee for each unreturned interview suite access keycard.
Employer Lounge within the Interview Suite
  • The lounge cannot be reserved and will be shared with all employers conducting interviews that day. If you need an extra room for briefing or to work during the interview time, please consult with the employer engagement team at least three weeks prior to your scheduled interview date.
  • To be respectful to other employers in the space, please kindly remain quiet in the Employer Lounge and leave the door open at all times.