Curious about campus recruiting? Here are answers to some of the most common questions. For the 2020-21 academic year, all recruiting activities – information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, interviews and more – will be virtual.
- What is recruiting?
Dozens of organizations participate in internship and full-time recruiting here at Princeton as part of the on-campus recruiting program. Many summer programs for undergraduate and graduate students sponsored by Princeton have fall semester application deadlines too. The largest recruiting events of the year for jobs and internships are the HireTigers Career Fairs in the fall and spring.
- What is campus recruiting?
Campus recruiting gives students the opportunity to attend information sessions, employer-led career education programs and interviews for internships and full-time positions without leaving campus. Information sessions are held throughout campus and interviews are held in the Center for Career Development (above the U-Store).
For the 2020-21 academic year, all campus recruiting activities – information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, interviews and more – will be virtual.
- Who can participate in campus recruiting?
All currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate and graduate students can participate in the campus recruiting program. Before participating, please read our Community Standards for Recruiting for policies and procedures. Please note that in order to be considered for an interview, you have to apply to its respective position through Handshake and be selected by the employer.
- Where can I find the campus recruiting policies?
The Center for Career Development has created created Community Standards for Recruiting to help you navigate decisions or challenges that may arise during the recruiting process in a professional manner.
- How do I find information sessions and internship/job postings that are part of the on-campus recruiting program?
Information sessions are regularly being added in Handshake, and internship/job postings associated with the campus recruiting program will be visible and open for applications beginning Aug. 17, 2020.
Not all internship/job postings listed in Handshake are part of the campus recruiting program.
- I don't see anything in on-campus recruiting that interests me. Is that all there is?
There's plenty more opportunities! Not all organizations or industries participate in on-campus recruiting and they often post positions and hire closer to start dates than many organizations that come to campus in the fall. Here are a few resources that have opportunities in multiple fields:
- When does [insert your favorite industry here] typically hire for jobs/internships?
Not all industries recruit in the same way or at the same time.
Recruiting timelines tend to shift a bit each year, and each organization is different. Many of the organizations that participate in on-campus recruiting do the majority of their hiring in the fall. The Center for Career Development is seeing a trend towards early hiring—as much as a full year in advance—for finance internships.
That does not mean that you need to find a job or internship in the fall; there are many positions across a wide range of industries available at different times.
Meet with an adviser to learn more and get started on a plan.
- How do I get some assistance in coming up with a plan, understanding what opportunities are out there and how to pursue them?
Read our Top Five Tips to Prepare for Virtual Recruiting and Community Standards for Recruiting for more information pages for more information. Details about information sessions and individual postings can be found in Handshake.
- What's the difference between the fall and spring sessions of campus recruiting?
Campus recruiting happens in two sessions, mainly corresponding with the academic year. The majority of campus recruiting for full-time and internships opportunities happens in the fall, though there are multiple opportunities and interviews that take place during the spring.