The Career Development Center has created policies to ensure equitable recruiting for all students and safe practices by the employers invested in our community. The policy documents below reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all hiring practices.
Employers and organizations recruiting UM students are expected to abide by and adhere to these policies in addition to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice and the Fair Labor Standards Act. These principles guide our policy for all college recruitment activities.
The Career Center Services office maintains the following policies:
Employers recruiting on campus must maintain EEO compliance and follow affirmative action principles in recruitment activities. Employers should consider all interested students for employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability and provide reasonable accommodations upon request.
We reserve the right to refuse service to employers at the discretion of the Career Development Center staff due to any objectionable activities, including, but not limited to:
The Handshake system is our web-based portal used for publicizing all full-time, part-time, seasonal, and short-term positions as well as other recruiting activities for small and large businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and on-campus employers.
All recruiting organizations or individuals are expected to accurately describe their organizations, positions, and position requirements when posting their information on Handshake or when representing their firms and opportunities at any campus recruiting events.
Companies and/or job postings requiring donations, application and/or background check fees, fundraising, investments, training payment, participation, or offering items or services for sale will not be provided recruitment services.
By registering through Handshake all employers agree to abide by the Career Center’s policy on recruitment outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).NACE Principles and Practices (PDF)
The U.S. Dept. of Labor, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the minimum wage and criteria for determining whether an internship requires compensation in a for-profit organization.Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (PDF)
The Career Development Center reserves the right to decline any internship, job posting, recruiting event, or company that is not compliant with the WP Career Development Center's policies, the NACE Principles, or State/Federal law.
Job Posting Guidelines & Restrictions
Employers offering commission-based employment must fully disclose the compensation structure in any job posting or at any on-campus recruiting event. These positions will be service-eligible on a case-by-case basis.
Employers and individuals offering employment/entrepreneurial opportunities with compensation packages requiring prospective employees to purchase products or services upfront are not permitted to recruit on campus.
Employers/individuals offering employment/entrepreneurial opportunities based on a "pyramid" or "multi-level" networking structure requiring or encouraging the recruitment of others who others recruit to sell products and services will not be permitted to recruit on campus.
We do not post babysitting jobs or other positions where an employee will work out of someone else's dwelling (house, apartment, condo, etc).
The Career Development Center defines third-party recruiters as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities for other organizations rather than for internal positions.
Third-party recruiters may utilize Handshake, participate in on-campus recruiting, and attend select career fairs. They will be required to verify in advance whether they are recruiting for their own organizations or for their clients.
Third-party firms who are recruiting for positions within their own organizations must differentiate those opportunities from their client engagements. Positions posted in Handshake by third-party employers must be individual, specific, and for an active opportunity.
Third-party recruiters representing client organizations must:
Third-Party Recruiter Services:
Review University Third Party Recruiter Policy
For further details, please refer to NACE’s Principles for Third-Party Recruiters and Handshake’s third-party recruiter guidelines.
Employers should satisfy the criteria for acceptable unpaid internships established by the United States Department of Labor (DOL).
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires for-profit private sector employers to pay all employees at the rate of not less than current minimum wage. Employers and organizations seeking to post unpaid internships in Handshake must apply the following six criteria when making the determination not to compensate interns:
Sources: Department of Labor, FLSA Fact Sheet #71 (PDF); NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), Position Statement on U.S. Internships
Compensation & Fees
Employers recruiting interns must abide by all policies including the criteria set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Internships with for-profit companies should be paid at least minimum wage. For-profit companies offering unpaid, stipend, and/or internships that require credit must uphold the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act Internship Fact Sheet #71 (link is external/in resources) 7-factor "primary beneficiary test".
For all internships considered for credit-bearing purposes at William Paterson University, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their academic department's internship coordinator and complete their internal university application for internship credit approval. All internship duties, learning outcomes, or goals need to be vetted by their respective academic departments before a student can receive academic credit for an internship experience.
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