Employer Offer Guidelines and On-Campus Interviewing Policies

Offer Guidelines

Offers with very quick response deadlines put enormous pressure on our students to make hasty decisions on full-time or internship opportunities. Most students are not ready, nor should they be, to make these commitments before completing their interviews. Furthermore, students receiving offers with very tight reply deadlines often call other employers in an attempt to arrange early interviews, thus greatly inconveniencing those organizations.  Pressure from employers to quickly accept offers also increases the possibility that students may choose to renege on an opportunity, which the Career Services office advises strongly students against. We therefore strongly encourage all employers to adhere to the following guidelines when hiring Penn students.

Offers Extended After January 1, 2021 for 2021 Start Dates

We ask that internship and full-time offers extended after January 1, 2021 be held open for at least one week. In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond these deadlines; we hope you can accommodate them. Most employers have been very understanding and willing to give our students the time they need. We appreciate your cooperation in the past, and ask for your flexibility in the future.

Full-time and Internship Offers for Summer 2022 Start Dates

Full-time offers extended to returning interns or others interviewed prior to September 1, 2021:   We request that you give students until Monday, October 11, 2021 to decide on offers so that these students will have the option to participate in recruiting activities during fall 2021.

Full-time offers extended between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021:   We ask employers extending full-time offers through fall 2021 (for summer 2022 start dates), to give students two weeks or until Monday, November 1, 2021, whichever is later, to decide on the offer.

Summer 2022 Internship Offers: We ask employers extending Summer 2022 internship offers to give students two weeks or until Monday, November 1, 2021, whichever is later, to decide on the offer. We also encourage you to provide this deadline for returning interns whom you have invited back for a second summer internship.

Offers Extended After January 1, 2022 for 2022 Start Dates

We ask that internship and full-time offers extended after January 1, 2022 be held open for at least one week. In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond these deadlines; we hope you can accommodate them. Most employers have been very understanding and willing to give our students the time they need. We appreciate your cooperation in the past, and ask for your flexibility in the future.

Confidentiality Policy

All materials received from our students (letters, resumes, transcripts, via email or hard copy), should be shared only with those persons at your firm involved in the hiring process. Please do not forward emails from students to others inside or outside your organization. Forwarding these messages not only causes embarrassment for applicants, it also creates a negative impression of your organization.

Alcohol and Recruiting Policy

We know that you are anxious to host students in as gracious a manner as possible during the recruiting process, but please do not serve alcoholic beverages. Serving alcohol to underage individuals is against the law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in other states. While it is not illegal to serve alcohol to those 21 or over, it puts all students in an uncomfortable position, as they may feel pressured to drink whether they want to or not. By serving alcohol, you are giving the impression that drinking is a requisite part of the work environment at your organization. Students who, for personal or religious reasons, do not drink may be dissuaded from accepting employment with your firm. Furthermore, please do not hold recruiting events in bars or clubs. These requests are in keeping with University policies, and the policies of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to: Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or by phone at (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).