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Recruiting Policies

As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Rice Center for Career Development adheres to the NACE Principles and expects our employers and faculty members to do the same as we strive to best serve Rice students and alumni. 

All position postings and requests for on-campus interviews or presentations are reviewed and approved by the Center for Career Development (CCD). Organizations offering part- or full-time employment that requires any up-front costs to students in order to work, i.e. membership fees; startup fees; fees for lessons; portfolios or placement fees; or the purchase of tools, samples or sales kits will not be allowed to recruit at the Rice University CCD.

The Center for Career Development may review job descriptions posted by any employer for appropriateness and content, and reserves the right to remove any job postings and descriptions without notice or explanation to the employer.

By posting an unpaid internship in RICElink, you agree to the following:

“I understand there are Federal and State guidelines and standards which determine whether interns should be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers. For more information, visit the Federal Department of Labor’s fact sheet here http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm and also identify and review the requirements for the applicable Department of Labor for the State.” By posting an unpaid internship you attest that you have reviewed the Federal and State guidelines and your organization’s unpaid internship meets the required standard.

All cancellations of information sessions must be completed in writing to ccd@rice.edu, three business days in advance of the scheduled event in order to receive a refund. All cancellations or changes to interview schedules in Huff House must be communicated directly to your interviewees, and in writing to ccd@rice.edu.

The Center for Career Development (CCD) adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) policy on recruiting that requires all recruiting activity (including all presentations, interview sessions, and employer-sponsored events on- or off-campus) to be alcohol-free.

The CCD makes its interviewing facilities and position-listing services available to employers who do not unlawfully discriminate in the selection of candidates on the basis of national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Any employer who makes use of University facilities or services must agree to abide by this policy and, if interviewing students, to talk in good faith with students who have been selected for an interview and to refrain from questioning students regarding the above protected classifications.

We recognize that employers have certain constraints in the flexibility they have to accommodate student needs, but we ask employers to refrain from presenting exploding offers, which exert undue pressure on students by making offers with unreasonable time limits (less than two weeks) or time-sensitive penalties. Please allow students the time necessary to make responsible and well-informed decisions about employment offers.

NACE Offer Policy Guidelines

Campus interviews should be directly scheduled and conducted by the organization's employees, rather than by third-party representatives. In cases where third-party representatives are allowed to interview, they must disclose the client(s) they are representing, the type of position, and to whom the student's credentials will be disclosed. The CCD will be permitted to verify this information by contacting the named client(s) to ensure compliance with NACE and Rice University policies. The CCD reserves the right to prohibit third-party recruiting.

The third-party representative will conduct recruiting at Rice under the name of the hiring organization. Under no circumstances can student information be disclosed for any reason other than recruiting purposes with the designated client(s), nor can it be sold or distributed to other entities. Third-party recruiters coming to the Rice campus will represent only one firm during an interview schedule, presentation, or at a booth during a fair or other CCD activity.

Because Rice has the privilege to educate outstanding individuals of varying backgrounds, employers may encounter an international student on their interview schedule. U.S. laws and regulations require certain treatment of international students. Screening candidates based on citizenship or national origin is prohibited. While employers can hire only persons authorized to work in the U.S., there are a number of categories of persons authorized to do so. It is prohibited to ask to which category a person fits. Employers may ask if an applicant is legally authorized to work in the U.S. and may also ask if the applicant will now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status. However, employers may not use visa type as a screening tool to deny a qualified, employment-authorized candidate a position. The only exception is a position posting that specifically states a requirement for U.S. citizenship due to grant funding requirements or other specific regulations. Employers must refrain from asking interview questions regarding a candidate's citizenship or national origin, including questions about primary language, acquisition of foreign language reading skills, residency status, or ancestry. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the CCD.