Employers

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Hire someone who can make an immediate impact with your organization. As one of the world’s top public universities, UB has a diverse student body that is filled with smart, talented individuals who are ready to prove themselves for you.

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Why Hire-A-Bull

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier public research university that values and pursues academic excellence. We attract exceptional students who are curious, engaged with their studies and determined to succeed while making a difference in the world.

Snapshot

Student Body (head count)
  • 31,503 (Fall 2018)
  • 21,607 undergraduate
  • 9,896 graduate and professional
 
Degrees Awarded
  • 8,643 (May 2018)
 
Employment
  • 6,043 full-time equivalent employees (2017-2018)
 
Faculty
  • 2,533 total faculty (2017-2018)
  • Undergraduate student to undergraduate instructional faculty ratio: 13 to 1 (2017-2018)
 
Alumni
  • More than 260,000 in 148 countries
  • More than 135,000 in New York state
International Student Information

Most international students are on an F1 Visa. There are two types of off campus work authorizations these students can apply for: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) –usually used for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT) –usually used post-graduation, but may also be used for internships.

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Post jobs, internships and view resumes to get the right candidate for you. Bullseye powered by Handshake helps you to easily find, recruit and hire the best UB talent by connecting with students both online and/or on campus.

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Attention UB On Campus Employers

View how-to create an On Campus Employer Account for special instructions.

Other Ways to Recruit

Career Fairs

We host large and small fairs to connect you in-person and virtually with UB students.

Tips for Recruiting at Career Fairs

  • Let students know you are coming to the Job + Internship Fair ahead of time. Search, message and invite students to come visit your table at the fair, all right in Bullseye powered by Handshake. Learn more about sending students a message.
  • Bring swag! Something that students can see, touch or interact with. That's always an attention grabber.
  • Stand out. Be a walking, talking billboard for your organization. Bring table cloths, banners, wear matching shirts and again, more swag. Students want to know who you are and be able to easily see you from across the room.
  • Collect resumes or at least have a way to collect contact information at the fair, instead of “Thanks for coming! Now apply online.” Students want to feel accomplished after leaving your booth, not disappointed that they could have applied online in their room. It’s just one more reason why they will feel excited to see you.
  • Stay until the end. We know that you might need to catch a plane or a train, but please don't leave early. You might be missing the perfect candidate because they decided to come after class instead of skipping it.

Plus+ Be social. Post, tweet or share, telling #UBuffalo students you're coming to @UBuffalo for the Job + Internship Fair. And don’t forget to tag and follow UB Career Services!

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Attention UB On Campus Employers

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Traveling to UB

Career Services is located at 259 Capen Hall, in the heart of the North Campus.

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Recruiting Guidelines

University at Buffalo Recruiting Principles

The University at Buffalo (UB) Career Services office utilizes the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers as its framework for which its recruitment processes function.  UB Career Services expects its employer partners to adhere to these principles as well as all federal, state and local government Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations, along with UB policies and provisions.  

Third Party Recruiters

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), third-party recruiters are defined as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own agency needs. This definition includes, but is not limited to, employment agencies, search firms, contract recruiters, and resume referral firms.

UB Career Services requires the following of third party recruiters:

  • Disclose to the student the name of the client that the third-party recruiter is representing and obtain written consent from the student prior to release of any student information to any employer/client-employer.
  • Share the name of the employer/client-employer for each posting to UB Career Services upon request for verification purposes including positions for which they recruit at career fairs.
  • Clearly state in the posting that they are acting as a third party recruiter on behalf of an employer/client-employer.
  • Will not disclose student information for other than the original recruiting purposes nor sell or provide to other entities. 
  • At career fairs, will represent specific employers who have authorized them and will disclose to students and to UB Career Services in advance, the names of the represented employers.

Employers with commission based opportunities, purchases or fees

Those offering commission based compensation, purchasing of a franchise, product/service, or any fees to the student must clearly and fully disclose this information in the posting as well as in any interview or recruitment conversations prior to offers. Note:  A draw against future earnings is considered commission based.  

Alcohol

The serving of alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process on or off campus.

Internships

For-profit organizations unable to offer a paid internship should review the following from the Department of Labor and adhere to all guidelines as outlined.

Brand and Service Promotions

Any employer seeking a candidate to promote a product, service, or website to other students on campus will not be able to utilize UB Career Services for this purpose.  Examples might include: Campus brand ambassadors, Campus managers/representatives, Campus marketing assistants. In addition, the Computer and Network Use Policy prohibits the use of UB computing resources for “personal or private commercial purposes or for financial gain”.

Private Residence Opportunities

UB Career Services posts jobs for students and graduates seeking opportunities at companies and organizations to advance them towards their professional goals and careers. Private residence positions are unable to be considered.

Right to Refuse Service

UB Career Services reserves the right to refuse service to employers whose posting, policies or procedures appear to violate the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and fair treatment for all, regardless of race, color, sex, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or status as a military veteran; if opportunities are deemed to not be in the best interests of the student as well as factors such as the following:

  • Misrepresentation by lack of information or dishonesty.
  • Fraud.
  • Complaints by students.
  • Harassment of students, alumni or staff.
  • Breach of confidentiality.
  • Requiring personal information such as bank and social security numbers when not part of the hiring process or at time of application.
  • Positions not likely to be of interest to college students or alumni.
  • Failure to adhere to federal, state, local laws or University at Buffalo rules and regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internships

The UB Career Services office acts as a liaison between employers and university academic departments. Career Services works to market internship opportunities for students as well as assist them in conducting their internship search, but does not grant academic credit for approved internships.

Internships can be either paid or unpaid and may or may not be credit bearing. If you are willing to support a student in receiving academic credit the student must contact his/her academic department. All internship credit is granted by an academic department or school/college and students are not guaranteed credit for their internship with your organization. The number of hours a student must complete is determined by the academic department, college, or school. Employers are free to determine the salary or hourly wage for a paid internship as long as it meets the New York State hourly minimum wage requirement. Commission-only experiences will not be posted as internships.

The following is based upon information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) the leading source of employment information and trends regarding the college educated workforce, as well as on the U.S. Department of Labor standards:

Must an intern be paid?

You can offer an unpaid internship as long as the intern receives academic credit for the experience. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) severely restricts an employer's ability to use unpaid interns. It does not limit an employer's ability to hire paid interns. Essentially, if you are a for-profit company, you must either pay the intern, or require that he/she earn academic credit. Many academic programs allow students to earn credit and get paid at the same time, others do not. Please check with the student’s academic program for the most accurate information.

The Department of Labor stipulates that an intern is considered a “learner/trainee” and therefore can be unpaid, if:

  • The training is similar to what a student might experience in a vocational school, even though taking place at the employer’s facilities.
  • The training is for the benefit of the student.
  • The student works under direct supervision of a regular employee and does not displace a regular employee.
  • The student is not entitled to a job at the end of the training period.
  • The employer provides training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student.
  • The employer and the student both agree that the student is not entitled to wages for the training.

Can an intern be considered an independent contractor or volunteer?

No, on both counts. In a typical internship, the employer exercises control over the result to be accomplished and manner by which the result is achieved. Due to this, a student intern may not be considered an independent contractor. This means that an intern cannot be paid as an independent contractor, either. The Department of Labor (DOL) regulations define a volunteer as an individual who provides services to a public agency for civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons without promise or expectation of compensation for services rendered. Thus, an intern at any for-profit company would not fit the definition of a volunteer.

After completing an internship, is an intern entitled to unemployment compensation?

No. Interns generally are not entitled to unemployment compensation after completing an internship.

Is the employer liable if the intern is hurt at the workplace?

This is a complex issue and one with no definitive answer. Generally, if an intern is on the payroll, he or she should be covered under the employer’s workers’ compensation policy, just like all other regular employees. If the intern is unpaid and earning academic credit for the internship, he or she is most likely covered under the school’s policies should an injury occur. It is strongly advised, however, that employers who regularly recruit unpaid interns purchase a rider policy for volunteers at their workplaces, as this would prevent students from suing an employer for negligence with unlimited damages. In most cases, the courts look for employer negligence as the basis for any claims.

Will the university sign a "hold harmless" agreement or release of liability?

No. State University of New York (SUNY) administrators may not sign a hold harmless agreement or release of liability, according to statewide policy. This policy is in accordance with the principles defined by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). While credit-bearing internships protect the student under SUNY insurance, it is the state's, and therefore the school’s position, that the school is not responsible for the actions a student may take independently. As the school does not select students for the employer and the employer controls the workplace, company employment policies and the intern’s assignment, signing a hold harmless agreement is not appropriate.

Finding the Right Talent

Your recruitment needs are top of mind. While we, the University at Buffalo (UB) Career Services, serve every student at UB, no matter what program or school, you may wish to work with other college specific career offices such as the School of Management Career Resource Center and the School of Law Career Services & Professional Development. We are happy to work together with other UB career offices to make recruiting students from different disciplines or programs as easy as possible for you.

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are various student clubs and organizations at the University at Buffalo. Review your options to connect with students below.

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Meet the Employer and Alumni Relations Team

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Judith Applebaum

Employer Relations Manager

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Carrie Johnson

Employer and Alumni Relationship Associate

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Josiah Kachelmeyer

Employer and Alumni Assistant