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The University at Buffalo (UB) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the UB community. University at Buffalo Career Design Center will be modifying service delivery methods.
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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.
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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.
We have private interview rooms available for you to interview on campus. Please login to Bullseye powered by Handshake to Request an Interview.
To ensure the health and safety of the UB community all interviews with UB students transition from in-person to virtual.
UB Career Design Center staff will work directly with all employers to provide guidance in utilizing video conferencing technology, such as Zoom, as an alternative way to interview candidates.
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Career Services is located at 259 Capen Hall, in the heart of the North Campus.
By acting in accordance with these policies and guidelines, individuals and organizations can help the Career Design Center maintain a professional, fair and successful recruiting environment for all parties concerned. Your use of both our services and the Handshake platform constitutes your binding agreement to the following policies.
NOTE: These principles are not all-inclusive; they are intended to serve as a framework within which the Career Design Center processes should function, and as a foundation upon which professionalism can be promoted.
The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction status.
The Career Design Center at the University at Buffalo maximizes employment and internship opportunities for its students by offering a range of services to facilitate recruitment of prospective candidates. The Career Design Center requires that any recruiting organization or individual utilizing services, must abide by all applicable federal, state, and local employment laws, including Equal Employment Opportunity laws, New York State, local rules and regulations, the University at Buffalo’s Notice of Non-Discrimination, University policies and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Ethical Professional Practice.
The Handshake system (Bullseye powered by Handshake) is the web-based portal for publicizing all bona fide full-time, part-time, seasonal, and short-term positions and 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 fees, fundraising, investments, payment for training, or payment to participate, or offering items or services for sale, will not be provided recruitment services.
UB Career Design Center 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:
All employers recruiting with the University at Buffalo are asked to review all best practices on diversity and inclusion recruitment and hiring before connecting with UB talent. Resources can be found on Handshake and NACE.
For-profit organizations unable to offer a paid internship should review the following guidelines from the Department of Labor.
The following is required from every company or organization recruiting through UB Career Design Center’s Bullseye powered by Handshake system and will be the basis for consideration for approval in addition to the Recruiting Policies listed above.
The Career Design 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 and attend select career fairs. Third-party firms who are recruiting for positions within their own organizations must clearly differentiate those opportunities from their client engagements. The Career Design Center will not provide services to organizations wishing to promote their job board or website. Positions posted in Handshake by third party employers must be individual and specific.
The Career Design Center will not approve teaching or volunteer abroad positions in Handshake and may not work with companies who place and organize teacher/volunteer abroad positions due to the financial requirements of the applicants to partake in such opportunities. The Career Design Center does not currently have the ability to review and vet teach/volunteer abroad companies.
The Career Design Center has established these criteria for identifying appropriate entrepreneurial employment opportunities for promotion through its services. Start-ups must have progressed sufficiently in their business development process so that they can:
In compliance with the University's policy prohibiting the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs, employers should not serve alcoholic beverages at any employer-related functions held on or off-campus.
UB Career Design Center will not accept companies or positions involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana or hemp. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and UB receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law.
By completing the Handshake registration form and submitting resumes and other application materials for opportunities posted on Handshake, students provide the Career Design Center authorization to release employment materials to those selected prospective employers. Employment professionals must maintain the confidentiality of all student information released to them, regardless of the source, including personal documents, written records/reports, and computer databases. This means that there should be no disclosure of student information to another organization without the prior written consent of the student, unless necessitated by health and/or safety considerations, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Any employer seeking a candidate to promote a product, service, or website to students on campus will not be able to utilize UB Career Design Center for this purpose.
Examples might include:
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.”
All employers must represent a recognized business with a business location and address. Due to this guideline, we currently review and consider part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities on behalf of companies and organizations. Unfortunately, we do not approve personal advertisements or private residence positions posted by individuals.
The Career Design Center strives to support employers with their recruiting efforts and assist our students in making informed career decisions. Thus, we expect that all employers abide by the following offer policy which allows students sufficient time to carefully consider employment options and act. Employment professionals will refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptance. Such practices may include undue time pressure for acceptance of employment offers and encouragement of revocation of another employment offer. The Career Design Center understands that the landscape of recruitment is very competitive, especially when searching for the best talent. We have established these guidelines to provide students and employers a fair, transparent and up-to-date framework for managing the offer phase of the recruitment process.
Students need time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to offers. To facilitate this process, please provide students with a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer, but preferably longer, to accept or decline. In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond this deadline; we encourage you to accommodate their requests whenever possible.
Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers including those requiring a quick response time, nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses, reduced options for location preferences, etc. Further, asking a student to make a decision on the spot is also considered inappropriate.
Exploding offers put undue pressure on students to make decisions before completing the interview process and does not give them ample time to weigh employment options and make informed decisions. We discourage students from making rushed decisions about offers for which they cannot fully abide.
We strongly encourage employers to consider every alternative before revoking an offer of employment.
The Career Design Center reserves the right to make exceptions to these policies and guidelines as warranted by special circumstances, i.e., in certain situations deemed to be acceptable and beneficial to our students, the Career Design Center, the University, or recruiters using our services. Such exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any exception made does not constitute a change in policy, nor is there a guarantee that this same decision will apply in the future.
The Career Design Center staff will investigate all allegations by users of our services including job postings and employers. During an investigation, we may revoke an employer’s use of our services including access to Bullseye powered by Handshake. If the Career Design Center determines that a complaint is justified, we may choose not to offer or continue to allow recruiting activities to the employer. The Career Design Center will notify the employer in writing of the decision.
The UB Career Design Center office acts as a liaison between employers and university academic departments. The Career Design Center 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:
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:
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.
No. Interns generally are not entitled to unemployment compensation after completing an internship.
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.
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.
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.