The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Rensselaer provides opportunities for you to attract and hire students, graduates and alumni to meet your employment needs. Our staff prides itself on providing outstanding services for employers and seeks partnerships with those who are interested in providing enriching and challenging career and work experiences for our students.
We are also proud to be affiliated with NACElink, a Web-based application suite produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Symplicity Corp.
Candidates for Full-time Positions
If you are seeking highly qualified full-time employees, the CCPD staff coordinates the interview and referral process for all students* at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Rensselaer's classes are conducted on a semester calendar; therefore, students are available for employment after graduation in May, August or December. Candidates may be recruited from a wide variety of technically oriented disciplines from the Schools of Architecture, Business, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Science and our Information Technology Program. On-campus interviews take place in both the fall and spring semesters.
Full-time Recruiting Options: You have the choice of recruiting students on campus (preselect) or if you are unable to visit campus, you may post Open Jobs through JobLink. In addition, you may request access to our online CCPD Resume Books to identify potential candidates.
* With the exception of MBA students who are supported by the Lally School Career Services Office.
Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)
If you have short-term projects and would like to bring pre-professionals into your organization that you can evaluate for later full-time employment, you should consider our Cooperative Education Program (Co-op). Rensselaer operates a comprehensive Co-op Program that is centralized in the Center for Career and Professional Development. Students from all disciplines may participate in the program, however, graduate students must first obtain permission from their faculty advisor. Undergraduate co-op students are required to work a minimum of two terms, one of which must be a semester. Normally, these terms are scheduled consecutively, from January to August or June to December. Because many co-op students graduate a semester late, it is not uncommon for co-ops to work an additional term, usually a summer. In two majors, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, some students may find it necessary to work three terms consecutively (January to December) because of the scheduling of courses. Graduate students have the option of working one term (summer or semester) or more up to one calendar year.
Recruiting Options for Co-op: Most employers interested in hiring co-op students interview prospective candidates on campus or preselect candidates in advance. However, you may also request resumes electronically through JobLink and then conduct interviews by phone or at your business site.
Summer Jobs & Internships
If you have short-term projects and would like to bring pre-professionals into your organization that you can evaluate for later full-time employment, you should consider our Summer Employment Services. You may recruit students from all majors and degree levels for summer jobs & internships available in your organization.
Recruiting Options for Summer Jobs & Internships:
You may interview students on campus for summer jobs & internships (Preselect Schedules) or post an Open Job through JobLink. Be certain to include important details for each job, including the academic majors that are most relevant, degree/class level(s) and citizenship.
Ethics and Responsibility in Recruiting: Rensselaer adheres to Principles for Professional Conduct and requires that all students who participate in recruiting activities abide by these standards. We expect the same professionalism from our employers. Recruiters must treat all student information, including resumes and transcripts, as strictly confidential. All interviewers should be trained to ask only those questions that are legal and appropriate. In addition, serving alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process. All activities, including, but not limited to informational meetings and presentations, should be alcohol free. You are encouraged to review the Principles for Employment Professionals developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Work Authorization (Employers): In compliance with federal and state law, Rensselaer does not permit the use of work authorization, visa status, or citizenship data on our online job board, JobLink. This action is in compliance with a Department of Justice determination. More information can be found at the following Department of Justice website:
Rensselaer assumes that a prospective employer will advise all job applicants about the employer’s responsibilities regarding any specific job requirements in order for the employer to be in compliance with the various United States national security or export control statutes that might affect the position being posted. Volunteering of this information could be provided at the time of application or when a prospective applicant makes a position-specific inquiry.