We value your partnership and interest in recruiting Rider students for the exciting career opportunities that your organization offers. We look forward to helping make your recruiting experience a positive, fair and productive one.
A primary objective of the Rider Office of Career Development and Success is to support our partner employers in their efforts to recruit and hire Rider students and alumni. To reach this objective, OPDCS will act in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles of Professional Conduct for Career Services, and we require partner employers to follow these same principles in their partnership with Rider University.
An internship or coop should provide an experiential education experience related to a student's academic course of study and/or career goals.
These four principles provide basic tenets to guide recruitment for internships and coops.
- Maintain an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose to optimize their talents and meet their personal objectives;
- Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable;
- Support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.
- Organizations should be aware that lawsuits have resulted from unpaid internships.
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified six criteria (PDF) to consider when offering unpaid internships in the ‘for-profit’ private sector:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
Unpaid internships must be in compliance with the six criteria established by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Please review the list below in order to evaluate whether the primary purpose of the internship is to benefit the student’s educational and professional pursuits.
- Interns cannot replace regular paid employees.
- Interns are not guaranteed a job with your organization upon completion of the internship.
- Both you and the intern are aware that they are not entitled to wages.
- Interns must receive training.
- Interns must get "hands-on" experience with equipment or processes used in your particular industry.
- The skills learned on the job must be considered transferable.
Guidelines to reasonable offer deadlines
The following organizations will not be permitted to post jobs through Rider’s online job management system Broncs Career Link and participate in career fairs. However, they will not be permitted to participate in the Rider on-campus interviewing program:
- Third-Party Recruiters - These include executive search firms and employment agencies.
- Commission-Only Employers - These include organizations that do not pay a base salary to their employees.
- Multilevel Employers (also known as "Pyramid Employers") - These include organizations that depend on employees recruiting others to sell products and services on a commission basis.
- Upfront Product Purchase Employers - These include organizations that require employees to invest their own resources in the purchase of supplies, products or services
We reserve the right to take appropriate and necessary actions to enforce compliance with these guidelines in order to maintain a fair and equitable recruitment process among all employers of Rider University students.
Rider University pledges itself to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the University and throughout American society as a whole. In this regard, Rider University will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. Rider University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.