Recruitment Policy Statement

Employers recruiting at the University of Michigan (U-M) Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) must adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines, the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles of Professional Conduct for Employment Professionals and the following guidelines included within the ECRC’s Recruitment Policy Statement. Companies who fail to comply with the guidelines and policies may be excluded from future recruiting privileges at the Michigan Engineering.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Cancelled and Late Interview Schedules
Removal of Students from Interview Schedules
Guidelines for Employment Offers and Offer Deadlines
Rescinding or Deferring Employment
Employer Access to Services
Third-Party Recruiters (Employment Agencies, Temporary Agencies, Search Firms)
Job Banks and Job Search Websites
Venture Capital Firms / Business Incubators
Commission-based Positions
Positions requiring candidates to invest, purchase supplies or pay a fee
Privacy Policy
Confidentiality Policy

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, (734) 763-0235, TTY (734) 647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call (734) 764-1817.

Employers who do not show up for interviews, who leave before finishing their interviews or who cancel their interview schedules late create a great inconvenience to students, the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) staff and damage their campus reputation. In order to discourage these incidents the ECRC has developed the following policy on canceling schedules:

  • Cancellation of recruiting dates requires the employer to immediately notify the ECRC Staff a minimum of 4 (four) days prior to the scheduled interview date. The Engineering Career Resource Center requires employers to e-mail a letter of explanation to the scheduled students including what to expect in regards to future recruiting plans. A copy of the written explanation must be provided to the appropriate ECRC Staff for future reference.
  • Recruiters who arrive late for interviews and/or leave early prior to the last scheduled student, without prior notice to the ECRC Staff, are held to same guidelines and standards as stated above for canceled schedules-a letter of explanation with a copy to the appropriate ECRC Staff member.

Employers who have concerns regarding students on schedules must contact the ECRC Staff before asking students to remove their names from interview schedules. The ECRC Staff will work directly with company recruiters or primary contacts to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Employers making an employment offer to a University of Michigan student are referred first to the NACE position on Reasonable Offer Deadline Guidelines. Efforts should be made on the part of the employer to give students adequate time to fully consider an offer of an internship or full-time employment. In accordance with NACE Principles of Professional Conduct, employment professionals will refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptances. Such practices may include undue time pressure for acceptance of employment offers and encouragement of revocation of another employment offer. Employment professionals will strive to communicate decisions and updates to candidates within the agreed-upon time frame. Likewise, students are advised to carefully evaluate offers before accepting, and strongly discouraged from reneging after acceptance.

To curtail student declines after acceptance, it is highly recommended that full-time and internship employment offers remain open until November 30 and for at least a period of three weeks. This recommendation extends to offers given to current/previous interns and co-ops. It is permissible to offer incentives to students who accept a position in advance of these dates.

Employers needing to rescind or defer employment should carefully review the guidelines and follow the NACE recommendations within their Position Statement on Rescinded and Deferred Employment Offers. The NACE guidelines urge employers to adopt a two-part approach to employment offers under consideration for revocation. The first emphasizes the need for a commitment to high standards in recruiting. The second offer a reasoned approach to dealing with rescinded and deferred offers. NACE recommends that employers who must revoke a commitment do everything possible to avoid rescinding offers, and consider alternatives that do not require rescinding employment offers. These may include changes in job responsibilities, salary reduction and/or reduced work weeks, changes in job locale, delayed starting dates, and other reasonable options. For candidates whose start dates are deferred: provide services to aid the candidates in securing other employment, provide financial assistance if the deferral will be longer than three months, communicate to candidate as soon as possible and contact the ECRC. Students are highly encouraged to inform the ECRC of offers and acceptances of employment. However, once an offer has been accepted, they have been asked to discontinue campus interviews and cancel any remaining interviews in accordance with the ECRC student interview cancellation policy. Students are asked to make every effort to avoid reneging on job offers. We advise them to gather information, ask plenty of questions, anticipate other offers, determine their career goals and needs, meet with an ECRC advisor, and/or request an extension on the deadline, all in an attempt to make an informed decision regarding an offer of employment. They are informed that once the commitment is made, reneging on an offer has an extremely negative impact. It tarnishes their reputation and also damages the reputation of Michigan Engineers. Building a campus presence, identifying suitable candidates and participating in campus recruiting are time-consuming and expensive undertakings for employing organizations. We advise that students take any offer of employment seriously and plan to honor their commitments.

​Employers may use Engineering Careers, by 12twenty, to post full-time, part-time, internship and co-op positions for which they are currently accepting applications. All employer-created job postings are activated by the ECRC staff before they are viewable by students. The ECRC maintains sole discretion regarding which opportunities and employers may be presented to U-M students. In addition, the ECRC reserves the right to refuse to activate a position if it is not of a technical nature or if it does not apply to students in the College of Engineering. All postings must contain sufficient detail to clearly convey the basic responsibilities and requirements of the position to the job seeker. Job postings must be for a specific position. Furthermore, all postings in the system must be for paid opportunities, in alignment with the NACE position on Unpaid Internships and the Need for Federal Action. Additional information regarding unpaid internships is available here.

​We will not accept postings or event descriptions that limit access on the basis of protected identity characteristics, such as race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, economic status, or veteran status. To participate in career engagement opportunities, employers must complete specific request forms and comply with ECRC guidelines.

Third parties may list openings online. Job postings and events must be for a specific position with a single company. The Third Party firm must include their third party status in the job posting and include the name of the employing organization. Employers offering these positions are ineligible for all other campus recruiting activity offered through the ECRC.

As stipulated in the NACE Principles of Professional Conduct, third-party recruiters will not disclose to any employer, including the client-employer, any student information without obtaining prior written consent from the student. Under no circumstances can student information be disclosed for any purpose other than the original recruiting purposes nor can it be sold or provided to other entities. Online job posting and resume referral services must prominently display their privacy policies on their websites, specifying who will have access to student information.

Resume solicitation from job search websites are excluded from posting on Engineering Careers, by 12twenty. Employers offering these services are ineligible for all campus recruiting activity offered through the ECRC.

Venture Capital Firms and Business incubators may post positions on behalf of their portfolio companies. Job postings must be for a specific position with a single company, and each posting must clearly state the name of the employing organization.

Employers offering commission-based positions may list openings for full-time career jobs if the positions are not 100% commission. Commission-based positions will not be listed in Engineering Careers, by 12twenty for internship or temporary positions. The full-time position description must inform the applicants of the specific manner in which remuneration is to be determined. Employers offering these positions are ineligible for all other campus recruiting activity offered through the ECRC.

Companies requiring candidates to invest, purchase supplies, or pay a fee as a condition of employment are excluded from posting positions on Engineering Careers, by 12twenty, and all other campus recruiting activity offered through the ECRC. The ECRC reserves the right to review any employer wishing to recruit on campus, prior to or after scheduling, based on an inquiry, complaint or concern from the ECRC or its constituents. Constituents include students, faculty, staff or other relevant concerned parties. The ECRC will investigate any allegation that an employer or employer representative has violated University policies, ethical or professional standards, or federal or state law.

The Engineering Career Resource Center is committed to ensuring the privacy of users of the Engineering Careers, by 12twenty, recruitment system. Learn more about our privacy policy.

Please note that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts employer use of student resumes. Organizations receiving such information may use it only for the purpose of evaluating candidates for employment within their own organization. Thus, employers may not transmit (or re-disclose) student information to any other employer or third party, nor to others within the employing organization for something other than employment purposes. If an organization improperly re-discloses student records, Federal law prohibits that party from obtaining student records for a period of at least five years.

Serving alcohol during the recruitment process is prohibited. Please review the University of Michigan Student Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs for more information.

Engineering Career Resource Center
230 Chrysler Center • 2121 Bonisteel Blvd. • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
Phone: (734) 647-7160 • Fax: (734) 647-7141