Employer User Policy

The University of Washington Career & Internship Center offers facilities and services to bona fide employing organizations with full-time, part-time, or seasonal jobs, or internships.  Employers using campus facilities under this policy will interact with students, alumni and Career & Internship Center staff in a professional and ethical manner. Some services and facilities provided to employers include upfront fees which are known in advance and which the employer must remit to the University in a timely basis. A finance charge to employers may be added to past due balances at a periodic rate of 1% per month or 12% annually.  A late fee of $25.00 may be charged if payment is 60 days past due.

The following guidelines govern the manner in which employers may use The Career & Internship Center to access candidates, in keeping with the mission and purpose of the Center and the University.

Employment professionals participating in any Career & Internship Center services or resources are required to be working within a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing, and selection techniques as stipulated in the NACE Principles for Ethical Conduct.

Other UW school/college campus career centers may have additional policies for engagement with their students. Review the policies of all career center collaboration sites.

  • Legal and Ethical Restrictions

    • To protect our students, the Career & Internship Center reserves the right to refuse service to employers due to: dishonesty; breach of confidentiality; fraud; misrepresentation; abuse or other harassment of University of Washington students, alumni or staff; or any other violation of University rules and regulations, local, state or federal laws.
    • Employers are not eligible to use the Career & Internship Center if they:
      • Have been judged by a court of law in the United States to be engaged in illegal activities
      • Are involved in strikes and are hiring for positions which are included in the affected bargaining units
      • Request personal data (i.e. social security number, bank account information) at the time of application
      • Do not adhere to local mandates regarding public health and safety in their office environments
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • To protect our students, employers are expected to:
      • Act without bias when screening candidates, interviewing, and making employment decisions.
      • Ensure equitable access to opportunities without discriminating on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, economic status, or veteran status.
      • Proactively be addressing inclusivity and diversity.
      • Provide screening, interviewing, and workplace environments free of sex- and gender-based violence and harassment.
      • Provide reasonable accommodations upon request.
      • Follow the equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles as set forth by the University of Washington and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
  • Network Marketing and Similar Organizations

    • These Organizations are not considered “employers” by the Career & Internship Center and are not eligible to participate in on-campus interviewing, resume referrals, job listings, employer presentations, and/or sponsorships for on-campus activities.  The Career & Internship Center considers organizations that engage in either or both of the following to be Network Marketing Organizations:
        • Sponsoring or hiring an individual to set up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business.
      • Requiring an initial cash or capital investment, account balance or similar fiscal requirements from this individual, with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may include but is not limited to such things as direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and/or purchase of a starter kit.
  • Unpaid Internships at For-Profit Organizations

    • We’ve updated our internship posting policies to align with US Department of Labor rules about unpaid internships at for-profit organizations. As such, we do not post unpaid internships at for-profit organizations. Please review our internship compensation resource for more information.
    • Please note that academic credit is not a form of compensation for internships, but rather a cost to the student paying tuition to enroll in the class. While students benefit from the class experience, it doesn’t supplant a wage for the work they’ve completed.
  • Handshake Employer Requests – Minimum Requirements

    • In order to vet opportunities appropriately and confidently for our students, employer requests to connect on Handshake must demonstrate ALL of the following minimum requirements:
      • A complete contact name (both first and last)
      • A well-written company description
      • A corporate address (residential/private addresses cannot be accepted)
      • An email address with a listed domain that matches the company name and website (i.e. johnsmith@acompany.com and www.acompany.com)
      • A dedicated company website that matches the company name and is operational. Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter company pages are not sufficient.
      • A business license from the state in which your company operates their business

      In addition to the above listed elements, your company may be subject to additional requirements; please review the below listed information to see if any of the following applies to your business or recruitment on Handshake. Employers must be in good standing with the University Career & Internship Center and may not be past due on fees due to the Career & Internship Center for services or facilities provided.

    • Household/Domestic needs:
      Due to limited candidate interest, we do not post domestic/household postings to Handshake. Households are welcome to post with the UW Daily (the UW’s centralized student newspaper) which publishes ‘Classified’ advertisements in both its physical circulation on campus as well as online. Additional information for advertising with the UW Daily can be found here: http://www.dailyuw.com/eclipse_services_classifieds/
  • Start Ups

    • The Career & Internship 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:
      • Provide a company name, business address, website and email address, and identify a principal as the key contact;
      • Verify that they are not seeking potential partners or investors;
      • Confirm that they have obtained the necessary business licenses and Tax ID’s as well as sufficient funding, including identifying their funding model and investors, if requested;
      • Offer positions for pay, not just for equity; pay must meet state minimum wage expectations.
      • Provide clearly defined organization and position descriptions in Handshake.
  • Intellectual Property

    • For any roles in which a student would be involved in the development of ideas, processes or protocol that could lead to actual technology, patentable subject matter, copyrighted materials or trade-marks or other Intellectual Property (IP) considerations, we require that the student be working with a UW Faculty Member Sponsor throughout the duration of the experience.
  • Commission

    • Employers using the Center’s services will offer regular/base salaries for positions. A draw against future earnings does not constitute a salary. Employers offering commission-based positions may post job listings at The Career & Internship Center provided they are full-time career opportunities. No commission-based part-time or internship positions will be posted, unless approved by The Career & Internship Center on a case-by-case basis.
  • Fees Charged to Candidates

    • Employers that require students or alumni to purchase a franchise, purchase supplies, pay for training or orientation, invest or pay a ‘start-up’ or application/access fee as a condition of employment, will not be allowed access to any Career & Internship Center services or provided sponsorship by the Center. Because it is ultimately a student’s decision to participate, organizations are free to recruit UW students through means outside of The Career & Internship Center.
  • Third Party Employers

    • Employment agencies, temporary agencies and search firms are eligible to utilize a limited selection of our services but MUST abide by the guidelines outlined below.  By choosing to move forward with Career & Internship Center recruiting opportunities, you agree to these guidelines.
      • Third-party employers may post positions through the Career & Internship portal, with the understanding that the name of the client must be disclosed if requested by the Center.
      • Third-party recruiters may participate in Career & Internship Center career fairs; the name of employers a Third Party recruiter is recruiting on behalf of should be made available to any candidate or Career & Internship Center representative who inquires.
      • Third-party recruiters sourcing candidates for internal positions at their own organizations may make use of the Career & Internship Center’s On-Campus Interview Program.
      • Under no circumstances may fees be charged to candidates.
      • The Career & Internship Center reserves the right to verify any client information provided by a Third Party Recruiter and reserves the right to enact further allowances or restrictions at their discretion.
  • On-Campus Sales, Promotion or Solicitation

    • The University of Washington is a non-commercial campus. Employers are not allowed to recruit for positions whose duties will involve the on-campus sale or promotion of products, goods or services to UW students, faculty or staff (e.g. Campus Brand Ambassadors).
  • Adult entertainment

    • Employers may not post any positions related to the adult entertainment industry.
  • Job Offers

    • It is imperative that candidates have a substantial response time to make an informed decision once an offer has been extended. We recommend that you allow sufficient time for students to reflect, consult trusted connections and make an informed decision. Additional considerations can be found at the NACE website. Please do note that some programs within the UW have more stringent guidelines (Computer Science & Engineering, Design, iSchool and more) – please consult  badw@uw.edu for further guidance.
  • Exploding Offers

    • Exploding offers and special incentives such as diminishing bonuses or location preference should not be used to encourage early acceptance of a job offer.
  • Confidentiality

    • Employment/recruitment professionals will maintain confidentiality of student/alumni information regardless of the source and will not release it to any other organization without the prior written consent of the student/alum.
  • Use of alcohol

    • The use of alcohol by minors at any point during on-or-off-campus recruiting is prohibited. Any organization violating this policy will no longer be eligible to participate in career events or programs.
  • Reporting of hiring information

    • The Career & Internship Center requests employers to inform us of all offers of employment that are extended to students in order to help maintain accurate statistics regarding student employment. Employment records are kept confidential & used only for statistical purposes.


All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. The Career & Internship Center does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities.

Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials and overall fit between the employer and the student applicant.

The Career & Internship Center reserves the right to use discretionary judgment based on an organization’s circumstances when determining whether to further grant or limit access beyond this policy.

If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Career & Internship Center Associate Director Bridget Doyle at badw@uw.edu