Carnegie Mellon University

Hiring & Offer Policy

Carnegie Mellon adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct. In addition, all employers must review and adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor Guidelines for Unpaid Internships

Working with us implies that you have read and agree to adhere to these principles.

Our offer policy was created in the spirit of being respectful of employers’ timelines and hiring needs while providing students with sufficient time to consider offers of employment. It is designed to minimize incidents of reneging (pursuing and accepting an employment offer after accepting another offer). It has been our experience that students who feel undue pressure to make an employment decision are often more prone to renege after accepting; adhering to the timeframes detailed in the offer policy is therefore in the best interests of both employers and students.

For all employer questions regarding this policy, please contact McKenna Houston, Associate Director for Employer Relations.

For all student questions regarding this policy, please contact your Career Consultant.

Fall & Summer Offers

For all written offers received from a summer internship, students should be given at least until the first business day of October or three weeks (whichever is later) to respond. For all other written offers received in the summer or fall, students should be given until Nov. 15th or three weeks (whichever is later) to respond.

All written offers received between January and May should provide students a minimum of three (3) weeks to respond.

Employers found not honoring offer dates will receive the invitation to schedule OCR dates two (2) weeks after OCR scheduling begins for all employers, with no Day-After-Fair Interviewing in the fall at CPDC Career Fairs.