Making It Happen

Campus Recruiting

Each semester, employers come to BU to interview students for internships and full-time positions. We publicize upcoming visits on our website, along with internship and job descriptions. Apply online and if the employer selects you, you’ll schedule an interview at our office.

The recruiting season typically begins in October and runs through April. There are exceptions, however, so look for announcements of events happening off-season.

If you see an organization you want to interview with but are graduating in December or May, go ahead and apply. Same thing if you see an organization in the fall, but you won’t be graduating until May. Recruiters know that, in most cases, students won’t be available to start until June, and they plan their hiring accordingly.

Is On-Campus Recruiting for Me?

When an employer comes to BU, it’s not just an exercise. He or she is looking to interview students for potential internships and jobs. The number of applicants they receive through our system will be relatively small compared to the number of applicants they receive through their website. You can be assured they’ll at least look at and consider your resume. Think of it this way: would you rather be one of 20, or one of 20,000?

And if you’re selected for an interview, you only have to go as far as 100 Bay State Road. If the organization finds you through their website, you’ll most likely have to go to their offices, even if they’re based in another state.

Face-to-Face: Employer Information Sessions

Employers often hold information sessions on campus to give students a chance to learn about the organization and ask general questions. Usually the info session will be connected to an on-campus recruiting visit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t attend if you don’t have an interview set up; on the contrary, we think these sessions are a great chance for students to browse and learn about different organizations as early as their first year. If you have been selected for an interview, we recommend going. You may learn some helpful information to use in your interview. It also shows that you’re really interested.

Recruiting FAQs

How do I learn about upcoming employer visits?

Visit our website and also check BU CareerLink regularly. Select the “On-Campus Interviewing Link” to find out who’s coming to campus and to apply for their internships or jobs if they’re of interest. You’ll need to upload a resume and cover letter to apply for jobs. Although it’s not required, we strongly recommend that you have your documents reviewed beforehand, either through the CCD or at one of the University’s college career offices.

What are information sessions?

Many employers hold information sessions before their on-campus interview dates, usually the evening before but sometimes as early as the week before. The purpose of these information sessions is to give students a chance to learn about their organization and ask general questions. That way, the time the recruiters have set aside for interviews can be devoted to the interview process. We strongly recommend that you attend any information session given by an employer with whom you plan to interview. That way, you arrive for your meeting with the basics already under your belt and the interview will be more productive for both parties. If, for some reason, you absolutely cannot go, all is not lost. Apologize to the recruiter for not being there, and go on with your interview.

Can I go to an information session if I don’t have an interview?

Yes. In most cases, the employers will be glad to have you there. You’re also welcome if you’re not yet a senior, but would like to learn more about the organization for a possible internship or for future employment. If you’re not in the current applicant pool, however, be careful not to steer the agenda away from the audience the recruiter is there to meet.

What happens if I miss a scheduled interview?

Barring illness or unforeseen personal circumstances, we expect that all students, as people entering the professional world, will honor the commitments they make and keep their appointments. If for any reason, you know in advance that you will not be attending an interview, you must let both the Recruiting Manager in our office and the organization’s recruiter know as soon as possible, so that we can try to fill the interview spot with another student. Any cancellations later than noon the day before the interview will be considered no-shows.

Employers often travel a good distance to conduct interviews, and they expect their schedules to be as planned as possible. Not only will your no-show reflect badly on you, but unanticipated no-shows can negatively impact that employer’s plans to recruit with BU the next season.

So, understandably, we take interview no-shows seriously.

The first time you are a no-show (or cancel later than noon the day prior), we’ll ask you to write a letter of apology to the recruiter involved, with a copy to our Recruiting Manager. If you are a no-show a second time, your recruiting privileges will be suspended until you meet with our Recruiting Manager, who has the option to reinstate you.

If you are a no-show for a third time, we’ll have no choice but to revoke your recruiting privileges. However, it seldom comes to this. The vast majority of students keep their appointments.

My school has a career office. Can I still use the CCD?

Yes. As a registered BU student, you can use our office. In fact, we encourage students to use all the resources available to them. So if your school or college has a career office, use both!

Can I get credit for an internship?

In general, BU does not give academic credit for internships. There are exceptions, though. In the College of Communication, for example, an internship is an integral part of some programs. Any student interested in academic credit should speak with his or her academic advisor or department head, but, again, it’s uncommon, so don’t expect to get academic credit.

Waiver of Liability for Internships

Boston University does not sign waivers of liability for internship placements, but very few employers ask for this, so chances are you won’t encounter the issue. Check your student health insurance to see what is covered, and discuss this with the prospective employer and understand thoroughly any waiver documents that you’re asked to sign.