BU endeavors to vet internship and job postings and employers who request permission to recruit BU students and alumni. Occasionally, employment scams occur. Students should be vigilant and are urged to help identify scams.

If you receive a suspicious email from an employer (even if they say it is from the CCD or another BU career office), please do not respond to the email and contact our office immediately at bucareer@bu.edu. We also recommend you forward any information regarding scams to abuse@bu.edu, as this will inform BU IS&T. If you applied to a position you think is a scam, and if you received a check from a fraudulent employer, we encourage you to alert the BU Police.

An employer must meet certain requirements before a posting is approved by either Handshake or the BU career centers. However, neither BU nor Handshake can guarantee that all of the internship and job postings are legitimate. Additionally, fraudulent opportunities may be offered to the BU community via non-official channels, such as direct emails for outside job listings (which the CCD will never send).

In the event that Handshake or BU becomes aware of employer activity that breaches the Handshake terms of service or that has that has the capacity to mislead a BU student, Handshake and BU work together to terminate the employer account as soon as possible. As with any online platform, use your discretion and best judgment when evaluating opportunities, and when in doubt, do not hesitate to contact your BU career center.

Note: Approving an employer doesn’t necessarily mean that BU endorses the employer.

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