The Center for Career Development abides by the ethical standards for professional conduct set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). All employers and third-party recruiting organizations that recruit Davidson students and alumni are expected to follow the NACE Principles for Professional Practice. Organizations that do not act in accordance with these principles will have their recruiting privileges revoked.
It is Davidson's policy to admit qualified students and administer all educational, athletic, financial, and employment activities without discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the administration of the college's educational programs or operations. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment as well as all academic, athletic, and other educational admissions, enrollment, participation, and programming. Davidson expects that any employer or third-party organization representing an employer that posts a position through the Center for Career Development or uses the college's facilities for the purpose of recruiting for full-time, part-time, temporary, or intern positions adheres to this policy and complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws in its recruiting and hiring.
The Center for Career Development reserves the right to prohibit the posting of any position in its recruiting system. Employers and third-party recruiting agencies that recruit students and alumni for any of the following types of positions will not be provided Career Development services:
We encourage employers - particularly those in the private sector - to pay interns whenever possible. As many students focus their search on paid positions out of necessity, offering paid internships often results in a larger, more diverse, and more qualified pool of applicants. If your organization is considering posting unpaid internships through the college, you must confirm that those internships meet the NACE guidelines for an experience to be defined as an internship:
Private sector employers also should be familiar with the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines for legally offering unpaid internships. The Department of Labor provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to "for-profit" private sector employers.
While Davidson does offer a mechanism for granting academic credit for unpaid internships, this credit is only available if it is required by the employer. Employers who mandate academic credit must still meet our criteria for high-quality internships as well as the Department of Labor's criteria for unpaid internships. For information about our academic credit requirements, contact Jeff Kniple, associate director for employer relations, at 704-894-2491.
The majority of internships posted at Davidson are traditional internships, where student interns work at the same physical location as their supervisors and have safe and specific work spaces. If you are interested in posting a virtual internship, you must indicate this in the job title (for example, "Social Media Virtual Intern"). All virtual internship position descriptions must meet the NACE criteria for internships in addition to the below criteria for virtual internships. We will review descriptions carefully to see that both sets of criteria are met before approving the posting.
Criteria for Virtual Internships
Third-party recruiters who wish to post opportunities with the Center for Career Development's job database, WildcatLink, must agree to the following terms and conditions:
This agreement will remain in effect for all positions posted through the third-party recruiter. We reserve the right to remove any postings that do not adhere to our terms and conditions. Any violation of these terms will result in the loss of access to WildcatLink.
Through its campus recruiting policies the college intends to allow students ample time to carefully consider all of their employment options and to make informed decisions about their employment after Davidson. We educate students on evaluating and negotiating job offers and discourage them from hasty decisions that may lead to reneging, which we strongly discourage. In order to better meet student and employer needs, we established the following campus recruiting policies:
Employers may not offer incentives or exert undue pressure to students to accept/decline an offer before the deadlines stated below. An offer may not expire before the stated deadlines. Employers failing to adhere to these dates may be restricted from scheduling interviews the first two weeks of the following semester. Repeated offenses may result in restriction from campus recruiting completely.
Fall Semester – Full-time Offers from Summer Internships (Conversions):
Employers extending full-time offers or conversions to previous summer interns must allow students to accept or decline until October 31, or a minimum of four weeks after the date of the written offer, whichever is later.
Fall Semester–Full-time Offers from Fall recruiting:
Employers must allow students to accept or decline until October 31, or a minimum of four weeks after the date of the written offer, whichever is later.
Spring Semester–Internship Offers from Spring Recruiting:
Employers must give students at least 4 weeks from the date of the verbal offer to accept/decline. For interviews conducted after March 1, employers should give students at least 2 weeks from the date of the verbal offer to accept/decline.
Should an employer pursue a student for a full-time or an internship position knowing that the student already has accepted an offer (verbally or written) with another organization, the employer may be banned from Career Development's on-campus recruiting program for up to one year. This policy is in place to protect the employer from whom the student has accepted an offer and to protect the student from undue pressure.
Should economic realities force an employer to rescind an offer, the employer must report this to Career Development prior to contacting the student to rescind. This will allow Career Development to prepare for the student's questions and concerns, and to prepare to work with the student on conducting a new search. Career Development also would continue to engage the employer in discussion to determine best steps in moving forward with their recruiting relationship at Davidson and to assist the student who had his/her offer rescinded. Employers who rescind offers may be banned from the on-campus recruiting program for up to one year or longer.
Career Development adheres to the NACE Principles for Professional Practice, which states that serving alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process. Therefore, all recruiting activity, including all information sessions, should be alcohol-free.
The Center for Career Development adheres to the aforementioned policies and guidelines to ensure the quality of our services and reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.