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Recruiting Guidelines


A primary objective of the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) is to support employers in their efforts to recruit and hire Purdue students. We consider this a partnership effort with a common goal of achieving the best match between the individual student and the employing organization. The CCO will act in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles of Professional Conduct for Career Services, and we expect that employers will abide by these principles in their dealings with us, our students and our alumni.

These Principles provide three basic precepts to guide career planning and recruitment:

  1. Maintain an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose to optimize their talents and meet their personal objectives;
  2. Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable;
  3. Support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.

We strive to provide an open and free environment for selection of students for employment and experiential learning opportunities. We reserve the right to take appropriate and necessary actions to enforce compliance with these guidelines in order to maintain a fair and equitable recruitment process among all employers of Purdue University students.

Please know that we are deeply appreciative of your interest in recruiting Purdue students for the exciting career opportunities that your organization offers them. We look forward to our partnership to help make your recruiting experience a positive, fair and productive one for everyone.



GOLD TIME - The Day after a Career Fair

What is it? Employers attending a career fair will receive first priority for private interview space in Young Hall and Hicks Library the day after they attend a career fair.

How many private interview rooms can be reserved?

  • All employers recruiting at Purdue
max 4 interview rooms


SILVER TIME - Peak Interviewing Season

What is it? Silver time includes peak interviewing seasons for the Fall semester (September-mid October) and the Spring semester (first half of February). It does not include days after career fairs (Gold Time).

How many private interview rooms in Young Hall and Hicks Library can be reserved?

max 10 interview rooms
max 8 interview rooms
  • All other employers recruiting at Purdue
max 6 interview rooms

BRONZE TIME - Non-Peak Interviewing Season

What is it? Any time that is not fall into the Gold and Silver Time categories.

How many private interview rooms in Young Hall and Hicks Library can be reserved?

max 16 interview rooms
max 14 interview rooms
max 12 interview rooms
  • All other employers recruiting at Purdue
max 10 interview rooms


Unpaid internships must be in compliance with the six criteria established by the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to be posted to Purdue University students.  Please examine the list below in order to evaluate whether the primary purpose of the internship is to benefit the student’s educational and professional pursuits.

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.


Policy Guidelines for Internship and Full Time Offers

Students need time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to offers. The best practices among employers with a history of recruitment success at Purdue are to give students most of the fall semester, or at least several weeks, to make informed decisions. This length of time serves to protect employers’ campus reputation and helps make job offer acceptance decisions final. We strongly advise that companies offer reasonable extensions to deadlines when requested so that the student has an opportunity to honor interview and site visit obligations. We appreciate the cooperation employers have shown in the past, and ask for your continued flexibility this year. 

Full-time offers to summer interns

We ask that employers who extend an offer for full-time employment to a previous intern allow the student most of the returning semester (through mid-October) to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond on an earlier date.

Exploding Offers/Excessive Pressure

Employers are strongly discouraged from making offers with timing-based consequences such as diminishing bonuses or reduced options for location preferences. Furthermore, asking a student if he or she is ready to make a decision on the spot, or asking a student to respond to a hypothetical offer is considered an unacceptable practice. Exploding offers put undue pressure on students and compromises our efforts to enforce our student policy against reneging.

Timely Communication

Employers are expected to keep students informed of hiring timelines and their status in the hiring process and to communicate hiring decisions within an appropriate time frame.

Full Disclosure

Start dates: We ask that employers include a start date when the offer is made or outline a reasonable time frame for providing a start date and initial work location. Employers who anticipate start dates later than a few months after graduation must disclose this to students as part of the interview process. Open communication with the student is encouraged throughout the process.

Basis of compensation: For employers to schedule campus interviews, they must offer bona fide positions and be completely transparent with students on a compensation structure that is based upon partial or full commission. The employer shall disclose it in the job description and give an accurate estimate of expected earnings as well as fees associated with training to be covered by the employee.

Employment contracts: Purdue advises students and alumni to seek legal counsel before entering into any contractual agreement and expects that employers will allow a reasonable period of time for individuals to review any contract and seek advice before signing it.

The Center for Career Opportunities reserves the right to withdraw position postings and remove interview privileges when warranted by questionable recruitment practices or unethical behavior.

Rescinding Employment Offers

The Center for Career Opportunities strongly encourages employers to consider every alternative before revoking an offer of employment. Employers who cannot avoid rescinding or deferring employment are advised to consult with the Center prior to notifying the student(s) affected by this action. Employers’ campus reputation can be salvaged if they demonstrate that they have done everything possible to avoid rescinding offers and offer meaningful assistance mitigating the hardships this action will cause.


Purdue students are subject to guidelines for ethical conduct in their job search activities. Each time they sign into their myCCO (Nacelink at Purdue) account, students are required to confirm that they agree to abide by the CCO Participation Agreement.

Within the agreement, students are instructed to accept an employment offer in good faith by immediately notifying other employers of their decision. Students are told to withdraw from the interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers. Your support of this policy by respecting a student’s decision when accepting another offer is requested and will be appreciated.

If a student accepts a written offer of employment and later reneges on the acceptance, please notify the CCO Executive Director, Tim Luzader – We recognize the importance of integrity in accepting an offer and want to follow up with the candidates. Students who violate these terms face serious consequences for non-compliance.


Third Party Recruiters, as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs.”  The Center for Career Opportunities will offer Third Party Recruiters resume referral and job postings provided they review and adhere to Principles for Third Party Recruiters as established by NACE and the take extra steps we require to ensure Purdue students’ rights are protected. 

What is myCCO?

myCCO is a portal where Purdue students and alumni can apply for internships, full-time and part-time opportunities.


How can myCCO help me?

Employers posting jobs, internships, and other opportunities on myCCO want YOU. Using the myCCO service allows you to take advantage of Purdue University’s reputation and vast network of industry connections.

How do I get a myCCO account?

  1. As a first time user enter your PUID as both your user name and password.(NOTE: the first 2 digits MUST be a double zero (00) even if they're not included in your current PUID. For example: 0012345678). Your PUID (with the double zero) will always be your username to log in to myCCO. Once you have completed your myCCO profile, the system will send an email with your "NEW" password.
  2. Read the “Participation Agreement” and “Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy” before clicking “I Agree to Terms.”
  3. Complete all required fields when completing your profile.

Video Instructions


How can I make the most of myCCO? 

Upload Your Resume

  1.        Click on “Resumes ETC” on the top navigation bar.
  2.        Select “Add New.”
  3.        Add a descriptive label to help you remember each document. Employers will not be able to see the label.
  4.        Select your document type. Use “Other Documents” for your transcript.

Edit Profile Privacy to be included in Resume Books and receive emails from myCCO

  1. Resume Books are a feature of myCCO that allows employers to pull resumes from students who meet the criteria of a position they’re looking to fill. If you opt-in for resume books, you have the chance to receive an email or call from an employer about a position!
  2. CCO Career Consultants will email you every time there is an on-campus interviewing opportunity that hasn’t received a lot of applicants so you know about the opportunity. You will also receive the Inside Track-a weekly career newsletter that updates you on career events happening that week.

Search and Apply for Jobs & On-Campus Interviews

  1. Hover on “Jobs” on the top navigation bar.
  2. Click on “myCCO Interviews and Job Listings” on the drop-down menu.
  3. Use the search bar and the advanced search options to find job postings relevant you.
  4. Apply to a positing by clicking the “Apply” button and submitting the required documents. For some positions, you may not be able to apply. These positions are on-campus recruitment postings and you must meet all screening criteria, including major, degree, graduation date, and work authorization.
  5. Note: Read the job posting carefully as the employer may refer you to the company website to apply.

Create Job Search Agents

  1. After running an “Advanced Search,” Click “Saved Searches.”
  2. Give your search a title and set a schedule for new job posting to be sent to you.
  3. Select “Yes” for “New Results Only.”
  4. Click “Save.”

Video Instructions

Follow Purdue Internships on Twitter

  1. Purdue Internships keeps you connected to myCCO internship postings on a daily basis!


What else comes with a myCCO account?

  • Live Online Resume, Interview and Job Coaching: Brainfuse Job Now
  • Ability to practice interviewing using Big Interview
  • Access company data using Mergent Online
  • Access to listings of company information sessions
  • Network with company contacts who have recently recruited at Purdue
  • See what companies are coming to upcoming career fairs


Having trouble creating your account?

  • FORGOTTEN PASSWORD: If you think you have an existing account in myCCO but don't remember your PU-ID, email with the subject line: Existing myCCO Account Forgot PU-ID.
  • ALUMNI: If you need to request your PU-ID: Click here to submit the Alumni PU-ID Request form and the CCO will respond to your request within 3-5 business days.
  • FUTURE STUDENT: We look forward to seeing you on campus. Your PU-ID will work at the beginning of the semester that you start your full-time classes.
  • REGIONAL CAMPUS: Students attending any of the Purdue Regional Campuses or Statewide Technology locations pursuing a "Purdue" degree are eligible to utilize myCCO. Please contact your campus Career Services office.
  • POST DOC FELLOWS: Please complete the PU-ID Request form. In the Problem Description area please enter CURRENT POST DOC and the department that currently employs you. Note: When you create your myCCO account, select the graduation year you will finish your post doc position at Purdue University.

Have questions? Please contact the CCO at

I agree to:

Accurate Information: Certify my job search documents to be truthful and accurate

Grant Access: Allow CCO to provide my job search documents to prospective employers

Honor Commitments: Keep all appointments that I've scheduled with employers and CCO Staff

Genuine Interest: Sign up for interviews with only employers with whom I'm interested in working

Professional Conduct: Accept an offer of employment in good faith and immediately notify employers of acceptance or non-acceptance of the offer. Withdraw from interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers

Report Suspicious Inqueries: Understand that job seekers can be deceived by organizations posing as legitimate employers. Evidence of this behavior includes requests for personal information (i.e. social security numbers or credit card numbers) and requests for money. If you're suspicious of such an organization, do not respond to them and please share details with us at

Consequences for Non-Compliance: Accept that failure to adhere to any point in this agreement may result in the removal of my interview privileges in the Center for Career Opportunities

The CCO agrees to:

Provide Services: Assist you with your career decision-making and job search activities

Access of Information: Provide access to a range of career opportunities and types of employers

Non-Discrimination: Provide access and reasonable accommodations to prospective employers without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability

Protect Confidentiality: Exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining your confidentiality

Student Advocacy: Respond to employer EEO non-compliance concerns and unethical behavior. Follow-up with those posting suspicious vacancies, when possible, and consult with students and alumni affected by this dubious behavior

On-campus Interviewing: Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy

If you must miss an interview, you are required to cancel it in advance. When you fail to cancel your interviews in a timely fashion or do not appear for your interviews, your actions reflect poorly on you as an individual and on the University as a whole. Not only do you inconvenience the employer, but you may also deprive another student of a valuable interview opportunity. These situations, if unchecked may also have more serious implications on the University's relationships with employers overall.

Therefore, the Center for Career Opportunities treats these incidents very seriously and advises you to take special note of the following Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.

Interview Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will NOT be accepted via email or voice mail.
  • Students must appear in person in Young 132 to complete paper work before an interview can be cancelled
  • Students are required to give three business days or 72 hours notice to cancel an interview
  • Always investigate an alternate date with the employer before you cancel an interview
  • It is your responsibility to speak personally with the employer representative and explain why you will not be attending the interview. Be aware, however that the employer may still report you to the CCO
  • If you cancel an appointment directly with an employer, remember to also contact the CCO
  • Regional Campus Students ( Purdue Calumet, IUPUI, Purdue North Central and IUPU Ft Wayne ) are required to work through their Regional Career Services office to cancel interviews. The Regional Campus Liaison will forward the information regarding the cancellation

Sudden Illness or Serious Personal Emergency on Interview Day

  • Students are expected to contact the CCO (765) 494 - 3981 prior to their interview time. Employers check-in between 8 and 8:30 AM and should be notified prior to that time

Employers typically are not in the office on weekends. Monday appointments should be cancelled no later than Friday morning.

If you miss an interview:

  • Your myCCO account will be locked
  • You will receive an e-mail from CCO with instructions to come to Young 132 immediately to resolve this matter
  • You will be required to meet with a walk-in counselor and discuss the reason you missed the business appointment to which you committed
  • The discussion and your reason for missing the interview will determine whether or not your file will be reactivated and if you will have the opportunity to use myCCO in the future.