Wesleyan University Recruiting Policies

Wesleyan University is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). As such, we adhere to, and we expect our employer and graduate school recruiters to adhere to NACE's Principles for Professional Practice.

Non-discrimination Policy

All organizations wishing to recruit Wesleyan students for employment, unless exempt by federal law, agree to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression or disability. 

The Gordon Career Center requires employers interested in recruiting Wesleyan students for employment, and graduate schools recruiting Wesleyan students for admission, to agree to a Statement of Compliance acknowledging acceptance of the non-discrimination policy. 

Offer Policy

The Gordon Career Center believes that students should be given a reasonable period of time to consider an offer for a job or internship before being required to accept or decline. We agree with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines: 

Experience shows the best employment decisions for both students and employers are those that are made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information. Students given sufficient time to attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews, and/or complete the interviewing in which they are currently engaged are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions and may be less likely to renege on job acceptances. 

We encourage employers to avoid any practices that may improperly influence or hasten a student’s decision, including the use of bonuses or other variance in compensation, placement within the organization, or exploding offers. 

We recommend that students offered full-time positions during fall recruiting or after completing summer internships with an organization be given until the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, or two weeks from the time of offer, whichever is later, to accept or decline an offer. For summer internships, we recommend giving students until March 1st, or two weeks from the time of offer, whichever is later, to accept or decline an offer. Note that students for whom acceptance of an internship is contingent upon receiving grant funding from Wesleyan will need until mid-April to ensure that they have notification of their funding status.