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Recruiting Policies


Eligible jobs, for which you may recruit through the Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD), consist of professional duties and salaries or hourly wages. The KCCD does not support full commission-based positions; opportunities that require candidates to pay fees for application processes, training, equipment, or other job-related expenses; positions that require working in home offices or private residences. AU’s Student Government Association maintains a job board for food or personal service positions such as waiting tables and dog walking.

Acceptable internships provide students with structured learning experiences, regular supervision, and exposure to professional aspects of chosen fields. Please note the KCCD does not determine whether an internship is eligible to receive academic credit other than ensuring it consists of less than 15% administrative work. Students seeking credit for an internship consult with their Faculty Advisor and complete the internship as part of an academic class.  


If you seek candidates for eligible jobs and internships, you may formally recruit AU students and alumni through  CareerSource  listings and resume books, semi-annual AU Job and Internship Fairs, Industry Days, on-campus interviews, information sessions, information tables, and networking receptions. However, the KCCD reserves the right to deny you access to recruiting services at any time. 

You may only use campus facilities, reserved by the KCCD on your behalf, for the purpose of recruiting AU students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. 

Information tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any organization recruiting students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. Information session room requests and tabling are subject to availability. 


Job and internship offers should be made in writing directly to the students in a detailed offer letter which includes projected start date, salary, title, and acceptance deadlines. Please also let the KCCD recruiting team know when you have made an offer so staff can work with students to ensure they adhere to all student policies [link to student policies page] regarding offers and hires.

KCCD also expects employers to treat candidates in an ethical manner and honor their job offers. In the event an employer needs to withdraw or change a job offer, the employer should contact the KCCD immediately.

Failure by a student or employer to behave ethically or honor offers and acceptances will be addressed by the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Alumni Engagement, and may result in loss of access to KCCD services.


To encourage students make informed and responsible decisions regarding job offers, KCCD encourages employers to use NACE recommendations and the following guidelines:

Unless otherwise specified, we request that employers give students three weeks from the date of the written offer to respond.

Offers from Summer Internships: Students receiving a full-time offer from a summer internship should have until October 30th to accept/decline offers. 


In order to utilize KCCD services, you and your organization must comply with American University regulations and applicable federal, state, and local laws, including:

·         Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in Employment and Education: American University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) against any AU community member on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases"). Compelled by law (the Solomon Amendment), the Career Center grants one exception to the U.S. military so as to avoid the loss of all federal funding, which includes federal student financial assistance and research grants.

·         Anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act if screening applicants based on their work authorization.

·         Fair Labor Standards Act, particularly the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's fact sheet #71 about internship programs.


The KCCD ascribes to Principles for Professional Practice, set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and expects employers to review and honor the Principles for Employment Professionals.


Third-party recruiters must adhere to NACE Principles for Third-Party Recruiters and may recruit AU students and alumni at the discretion of the KCCD. 

As a third-party recruiter, you may participate in select campus recruiting activities as long as you provide position descriptions for eligible jobs upon request and refrain from charging candidates for your services. You may recruit AU students and alumni through AU CareerSource listings, semi-annual Job and Internship Fairs, and networking receptions, while other services are reserved for employers.


In cases of inclement weather, on-campus recruiting activities proceed as planned when the university is open and are canceled or rescheduled when the university is closed. Please call 202-885-1100 for daily updates about the university’s operating status.