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Career Development Center

Your Company, Our Students

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Post Your Positions

Connect with Purdue Fort Wayne students through Handshake, a free online platform where you can post internships, co-ops, and jobs. We’ll use your contact information to let you know of any upcoming career-related events, such as job fairs, that you can use to expand your workforce.

Join and Post to Handshake

Policies and Requirements

Here’s what you must have to post a position on Handshake:

  • An email address associated with your company or organization’s website domain
  • A functioning website (not just a social media platform) that is associated with your company or organization that provides clear and helpful information for potential applicants
  • An address that is easily identifiable as a place of business; personal-residence addresses are only allowed if the student would not be physically working from that location.

Purdue Fort Wayne receives funds from the Job Location and Development Program, and because of this, the US Department of Education requires the university to report certain statistics on currently enrolled students who obtain work through the Career Development Center. To comply with federal regulations, you’ll need to complete a placement survey.

Posting Exclusions

The following types of positions are not accepted postings on Handshake:

  • Campus marketing, canvasser or brand ambassador that involves door to door sales, in -home presentations, or any activity on campus that goes against university policy or endangers the student.
  • Unpaid positions for any for-profit organizations. We will only approve postings for unpaid positions for organizations that we can clearly identify as non-profit. For further information please refer to US Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Application processes that ask students to use their social media profiles or require students to release information associated with their social media profiles (e.g., number of followers or friends)
  • In-home, private, or independent childcare, nanny, elder care, or tutoring positions
  • Any 1099 independent-contractor positions other than those for full-time degreed employment
  • Positions or programs that charge a fee for participation
  • Employment outside the United States posted by a third party
  • Any co-op or internship position in which the student would be conducting medical procedures

There are limited exceptions to these types of positions. Position posts may be denied for any additional reasons deemed appropriate by the Career Development Center.

Confidentiality Policy

All materials received from our students (letters, résumés, transcripts, etc.) should be shared only with those persons at your firm involved in the hiring process. Any information acquired from profiles and/or résumés may not be redisclosed to any other employer, third party, or other individuals within an organization except for employment purposes. For more information, visit the US Department of Education website to learn more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Offer Policy

We encourage all employers to provide a reasonable time frame for students to consider all job and internship opportunities and offers. We discourage any practice that improperly influences or pressures students to accept offers.

Hiring International Students

Getting permission for international students to work in the U.S. is not as difficult as many employers may think. Most international students are in the U.S on non-immigrant student visas (F-1 and J-1) and these international students are eligible to accept employment under certain conditions. International students can use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to complete internships related to their field of study. The only thing employers need to provide is a simple offer letter. 

Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to work for one year after graduation without the employer having to apply for sponsorship for the student. There is no cost or additional paperwork needed from the employer.  (STEM students can get up to three years.)

Alcohol and Recruiting Policy

We discourage serving alcohol to students during recruiting events. While it is not illegal to serve alcohol to students age 21 and older, it may put them in an uncomfortable position. Furthermore, please do not hold recruiting events in bars or clubs. These requests are in keeping with university policies and the policies of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

If you have any questions regarding posting a job on Handshake, contact the Career Development Center at careercenter@pfw.edu or 260-481-0689.