Employer Recruiting Policies

HPU’s Career Services Center (CSC) cordially invites you to partner with us to provide career and experiential opportunities for HPU students and alumni.  Our office can put you in touch with motivated and qualified HPU students and alumni through a variety of recruitment activities and services.  These services are designed to offer a mutually beneficial opportunity to both your organization and HPU.  All of our services (except career fairs) are offered to employers free of charge.  In return, we ask employers to maintain a positive working relationship with CSC staff and abide by our policies and procedures as outlined below.  We welcome constructive employer feedback on our policies at any time. 

General Employer Guidelines:

1.  Employers and third-party recruiters (including employment agencies, search firms, etc.) who participate in recruiting at HPU must abide by employer standards of ethical conduct established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as stated in their Principles for Professional Practice

2.  CSC acts as a referral service only and is not liable for any incidents incurred as a result of such referrals. Our staff reviews complaints by users of our services about job postings or employers as appropriate.  All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials and the fit between the employer and the student applicant.

3.  CSC does not recommend or select candidates for employers.

4.  Employers agree to screen and hire solely on qualifications for the position and comply with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines. 

5.  CSC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deny an employer access to on-campus or on-line recruiting for any reason including, but not limited to, employer misuse of HPU Connect, posting of inaccurate or misleading information, potential risks to the health and safety of students, or any other practice which is inconsistent with the mission and values of the University. 

6.  Unpaid internships may be posted with approval from the CSC.  In accordance with the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the employer is solely responsible for determining whether it has met the legal criteria for hiring an unpaid intern.  At present, the following criteria must be met in order for an employer to be exempt from paying the intern at least minimum wage: 

  • The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school;
  • The training is for the benefit of the trainees or students;
  • The trainees or students do not displace regular employees, but work under close supervision;
  • The employer that provides the training receives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees or students and, on occasion, his operations may even be impeded*;
  • The trainees or students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and
  • The employer and the trainees or students understand that the trainees or students are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.
  • * If the internship is more of a training/learning experience, as opposed to a job, it is typically acceptable if the employer derives some advantage from the student’s service. The internship must be predominantly for the benefit of the student and not the employer.

For more information, visit the Department of Labor's website.   

HPU Connect Job Postings:

1.  Job postings must be actual, current openings for internships, cooperative education experiences, or traditional full-time or part-time positions. 

2.  Employers should ensure that company and job information submitted is accurate.  Employers may not use HPU Connect to post false or misleading information.  The postings must contain sufficient detail to clearly convey the nature of the opportunity and basic requirements. 

3.  By submitting job or employer information, the employer voluntarily agrees to make it available to students/alumni for their review. 

4.  Employers offering commission-only or “salary draw” positions may request to use our services.  However, the terms “straight commission” or “draw” must be explicitly stated in the job posting so students are fully aware of the type of compensation.

5.  Jobs that will not be approved for posting and/or on-campus recruiting include: 

  • Jobs which limit applications based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, personal appearance, age, physical or mental disability, political affiliations, or other discriminatory policies
  • Positions located in a home office or residence
  • Personal services such as child care, lawn care, in-home personal assistants,personal nursing care, individuals needing computer assistance, etc. 
  • Pyramid schemes or multi-level networking/marketing
  • Business ventures or opportunities that require an initial investment
  • Companies that do not have readily available background information about their organization.  Such companies and organizations may be asked to supply lists of customers/clients and proof of intent prior to participating in on-campus recruiting activities or job postings.
  • Any other company which misrepresents itself to students or provides vague intentions
  • Failure to submit a Training Plan for unpaid internships.
  • Unpaid internships that do not meet the above criteria set by the U.S. Department of Labor.  


By participating in recruitment activities at HPU, the employer agrees to accept and comply with the policies and procedures discussed above.  The CSC reserves the right to refuse services to any company or organization who violates any of these policies and/or guidelines. 


Last Revised:  September 2010