CSU Recruiting Eligibility Requirements

All employers must be deemed legitimate organizations with verifiable business name, physical address, email address, web address, phone number  and the name of a contact who can be reached at the listed address(es). Foreign based businesses may be verified by the U.S. Department of State.

Employers must agree to abide by the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE) Principles for Ethical Professional Practice. Along with these Principles, employers must also meet the following criteria: 

  • Employers must have currently open positions or anticipate specific job openings for college graduates or interns.
  • For current students, employers must have an “employer-employee” relationship for W-2 paid positions and have no required fees, other than professional licensure fees for career employees.  
  • 1099 independent contractor positions are eligible for posting on Handshake only for experienced graduates (3+ years) and must include the following disclaimer in the posting: “This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information please refer to irs.govor talk with a tax professional.”
  • 1099 independent contractor recruiting is not permitted at Career Fairs nor eligible for On-Campus Interviews or Resume Referral Services. 
  • Employers must comply with laws associated with local, state, and federal entities, including but not limited to equal employment opportunity compliance, CSU non-discrimination statement and career services employer expectations, immigration, and affirmative action.

Commission, Sales, and Financial Industry Positions

Career Services strives to provide CSU students with information that will connect them to job opportunities offering training, support, and structure in internships or entry-level positions appropriate for current students, recent graduates, and alumni. Career Services looks for positions that offer work experience related to a student’s major or career goals which will permit the student or alumni to continue building relevant skills on the job. Due to varying employment, business, and compensation models used by employers, Career Services will exercise discretion in working with those employers that comply with our established policies and practices including policies with regard to commission positions as applicable. Commission-based sales, full-time opportunities, and paid summer or internship opportunities must comply with the following criteria:

  • Hire for W-2 paid positions only.
  • For-profit companies with door-to-door sales models are not eligible to utilize CSU Career Services.
  • Employers must provide training and ongoing mentoring to student or alumni hires.
  • Employee is not responsible for the cost of marketing and advertising of the product.
  • With the possible exception of obtaining industry licenses, no up-front investment, out-of-pocket, non-refundable fees, purchase of goods, inventories, sales leads required.
  • Compensation may not be dependent on recruiting others.
  • Employers may not require repayment of or reimbursement for training costs or draws on commission or cash advances on salary if the CSU student or alumni decide to leave the position for any reason.

Marijuana and Hemp Employers

As a recipient of federal funding, CSU Career Services is limited to posting jobs that comply with both federal and state laws. Organizations involved in the production and/or promotion of marijuana, which is or may be non-compliant with federal law, are not eligible to utilize CSU Career Services to recruit student or alumni employees. Employers involved in hemp production and research may be eligible to utilize Career Services if they can provide the following:

  • Evidence that they are registered with the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture AND
  • Information regarding the THC levels of the products they are selling

Career Services will work with the Office of General Counsel on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with CSU policy and state and federal law.

Network Marketing Organizations

Network Marketing Organizations are not eligible to participate in Career Services activities including but not limited to On-Campus Interviews, Resume Referral Services, job postings on Handshake, employer presentations, and/or sponsorships for on-campus activities.

Career Services considers organizations that engage in the following conduct to be Network Marketing Organizations:

  • Sponsoring an individual to set up their own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business.
  • Requiring an initial cash or capital investment, account balance, or similar fiscal requirements from this individual, with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may include, but is not limited to, such things as direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and/or purchase of a starter kit.
  • Compensation is in the form of straight commission, fees from others under the business owner’s sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others.

Third-Party Recruiting Agencies

The CSU Career Services, consistent with the Collegiate Career Services Association of Colorado and Wyoming (CCSA), uses the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ definition of third-party recruiters as “…agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment.”

We provide direct assistance to third-party recruiters that meet the following criteria:

  • Third party recruiters will be allowed to post job listings if they provide a full job/internship description for a valid, current, opening and disclose the nature of the relationship between the agency and the employer to Career Services staff. Although not required to be included in the posting itself, it is required that the name of the employer for which the third party is providing recruiting services be provided to Career Services. CSU will not solicit business away from third-party recruiters by attempting to deal directly with the employer. If CSU is already working with the named employer on recruiting efforts, this creates a conflict of interest and further exploration may be warranted. 
  • In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), any student or alumni information provided by CSU will be for the exclusive use of the third-party recruiter and the identified employer. Re-disclosure of student or alumni information obtained through Career Services is not permitted.
  • Third-party recruiters must comply with all federal and state equal employment opportunity laws, including but not limited to Title VI and IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the CSU non-discrimination statement and career services employer expectations.

Third-party recruiters are prohibited from charging any fees to students or alumni in exchange for services.

CSU Recruitment Inquiry Form

If you are unsure of whether you meet our employer eligibility policies, please fill out this form and a member of the Employer Connections team will contact you to discuss.

CSU Recruitment Inquiry Form