CSU Recruiting Eligibility Requirements

All employers must be deemed legitimate organizations with verifiable business name, physical address, email address, phone number (website is desirable) and the name of a contact who can be reached at the listed address(es). Most companies with salaried positions that require college degrees are eligible. 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 Professional Practice, including the following criteria: 

  • Must have current or anticipated job openings for college graduates or interns 
  • For current students, employers must have an “employer-employee” relationship for paid positions (W-2) and have no required fees, (other than professional licensure fees for career employees) 
  • 1099 positions are eligible for posting on Handshake 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 www.irs.gov or 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. 
  • Must subscribe to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws established by the Federal and Colorado governments 

Commission, Sales, and Financial Industry Positions

Career Services strives to provide information that will connect Colorado State University students to the best possible job opportunities offering training, support, and structure in internships or entry-level positions appropriate to recent graduates and alumni. Ideally, we look for positions that offer work experience related to a student’s major or career goals in which they can continue building 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/internship opportunities must comply with the following criteria: 

  • Direct Hire (W-2) positions only. 
  • For-profit companies with door-to-door sales models are not eligible to utilize CSU Career Services. 
  • 1099 positions are eligible for posting on Handshake 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 www.irs.gov or 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. 
  • Company must provide training and ongoing mentoring. 
  • Company must provide marketing and advertising of 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. 
  • No part of compensation is dependent on recruiting others. 
  • No repayment/reimbursement for training costs, draws-on-commission/cash advances on salary should the CSU student or alumni decide to leave the position for any reason. 

CSU Recruitment Inquiry Form

Marijuana and Hemp Employers

Colorado State University receives federal funding and CSU career services is limited to posting jobs that comply with both federal and state laws. Therefore, organizations involved in the production and/or promotion of marijuana, which is non-compliant with federal law, are not eligible to utilize CSU career services to recruit. Employers involved in hemp production and research may be eligible to utilize career services if they can provide the following: 

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

 Counsel will be sought from CSU’s legal department as needed to ensure compliance with university policy as well as state and federal law. 

Network Marketing Organizations

Network Marketing Organizations are not considered “employers” by Career Services and are not eligible to participate in on-campus interviewing, resume referrals, job listings, employer presentations, and/or sponsorships for on-campus activities. 

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

  • Sponsoring an individual to set up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business.
    – AND –  
  • 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. 

Another characteristic of a Network Marketing Organization may be that compensation is in the form of straight commission, fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others. 

Third-Party Recruiting Agencies

The CSU Career Services, in accordance 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 follow general NACE guidelines in working with third-party agencies as published in the Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals. 

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

  • Third party recruiters will be allowed to post positions if they provide a full job/internship description for a valid 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 offering to deal directly with the employer. If CSU is already working with the named employer on recruiting efforts, this creates a conflict of interests and further investigation will be warranted.  
  • In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), any candidate information provided by the college or university will be for the exclusive use of the recruiting agency and the identified employer. Re-disclosure of candidate information is not permitted. 
  • Third party recruiters must comply with all federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity laws (Titles VI and IX, and ADA). 
  • Third party recruiters are prohibited from charging any fees to students in exchange for services.