Recruitment Policies


SUNY Cortland is pleased to host recruiters seeking graduates for full-time employment and summer jobs or internships. Prime recruiting time is September to November for fall semester and February through April for spring semester. Call 607-753-4715 for more information about virtual and on-campus recruiting opportunities.

Career Services will contact academic departments, students, and initiate publicity to encourage the largest number of candidates to sign-up for recruiting schedules. Recruiters are asked to remember that students class schedules and commitments make schedule changes very difficult.

On-campus job fairs currently hosted at SUNY Cortland include the annual Career Fair, Summer Job and Internship Fair, and Teacher Recruitment Day.

Additionally, if your organization has any recruitment events to which you would like to invite SUNY Cortland students and/or alumni, please post your events on Handshake. You are welcome to contact us via email at for more information. Approved events in Handshake will be included on our website calendar of events.

SUNY Cortland Employer/Recruitment Policies

The SUNY Cortland Career Services Office is committed to developing a successful recruitment experience for all parties involved.  Career Services is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and adheres to guidelines set forth in its Principles for Ethical Professional Practice. As such, all recruiters and employers must agree to the following policies:

  • Employers must comply with all federal, NY State and local government Equal Employment Opportunity laws and must not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.
    • Organizations must accurately describe the responsibilities and requirements for the opportunities it offers in all publicity, including information sessions and receptions.
    • All conditions for advertised positions, including any pre-employment fees or costs, must be clearly publicized in the position description. This includes, but is not limited to, unpaid internships, commission based positions and positions offered by third party recruiters. [See the section on Employers with Commission-based Opportunities, Purchases or Fees, below.]
    • It is strongly preferred that organizations pay interns for work performed. All intern employers are required to adhere to New York State and U.S. Department of Labor law. Career Services reserves the right to decline to post any unpaid/non-credit internships.  For more information on paid/unpaid internship guidelines, see DOL Factsheet.
  • Requests by employers for selective referral of candidates will not be honored.
  • Non-Cortland students may not participate in on-campus recruiting programs designed exclusively for SUNY Cortland students and alumni without express permission.
  • Reasonable advance notice is requested to schedule a campus recruitment date.
  • Candidates failing to show up for campus interviews may be denied access to future interviews. Advanced notice of cancellation prior to interview date must be given in order to remain in good standing within the on-campus recruiting program.

Career Services reserves the right to terminate/refuse recruiting privileges for any organization violating recruitment policies or known to discriminate in its hiring practices.


SUNY Cortland uses Handshake, digital career platform, for employer job postings, managing campus interviews, recruitment events and facilitating networking between students, alumni and employers. We ask that all employers publish their opportunities in Handshake to provide equitable access to SUNY Cortland students and alumni (where appropriate).  Handshake employers are able to post positions with all participating campuses, including the majority of schools in the greater New York State area. Employers who do not have an account with Handshake are encouraged to join and select SUNY Cortland.  SUNY Cortland uses Handshake to create and publicize events and manage on-campus recruitment.  Posting positions in Handshake allows all interested SUNY Cortland students and alumni who meet employer criteria to view employer openings. Visit the Handshake employer site.  

Posting Positions in Handshake

SUNY Cortland Career Services reviews all employers interested in posting positions in Handshake.  Career Services will approve opportunities with complete contact and job/internship information according to approval criteria.  Career Services reserves the right to reject any employer or opportunity that does not adhere to stated guidelines. Employers must enter the following when posting in Handshake:

  • The legal name of the organization
  • First/last name and job title of the appropriate contact
  • Organization email address (organizational email domain preferred)
  • Full mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Website address (not a Facebook address or other social media address)
  • Organization description
  • Job title/job description
  • Required skills, education, experience
  • Salary or wages if applicable

Employers with Commission-based Opportunities, Purchases or Fees

Those offering commission-based compensation, purchasing of a franchise, product/service, or any fees to the student must clearly and fully disclose this information in the posting as well as in any interview or recruitment conversations prior to offers. Note:  A draw against future earnings is considered commission based. 

Third Party Recruiters

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), third-party recruiters are defined as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own agency needs. This definition includes, but is not limited to, employment agencies, search firms, contract recruiters, and resume referral firms. Third party recruiters are required to disclose their status as third party recruiters in their Handshake organization and position descriptions. Students working with third party recruiters are encouraged to work with Career Services if they have questions about third party recruitment practices.

[Employer/Recruitment Policies last updated June 2020.]


Students are encouraged to regularly check Handshake, the Career Services website, and their Cortland email accounts to take advantage of on-campus recruiting opportunities.

All recruitment requires sign-up registration unless otherwise stated. Signups are a professional commitment to complete the interview process. A student who fails to show up for his/her interview will not be allowed to sign-up for any other on-campus recruitment. Students are expected to dress appropriately for interviews, and to arrive for the interview at least ten minutes before the scheduled time. Smart students (and all Cortland students are smart) write thank you notes to the interviewer immediately.