All marketing material must be approved by the UCC. We reserve the right close employer’s accounts in Hire-A-Niner and restrict access if there is a violation.
The ICC counsels students and alumni to conduct an ethical job search. Students and alumni are urged to cease their job search upon accepting an offer. They are highly encouraged, when faced with an offer, to ask the offering employer for 24 hours to consider, then contact any "first choice" employer(s) they have engaged, for which they would rather work, and inform the employer that they have the offer, and ask if the employer could hire them. Students and alumni should not accept an offer until they have made such contact and are satisfied they will stay with their chosen employer.
UNC Charlotte’s University Career Center invites employer organizations to register for career fairs and recruiting events provided they meet the following basic criteria:
- The organization has or expects to have one or more bona fide internship, co-op, part-time, temporary/seasonal, or full-time opportunities of a professional nature.
- The organization must accurately describe the conditions for employment, including the nature of pay (for commission-based opportunities) and any initial financial investment.
- The organization must meet all of the University Career Center’s employer requirements and must have an approved employer account in Hire-A-Niner.
- The University Career Center reserves the right to deny access and participation in career fairs and recruiting events to any organization.
- All decisions concerning registration of companies and organizations are made at the University Career Center’s sole discretion.
Employers can increase their visibility and build their organization’s brand on campus while connecting with students through Employer Office Hours. Recruiters participating in Employer Office Hours can give back and support students in their career exploration using their knowledge, experience, and career insights. Students receive the opportunity to meet with a professional in their field of interest in a casual, informational interview setting. Employer Office hours may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All companies who recruit UNC Charlotte students or alumni, either on- or off-campus, should be aware of, and adhere to, our recruiting policies. The UCC staff is happy to help you with any questions or to address any concerns that a company might have about these policies. A company that fails to abide by these policies may be penalized with the loss of priority scheduling status, restriction on student and event access, and cancelation of on-campus events.
Recruiting events are defined as any activity where company-specific information is presented/provided/shared including, but not limited to, details about company culture and opportunities. Events can include presentations, informational sessions, meetings, club events, networking events, and dinners. Events and programming to student clubs must be approved by the office. Companies may not require student attendance if it conflicts with class schedule. Presentations and events must be open to all students and alumni. All recruiting can be scheduled through your Hire-A-Niner account.
Students and Alumni: All current UNC Charlotte students (Full-time and Part-time) and Alumni may attend recruiting events.
Employers: Open to all employers registered in Hire-A-Niner interested in recruiting UNC Charlotte students and alumni.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is only available to F-1 visa students who are and have been lawfully enrolled as a full-time student for at least nine consecutive months (The only exception is for graduate students who must begin a required practicum or internship immediately upon entering their Program of Study).
Curricular Practical Training refers to employment that is related to a student’s major field of study and is required as part of the student’s degree program, is necessary to fulfill a course requirement, or otherwise is an integral component of the student's curriculum for which academic credit is required.
CPT can be authorized for part-time employment (20 hours per week or less) or full-time employment (more than 20 hours per week). Students who accumulate one year or more of full-time CPT are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (a separate program), which is usually authorized after the completion of a degree program. Authorization for CPT must be renewed each semester a student wishes to continue employment. (Students are only allowed to work 20 hours/week when they are enrolled full-time.) Summer internships may be 40 hours/week. The physical location of employment may not exceed a radius of 1-1.5 hour(s) drive time from the University (except in summer).
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment benefit which allows eligible F-1 international students to gain valuable work experience in their field, usually following the completion of their program (or coursework for their program, in the case of graduate students in a dissertation or thesis period). To qualify, international students need to have been enrolled full-time for a minimum period of one academic year.
F-1 Curricular Practical Training Questions and Answers
When can a student apply for this benefit?
At least 10 business days prior to the start date of employment.
The University Career Center requires 5 business days to review work authorization requests from the date the student accurately completes their submission in Hire-A-Niner. The International Student and Scholar Office will require an additional 5 business days (for a total of 10 business days) to review and approve a student's opportunity and issue a new I-20 or DS-2019.
What documents does a student need to present to apply for this benefit?
- A written job offer letter containing the prospective CPT employer’s name, CPT job title, semester start and end dates of employment, number of hours, and physical location of employment. (Must be on company letterhead.)
- A "Curricular Practical Training Approval Request Form" completed and signed by the students’ academic and/or internship advisor, depending on the requirements of the College/Department and nature of the CPT assignment.
When can students begin work?
Students may begin work only after they have followed the “CPT via the University Career Center” employment confirmation process and obtained written permission (I-20 authorization) from the Associate Director for the International Students and Scholars Office. CPT authorization cannot be backdated, and working prior to obtaining approval is a violation of status. If you work illegally, you must leave the United States, re-enter as an F-1 student, and wait nine months before becoming eligible for employment benefits, such as Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training.
How long can a student work in curricular practical training?
It depends. There is no upper limit on part-time Curricular Practical Training, but any student who works full-time CPT for 12 months or longer is not eligible for Optional Practical Training.
Must a student work for the same employer during the entire period of my CPT?
Changing employers while on Curricular Practical Training requires submission of a new application through the “CPT via the University Career Center” employment confirmation process and final approval from the Associate Director for the International Students and Scholars Office.
Where can employers direct students for full instructions on the “CPT via the University Career Center” approval process?
Students should be directed to the “CPT via the UCC” website for thorough instructions. They are encouraged to carefully read and engage the approval process, as all questions will be answered through these instructions.
Information sessions give employers the opportunity to promote their organization and provide current job or internship opportunities to students in an interactive setting. Information sessions are a great way for alumni employers to come back to campus and network with current students. Most information sessions are one hour long and consist of a company presentation detailing the values and mission of the company, recent projects, company culture and their hiring process followed by a Q&A and an opportunity for students/alumni to network with recruiters. Both “on-campus” and “virtual” information sessions are available.
Info sessions are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the recruiting season at 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM. Information Sessions can be scheduled through Hire-A-Niner.
The Mock Interview Program (MIP) is a wonderful way to build an organization's brand and demonstrate the company's investment in the professional development of UNC Charlotte students and alumni. Employers participating in the Mock Interview Program provide invaluable advice and insight to undergraduates and graduates on interview skills, while building relationships with possible future hires. While the focus is not an opportunity to hire for a specific position, employers may use the program as a pre-recruiting tool to generate interest in their organization with students across majors. Throughout their job search, students have often turned to their mock interview employer as a real, prospective employer.
Employer Mock Interviews conducted on-campus: The MIP team will assist employers in setting up dates and times using available rooms.
InterviewStream: The MIP team will assist employers in creating a custom interview practice set on our InterviewStream platform. These interview sets will be available and marketed to students for a set time period during the semester.
Virtual Mock Interviews: The MIP team will assist employers in setting up dates and times using available technology spaces.
Please email Matthew French, Assistant Director for the Mock Interview Program, at email@example.com to get involved with the professional development of UNC Charlotte students and alumni!
An effective way to recruit highly talented UNC Charlotte students is to take advantage of on-campus interviews. This allows employers to maximize their recruiting efforts while accommodating the busy academic schedules of students. Employers that recruit on campus create connections with students/alumni and increase their visibility on campus. Interviews can be scheduled through Hire-A-Niner.
Note: Employers must have a current posting in Hire-A-Niner to participate in on-campus recruitment.
Key Recruiting Dates
Interviews are offered Monday through Friday between the following dates:
|July 1, 2016||OCI Scheduling Begins|
|August 29, 2016||Fall 2016 Recruiting Begins|
|December 2, 2016||Fall 2016 Recruiting Ends|
|January 23, 2017||Spring 2017 Recruiting Begins|
|April 28, 2017||Spring 2017 Recruiting Ends|
Preselect vs. Rooms Only Service
Employers may choose our full-service Preselect reservation option, where you will find the University Career Center ready to provide you with a range of services.
We recognize that individual organizations have their own process for talent acquisition, and may be required to use their own system to collect resumes and create interview schedules. In these circumstances, where employers are in need of office space to conduct on-campus interviews, we offer Rooms Only reservations.
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|Targeted Marketing for your OCI||✔|
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|Candidates' Resume Book||✔|
|Hard Copy of Interview Schedule||✔|
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The UCC, through its Hire-A-Niner recruiting system, serves as a “clearinghouse” for collecting and distributing postings of all experiential learning opportunities (Internships, Cooperative Education, Academic Credit Internships) for the entire University in order to provide a fair and equitable way for all students to access opportunities.
The Employer Relations Team will review internship descriptions for the following criteria:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience provides for applying the knowledge a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferrable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives /goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic course of study.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise, educational, and/or professional background in the field.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
Additional Guidelines for Unpaid Internships
Employers providing unpaid internships may advertise on Hire-A-Niner; however, the position description must adhere to U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division standards for Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The UCC requires an internship to be a minimum of 80 hours/5 weeks in length in a semester for consideration.
While the terms “Cooperative Education” or “Co-op” and Internship are sometimes used interchangeably by both employers and students, UNC Charlotte recognizes Cooperative Education under the following criteria:
- Paid career-related educational work opportunity to help undergraduate students gain experience in a professional setting before graduating.
- Available to students in the College of Computing and Informatics, William States Lee College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Belk College of Business.
- Participating students may work 3 full-time semesters of work alternativing with full-time semesters of school, 2 back-to-back full-time semesters of work, or 3 parallel part-time semesters of work with part-time semesters of school. The degree and pattern of student participation can vary in the College of Computing and Informatics and the College of Engineering.
- Students are enrolled in a zero-credit transcript notation course during each work rotation in order to maintain their full-time student status.
- There is a $60 registration fee for transcript notation that is applied to a student's account each work rotation (and co-op seminar rotation via the academic department).
The UCC allows employers to post the following types of opportunities:
- Part-time Jobs
- Full-time Jobs (both those requiring a degree and those not requiring a degree)
- Temporary and Seasonal
- Internships (paid/unpaid)
Open to all employers interested in posting positions to recruit UNC Charlotte students and alumni with the following guidelines:
- Must have current or anticipated job openings for currently enrolled college students or alumni.
- Must be a licensed business.
- Must comply with all federal, state, and local Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action laws and regulations regarding age, race/ethnicity, disabilities, religion, gender, etc.
- Employers with virtual opportunities must define the working location of the student (refer to Exceptions Apply to Posting Opportunities below)
- If the opportunity is a virtual internship opportunity, please refer to the Policy on Internships and Co-ops
Any posting can be placed on hold, and possibly closed by the University Career Center, if guidelines are not met.
The Following Exceptions Apply to Posting Opportunities
- Multi-level or pyramid marketing opportunities will not be accepted.
- Positions for which the work assignment is in a private residence or a residential or PO Box address is provided for the business and/or point of contact, will not be accepted. This also applies to start-up organizations that would require a brick-and-mortar location for centralized company operations.
- Positions related to in-home care or in-home employment with private individuals will not be accepted (including babysitting, senior companions, housekeeping, yard work, etc.). Positions of this type will only be listed through a licensed and bonded business or agency.
- Positions requiring students to pay money upfront or fees to be employed will not be accepted. This DOES NOT including professional licensure fees that may need to be covered by the employee (e.g., insurance licensing fees to sell insurance, etc.).
- Positions that violate copyright or intellectual property guidelines will not be accepted.
- Positions soliciting organ donations, blood donations, or clinical drug trials or studies will not be accepted.
- Positions soliciting illegal or fraudulent activities will not be accepted.
- Marijuana/Cannabis Industries: The UCC will not accept positions related to the use or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level, and UNC Charlotte receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law. In addition, the use of marijuana violates the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act and continues to be banned on campus.
- Third-Party Organizations recruiting for international positions, or International Third Party Organizations, will not be allowed to post opportunities in the system.
The UCC reserves the right to deny a posting, contact access, and terminate an employer account at any time.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), third-party employers are defined 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.
Third-Party Employer Services
The UNC Charlotte University Career Center (UCC) policy states that third-party employers who contract to recruit on behalf of client organizations or for their own internal positions are permitted to utilize the following recruitment services offered by the UCC:
- Approved third-party employers may post positions online in Hire-A-Niner. All position fees must be paid by the employer, and no financial investment or payment may be required by student or alumni for employment. Third-party employers must disclose in Hire-A-Niner the name of the organization and position(s) that is being recruited for; this information will be viewable by UCC staff only (not students or alumni).
- Approved third-party employers may participate in the on-campus interview program providing:
- You must submit an interview schedule through Hire-A-Niner and link a job posting to the schedule
- The use of on-campus recruiting space for interviews is only open to UNC Charlotte students and alumni. Employers may not interview members of the public on campus.
Note: At this time, third-party organizations recruiting for international positions, or international third-party organizations, will not be allowed to post opportunities in the system.
Services/Products NOT Available to Third-Party Employers
- Search student resumes and profiles, including access to resume referrals/books
- Schedule information sessions or recruiting tables
- Setup employer office hours
- Participate in the Mock Interview Program
If a third-party employer would like to register with the UCC,the organization must adhere to our guidelines, policies, and national best practices listed and described in the UCC Talent Recruitment Policies and NACE Principles for Professional Practice. Any organization that violates these principles will have their recruiting privileges revoked. In order to register and recruit UNC Charlotte students and alumni, you must register through Hire-A-Niner.
The UCC reserves the right to deny a posting, contact access, and terminate an employer account at any time.
The services and programs of the UCC have been developed in accordance with the Principles for Professional Conduct established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers using services and/or facilities of the Center for campus interviewing, employment listings, candidate referral, career fairs and/or information group meetings are expected to follow these guidelines. All employers must abide by Equal Opportunity Employment and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Additional policies include, but are not limited to
- Employers must provide valid contact information including an organizational email account. Personal email addresses (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will not be authorized to use UCC services. The only exception is if the company name is listed at the beginning of the email address, and that email address is listed on the company website and/or used as the "contact us" email for the organization.
- Employers must provided a brick-and-mortar location for centralized company operations; a residential or PO Box address provided for the business and/or point of contact will not be accepted.
- Multi-level or pyramid marketing opportunities are not accepted.
- Organizations promoting opportunities for independent contractors to start their own business requiring students to pay money or fees to be employed are not eligible to participate in UCC recruiting activities. This DOES NOT include professional licensure fees that may need to be covered by the employee (e.g., insurance licensing fees, real estate license fees etc.).
- Employers are not allowed to solicit or sell their products or services during the course of recruitment.
- The UCC reserves the right to deny a posting, contact access, and terminate an employer account at any time.
Recruiting tables are located in high-traffic areas on campus, such as the Student Union. A recruiting table allows employers to interact with students in an informal manner, to search for candidates, and/or promote their organization. Employers participating in this program will have a 6x3 table and table covering, and they are encouraged to bring a table or pop-up display, marketing materials, and promotional giveaways. Recruitment tables can be scheduled through Hire-A-Niner.
- The request will be submitted by the UCC Staff to our Reservations Department. The recommended days to recruit are Tuesday-Thursday, and to submit the request ASAP as the table availability will fill up quickly through the reservation system. We must have at least a week notice to request a date, and there is no guarantee a recruiting table can be obtained.
- Employers should provide a first and second choice of when they would like to recruit. This will allow our staff to process the request more quickly in the event first choice is not available.
- We require a 24 business hour notice to cancel a reservation. If not, the UCC can be denied the ability to book additional tables for employers during a given semester. Any “no show” for a request not canceled by an organization can incur a fee of $150, which is the booking rate for an organization not sponsored by a campus office.
UNC Charlotte expects any student or alumni accepting a job offer to honor their commitment to the accepted position and company. Our office will not tolerate reneging on offers, as this not only affects the individual student's relationship with the affected company, but also that of their classmates and the institution. As a result, students and alumni who renege on an accepted offer will be subject to a number of penalties, as deemed appropriate by the UCC. These penalties can include immediate elimination from the Resume Book, loss of all access to job postings and all Center resources, and suspension from Hire-A-Niner.
Acceptance Expectation of International Students
International students are counseled to know that if they accept an offer for CPT via the University Career Center and complete the Work Authorization process through UCC and ISSO, they will not be issued another authorization if they renege on an opportunity. Upon accepting an offer and securing Work Authorization, their job search is to cease.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) applies to any school that receives federal funding. Students consent to make their resumes available to recruiters through the Resume Books. Resume Books are intended for the use of recruiters only.