Policy and Hiring Guidelines
- Information and Policies
A variety of jobs and internships are posted on Handshake, including but not limited to those which may be classified as full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary.
- Employers and Contacts
To post jobs on Handshake, employers must first create an account for their organization, and that account must list at least one contact person for the employer. Employers must be willing and able to furnish all required information on the registration form, including but not limited to a website, business address, and description of the business. New employer contacts must also be willing and able to furnish all required information on the registration form, including but not limited to a phone number and email address. Please refer to the registration forms for more details.
All employers who are allowed to utilize Handshake for job postings must comply with all applicable Federal and State Discrimination and other Employment Related Laws. Failure to do so may result in the employer’s posting not being activated for posting on Handshake.
- General Procedures in Posting Jobs and Internships
Job and internship postings on Handshake must display accurate information about the positions they represent. As such, employers will be prompted to provide specific required information about the positions they post to Handshake, including but not limited to job or internship title, salary/wage information, and a description of duties. When this process is complete, Career Services personnel will review the postings and, if deemed satisfactory, activate them.
- Direct Hire (W-2) and Independent Contractor (1099) Positions
In order for jobs for undergraduate students or recent graduates to be posted, they must be classified as Direct Hire, or W-2, positions; moreover, candidates must be paid wages commensurate with local, state, and federal regulations.
Positions for which workers who are employed as independent contractors (or as “1099” employees) will only be posted for UNC alumni. Furthermore, any 1099 posting must include the following disclaimer: "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."
error_outline Please note that 1099 independent contractor recruiting is not permitted at UNC’s career fairs, nor are these positions eligible for on-campus interviews.
- Commission-only Positions
We are happy to post commission-only positions for our alumni, provided that they meet the following requirements (in addition to those described under direct hire and independent contractor):
- Employer must provide training and ongoing mentoring
- Employer must provide marketing and advertising of product and/or service
- No up-front, out-of-pocket, non-refundable fees required of students or graduates
- No part of compensation is dependent on recruiting others
- Third Party Recruiters
We follow general NACE guidelines in working with third-party agencies, and provide direct assistance to third party agencies which meet the following general criteria:
- Charge no fees to candidates
- Reveal the identity of the employer(s) being represented in the posting. (We in Career Services at UNC will not attempt to redirect business away from third-party recruiters by offering to deal directly with the employer.)
- In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), release candidate information only to the identified employer. Re-disclosure of candidate information to other employers or entities is not permitted without the explicit written consent of the candidate.
- Provide a position description for a valid opening
- Comply with Federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity laws.
(Please refer to NACE’s Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals for more details)
UNC welcomes paid, unpaid, for credit, and noncredit internship opportunities for students; however, please note the following:
error_outline The University of Northern Colorado does not affirm or represent that a posting or opportunity for an internship, whether paid or unpaid, complies with The Fair Labor Standards Act and/or other applicable Federal and State Labor and Employment Laws.
- Legal Issues and Considerations
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) contains statutes that, among other things, describe requirements regarding when individuals must be paid for work performed and the minimum hourly wages individuals must be paid. These issues customarily involve a determination of whether an individual is “employed” by a business or organization. The FLSA defines the term “employ” to mean to “suffer or permit to work.” The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued its “Fact Sheet #71” regarding “Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.” This document provides general information regarding whether interns must be paid minimum wage and, where applicable, overtime pay under the FLSA.
Among other matters, the Fact Sheet describes and discusses six criteria that are applied to determine if an internship qualifies for an exclusion from the payment provisions of the FLSA. These six criteria are:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for time spent in the internship
error_outline The University of Northern Colorado urges all employers to become familiar with the applicable legal issues regarding unpaid internships and to obtain advice from informed legal counsel regarding these matters.
- Network Marketing Organizations
Network Marketing Organizations are ineligible to post jobs on Handshake, conduct on-campus interviews, and participate in UNC’s career fairs.
Career Services considers organizations that conduct the following practices to be Network Marketing Organizations:
- Sponsor an individual to establish their own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to establish their own business.
- Require an initial capital or cash investment, account balance, or similar fiscal requirements from the individual. Examples of an initial investment include but are not limited to the purchase of a starter kit and/or supplies, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and direct payment of a fixed fee.
- Compensate employees by way of fees derived from, and/or a percentage of sales generated by, other employees under the individual’s sponsorship in the organization.
- Domestic Positions
Career Services will no longer post domestic employment positions (e.g. nannies/babysitters, care givers, private tutors, housekeepers, drivers, gardeners, etc.). To staff domestic positions, please refer to services such as Care.com, United Way, or Craigslist. (Please note that, as a matter of course, we refer UNC students who are interested in domestic employment positions to the websites noted above.)
- International Opportunities
International job and internship opportunities may be subject to verification with a variety of internal and external resources, including the U.S. Department of State.
- Colorado's Marijuana Industry
Organizations from and representatives of the marijuana industry are ineligible to post jobs on Handshake, conduct on-campus interviews, and participate in UNC’s career fairs.
- Adult Entertainment Industry
Adult entertainment industry organizations and representatives are ineligible to post jobs on Handshake, conduct on-campus interviews, and participate in UNC’s career fairs.
- Right to Refuse
The Career Services Office reserves the right to deny an employer access and participation based on previous experiences of our students, alumni, colleagues, and/or Career Services personnel that indicate that the employer has not or does not comply with any of the requirements described above.