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Recruit Miami Students

Why Hire A Miami Student: The Miami Advantage

Miami was recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Miami was ranked in the top five of public and private universities in this category. Princeton, Brown and Dartmouth were ranked as the best private universities.

Engaged Employees

In a global economy, we know that engaged employees can be a sustainable competitive advantage — one that Miami can help you achieve. As an engaged university, we are preparing students with the breadth of real-world experiences and the depth of academic preparation in their major to actively engage with employers like you based on their:

  • academic achievements
  • internships and practical learning experiences
  • cross-disciplinary client-centered projects
  • faculty-supervised research
  • leadership and cross-cultural experiences
  • digital competence
  • and community service

As “T” shaped students, Miami’s students are uniquely prepared to meet your ever-changing talent needs. Read our employer brochure which explains exactly why Miami is an excellent fit for your organization’s recruiting efforts, from Miami’s commitment to teaching to our nationally recognized academic programs. Miami offers a wide range of undergraduate studies, graduate studies, research centers and writing programs that can support your organization's talent needs.

On-Campus Recruiting Services

On-Campus Interviewing

In an effort to best serve Miami University students, any organization recruiting Miami University students in Oxford, Ohio, without offices in Oxford, Ohio, must conduct all interviews on-campus in the Center for Career Exploration & Success' Interview Center in Armstrong Student Center located in the center of Miami’s Oxford campus on Spring Street. The only exceptions to this policy are interviews conducted on the days after Fall, Spring and Teacher Career Fairs. Such interviews are to be conducted in Millett Hall, where each of the fairs are held.

  • On-Campus Interviewing is coordinated using Handshake. We are currently updating the Handshake instructional guide to complement with the new employer interface on the website.

Recruiting Calendar Spring 2019

  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • January 28: Classes Begin
  • January 28: On-campus Interviews Begin
  • February 21: Spring Career Fair/No Interviews
  • February 22: On-campus Interviews (OCI) at Millett Hall
  • March 14: Non-Profit Expo
  • March 21 – 22: No Interviews
  • March 25 – 31: Spring Break/No Interviews
  • April 1: No Interviews
  • April 3: Teacher Job Fair (TJF) 2019
  • May 9: Interviews End (Classes End May 10)
  • May 18 – 19: Spring Commencement

Interviews in Armstrong Student Center are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from October through April. Thirty-minute interviews are customary; however, alternate arrangements can be made with sufficient advance notice. Recruiters are requested to arrive at the Center for Career Exploration & Success at least 15 minutes prior to the first appointment in order to check in and obtain their interviewing packets.

Weather Issues

  • In the event of inclement weather, recruiters should contact Crissy Jessie, Recruiting Coordinator to discuss the status of their on-campus recruiting activities.
  • In the event of a weather emergency, please contact the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2222. The dispatcher can provide employers with up-to-date information about university closures or delays due to severe weather. Please note that on-campus interviews (OCI) will be cancelled if the university closes and/or classes are cancelled (with only essential personnel for either case). OCI will still be held when there is a delay to the start of classes.

Recruiting Arrangements

All recruiting arrangements should be made through the Center for Career Exploration & Success web site using Handshake. To ensure timely publication of your recruiting visit, interviewing dates should be reserved at least two months in advance of the anticipated date of your visit. Scheduling well in advance is especially important for employers desiring prime interview dates in October, November, February, and March.

Recruiting schedules are available via our online system to students who are registered with the Center for Career Exploration & Success, and only registered students may participate in our on-campus recruiting program. The Center for Career Exploration & Success closely observes employers’ specifications pertaining to candidates’ academic background when conducting interview sign-ups.

It has been our tradition to emphasize to our students the importance of knowing as much as possible about the organization before presenting themselves as candidates for employment. Most employers have chosen to provide their Web site address to our office for student access.

Information Sessions and Receptions

Some organizations hold information sessions or receptions on the evening preceding their interviewing visit. If you wish to arrange such a “prenight:”

  1. Please go to Handshake
  2. Select events
  3. Request an information session

For information sessions without refreshments, a classroom will be scheduled upon request by our Recruiting Coordinator.

Please inform our Recruiting Coordinator, Crissy Jessie, of your plans at least four weeks prior to your visit.

For information sessions or receptions with refreshments, please contact Miami University Conference and Event Services at or 513-529-3770. Their event planning staff can arrange banquet and meeting spaces on campus as well as provide all of your catering needs.

For hotel accommodations contact The Marcum Hotel & Conference Center (513-529-6911). This is the preferred hotel of Miami University and conveniently located right on campus.

You may wish to send e-mail reminders for your pre-night to the students you selected for sign-ups. If you do send a reminder, be certain to include your organization name and the pre-night date, time, and location.

For information sessions/receptions that are open to any interested students, we suggest you contact selected faculty members for possible announcements in their classrooms and/or place an ad in The Miami Student newspaper (513-529-2210). The Center for Career Exploration & Success can also promote your event through our website and social media channels.

Guidelines and Conduct

The Center for Career Exploration & Success accords equal opportunity to all placement registrants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status or veteran status.

Employers visiting the Miami University campus for on-campus recruiting are likewise expected to conform to Equal Employment Opportunity regulations and related legislation in their recruitment and hiring practices.

Friendly reminder concerning alcohol: As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the professional association for college recruiters and career services professionals, Miami University abides by the NACE Principles for Professional Practice. The Principles document states “Serving alcohol should not be part of the recruitment process on or off campus. This includes receptions, dinners, company tours, etc.”  Therefore, we request that you support the no-alcohol policy while recruiting our students.

Posting Job and Internship Opportunities

Most employer services are accessible through our online system, Handshake. This system allows you to:

  • Create New On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Schedule Requests for Miami
  • Attach OCR Positions
  • Search the Student Resume Book for candidates
  • Create Non-OCR Job Postings (full-time and internship) for Miami
  • Request New Information Sessions
  • Post a Profile (i.e., provide details of your organization)

Employers wishing to recruit on campus or post positions must first register with Handshake. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Job Posting Policy

We urge employers to review Miami’s official Job Posting Policy.

Rescinded Job Offers

Rescinded job offers should be rare and uncommon occurrences. If you must rescind an offer, please contact the student and the Center for Career Exploration & Success immediately so we can assist the student. We may ask for your cooperation in assisting the student in finding another opportunity. Employers who rescind offers may be subject to suspension from recruiting at Miami for one semester or longer. Employers needing to rescind or defer employment should carefully review the guidelines and follow the NACE recommendations issued in 2002 in their Position Statement on Rescinded and Deferred Employment Offers.

Hiring International Students

Many employers are concerned about liability issues related to the employment of international students in the United States due to changes in the federal laws governing non-citizens. The Center for Career Exploration & Success’ Guide to Hiring International Students addresses concerns employers might have about recruiting international students.

Miami University Offer/Acceptance Guidelines

In order to give students enough time to make an informed and thoughtful decision(s), and in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers recruiting at Miami University are expected to adhere to the following timelines for all job and internship offers.

  • Converting Internships to full-time positions – Offer to remain open until October 15 th or 3 weeks from receipt of written offer, whichever is longer.
  • Full-time or Internship offers during Fall Recruiting – Offer to remain open until October 31 st or 3 weeks from receipt of written offer, whichever is longer.
  • Full-time or Internship offers during Spring Recruiting – Offer to remain open until February 28 th or 3 weeks from receipt of written offer, whichever is longer.

In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond these deadlines; we ask that you accommodate these requests, as best you can. We suggest that all employers extend offers in writing and strongly encourage all students to accept or decline in writing.

Miami University does not allow the use of exploding offers. An “exploding offer” is one that requires a decision in conflict with the timing mentioned above or offers incentives to induce students to accept offers early, such as diminishing bonuses and location preferences.

We appreciate your understanding of our students‘ need for time to make informed decisions and hope these timelines will be mutually beneficial for employers and students.

Career Fairs

Miami hosts one of the largest fall career fairs in the nation for an institution of our size. Our four annual career fairs offer you an opportunity to increase your organization’s visibility and meet a large number of Miami students.

The Career Fair

Held in mid-September, the Fall Career Fair is primarily for graduating seniors, though intern candidates also attend. Averaging more than 250 employers and approximately 2,500 students, this fair is one of the largest in the nation.

The Spring Internship and Career Expo

The mid-February Spring Career Fair is designed for candidates for both intern and full-time positions.

The Teacher Job Fair

Held in late March/early April, the Teacher Job Fair is designed for education candidates to meet and interview with school district representatives.

Other Career Fairs

The Center for Career Exploration & Success hosts various other career fairs as well, including various regional fairs, virtual fairs, the Architecture + Design Career Fair, and the Nonprofit Fair. For more information, please contact our Career Fair Coordinator.


An internship, broadly defined, is any type of supervised work or service experience related to one’s major or career interest in which a student has intentional learning objectives and reflects on the learning experience.

Internships frequently are positions requiring specific skills; essential duties may be complex and require the use of problem-solving and decision-making skills. Interns are often responsible for the creation of a final project, process, report, or materials. We require a reflection component from the student intern and ask their supervisor to complete an evaluation of the intern.

Opportunities are normally available to undergraduate students in their sophomore and junior years as well as to select graduate students. Positions are frequently paid and interns work for a single semester, usually during the summer. Some students complete two or more non-consecutive semesters with the same employer, usually with an increased level of responsibility and compensation each semester. Internships may be full or part-time, short or long-term, paid or unpaid, for credit or no credit or any combination thereof. For a comprehensive internship plan/roadmap, please review the Center for Career Exploration & Success’ Internship Creation and Maintenance Guide. The information below is a summary of the guide.

Building Internship Programs

Ideally, a successful internship program should meet the organization’s needs while providing students with relevant career experiences. An internship is a supervised work experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what is being learned throughout the experience. Learning activities common to internships include learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation, and assessment. A brief outline of things you may wish to consider as you begin establishing a program is noted below:

Determine organizational needs and capacity.

  • What departments or work areas would benefit from student assistance?
  • What learning opportunities can your organization provide to the student?
  • Who will be able to evaluate the student’s performance, bridging connections between what the student has learned in the classroom and applied during the internship?

Set Goals for the Internship Program

  • What does your organization hope to achieve from an internship program?
  • What are the desired outcomes for your organization and the student?

Define the Internship

  • What will the intern be responsible for? Draft a job description that clearly explains the job duties and pay level (see the U.S. Department of Labor Internship Fact Sheet and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Position Statement on U.S. Internships for further guidance).
  • Who will have primary responsibility for the intern? (Who has the ability to be a positive mentor/supervisor?)
  • What qualifications are required of the intern? (e.g., computer skills, communication skills, specific knowledge areas, etc.)

Employer Responsibilities

  • Offer an opportunity related to one or more aspects of a student’s major or career interest with agreed upon learning objectives.
  • Design a program of meaningful work that will educate the student about the industry, company and/or function and benefit the employer.
  • Provide adequate supervision, guidance, and resources for students to carry out their assignments. Complete an evaluation at the end of each work semester.

Employer Benefits

  • Excellent source of vigorous and enthusiastic workers to assist you with special projects or day-to-day operations.
  • Opportunity to evaluate candidates in a real work situation before offering a permanent position.
  • Enhance the image of your organization on campus, making it easier to attract high quality graduates.

The Center for Career Exploration & Success can help you identify qualified students to fill internship positions with your company. You can use Handshake to post your positions or email the postings to We will also send a copy of your internship vacancy notices to appropriate academic departments for posting and class announcements.