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How do I let students know about my full-time job/part-time job/internship opportunity?
You can post it on Handshake, our online job board. Visit Handshake to create your employer account and submit your posting. This option allows you to return to our job board and make changes or updates to you own posting, or post new positions.

Okay, my position is posted. What other ways can I outreach to your students?
Here are the most popular options we have available:

  • Conduct company-specific information sessions
  • Host a visibility table in a high-traffic part of campus
  • Attend career development events as a speaker or industry professional
  • Present a workshop on a career-related topic of your choice
  • Participate in a career fair
  • Host drop-in hours in the Career Services office
  • Interview students at either our Cheney or Spokane campus (requires additional coordination with Career Services)

If you are interested in setting up any of these activities, please complete an Employer Intake Form, email Nate Bryant, Employer Relations Manager,  or call him at 509-359-6058. We look forward to hearing from you!  BACK TO TOP

What fees are involved with recruiting?
It depends on the activity. Free recruitment includes posting positions directly with EWU, holding information sessions or office hours, hosting visibility tables on campus, and on-campus interview sessions. There are registration fees, however, for some of our larger events such as career fairs. Also, if you're interested in hosting an information session during lunch or evening hours, we recommend that you sponsor lunch for students. Lastly, many of our events have optional sponsorship opportunities for employers. BACK TO TOP

What are your employer recruiting policies? Can any job be added to your job board?
Our policies are available here. The short answer is no, not every job can be included. BACK TO TOP

Could you just send a student to work for me if I tell you what skills I need them to have? We don't have enough time/staff/etc. to do any hiring right now.
Unfortunately, the size of our student body makes it impossible for us to know the skills and qualifications of each student, so we are not able to recommend individuals.  On top of that, we don't know your office culture well, so we can't discern what kind of person would be a good fit for your team. Lastly, most students that we encounter want to know what they are getting into before they begin a job.  You are much more likely to have success if you participate in the recruiting process. We'll be glad to help make it as easy on you as possible.  BACK TO TOP

I can't pay anyone, but I have something I need done. I can have an unpaid intern and you'll give them academic credit, right?
Thanks for thinking of our students, but that's not quite how internships work. There are educational requirements and legal issues to consider (see the US Department of Labor's Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act). Bottom line: interns are not supposed to replace the work of a paid employee.

That said, we understand some requirements may not be clear when considering the context of your workplace or planned project.  Please call us for questions or qualifications; we're more than happy to walk employers through the process. The National Organization of Colleges & Employers has also developed some great resources for employers. Don't miss their Postion Statement on US Internships, or their 15 Best Practices for Internship ProgramsBACK TO TOP

My job posting isn't getting the response I'd like. What do you recommend?
There are a number of reasons this could be happening. We will need to look into the specifics of your posting before making recommendations. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like us to dig a little deeper into your post. Some common culprits can include:

  • The time of year/academic quarter. There are times of the year when students are job searching less.  Holiday breaks, finals, summer term, the list goes on. There are also times when recruitment season is in full swing and it's busier on our job board, which may create more competition for your posting.
  • How much (and what kind of) information is in the posting: Our students are savvy. They appreciate clear, concise, error-free descriptions that demonstrate your company's professionalism and thoroughly describe the available opportunity. Vague information, "sales-y" language or unclear messages will deter applicants.
  • The type of position(s) being posted: Some types of opportunities are more popular among our students than others.  
  • The pay of the position: Compensation depends on a number of factors, including position type, responsibilities, industry, hours/week, etc.  It is a good idea to benchmark your compensation against other similar opportunities.  Also, if you are considering an unpaid internship, it must be in full compliance with existing law.
  • Your desired qualifications: Students take requirements seriously. Many will  not apply if they don't meet every single one of your specifications. To wdien your pool, you may want to emphasize only what is absolutely necessary.  BACK TO TOP

Can you tell me more about EWU and your student body?
Sure! You can find Facts at a Glance here, which will tell you both about our students and our alumni. We are especially proud of the fact that 53% of our graduates are the first in their families to earn a college degree, and that our student diversity percentage is 28%.  BACK TO TOP

I have more questions. Who can I contact?
Nate Bryant, Employer Relations Manager. You can reach him at, or by phone at 509-359-6058. BACK TO TOP

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