Job Offer Policy
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE CAREER CENTER JOB OFFER POLICY
The Career Center asks employers to provide fair and reasonable time periods for candidates to evaluate employment offers prior to making a decision that will affect their future careers and personal lives. The Career Center will work with both the candidates and employers when and if these guidelines are not followed. The guidelines are in place to help the Career Center determine a course of action on a case-by-case basis.
Job Offer Policy
Candidates are to be given adequate time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to job offers. This policy shall be applied to both full-time and summer internship offers thereby establishing overall fairness to all participating parties. The below referenced time frames shall assist employers in planning their recruitment strategy and allow both employers and candidates the opportunity to participate fully during the recruiting season.
Any and all full-time and/or internship offers extended to candidates during a summer or adjacent fall semester will remain valid for a minimum of three (3) weeks (21 days) or through October 15; whichever date is later. Any and all offers made during a spring semester for that adjacent summer or end of graduation start date will remain valid for a minimum of two weeks (14 days).
Any and all offers extended at the conclusion of an externship/leadership program during the Spring/Summer terms, employers should give until September 1st or a minimum of 2 weeks (14 days), whichever date is later for students to accept or decline the offer.
Any and all internship offers extended in the Spring/Summer terms to start the following Summer, employers should give until September 1st for students to accept or decline the offer. For example, if an internship is offered to a student on March 23, 2020 for a start date of June 1, 2021, the employer must give until September 1, 2020 for the student to accept or decline the offer.
All associated offer features (bonuses, start date, relocation costs, etc.) will remain valid for the entirety of the aforementioned offer time frames. Offers extended within two weeks of the last day of a spring semester may be accompanied by a shorter timeframe than the aforementioned two weeks.
Candidates may accept an offer prior to an offer deadline. Employers may extend offers with deadlines beyond the aforementioned time frames.
The UD Career Center recruiting policy is informed by the Reasonable Offer Deadlines Guideline as set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).