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Campus Placements in US Universities – Jobs, Internships Recruitment


Campus Placements in US Universities – Jobs, Internships Recruitment


Are there Campus Placements in American Universities? Do they Offer Job offers directly ?

If you were to ask anyone in a typical US university, they would be wondering about the term “placement” as they are not used to it much. Many call it On-campus recruitment.  Every US University has something called a Career Services Center, which will focus on helping you getting jobs, help you prepare for interviews, etc..

In a typical campus placement in India, there would be common exam conducted to about 500 or all students in a College and they pick the top 10% or 5%. But, recruitment works differently in US. Firstly, they would NEVER conduct a mass recruitment like what happens in India by conducting a general test.  Secondly, it is always driven by student interest.  Most of the times, companies that recruit through the university do NOT offer a job directly, rather they will offer you an internship or co-op. Companies would like to see you work for few weeks or months before they hire you full time. It is a great concept, because they get to see your work and you get a chance to prove yourself as well.

In general, top schools have tie-ups with fortune 500 companies. The University Career Center typically arrange something called a Career Fair, where you would get a chance to drop off your resume at a company’s  recruitment booth and understand about the company. Some time, they will do on the spot recruitment and offer internships…if not, they will reach out to you at later point of time. As a student, it is your responsibility to check and follow up with the recruitment teams.

Also, Career centers would have an internal job portal. You may need to pay some extra money to join that…But, the advantage is that you get to apply to jobs posted there by company recruiters. Some companies prefer to talk to students in person and then recruit, so they will circulate the job or internship by an internal posting and subsequently they will schedule interviews on –campus and then recruit you for an internship or job at times…



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