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Recruitment Policies


Eligible jobs for which you may recruit through the Career Center consist of professional duties and salaries or hourly wages. The Career Center does not support full commission-based positions, opportunities that require candidates to pay fees for application processes, training, equipment, or other job-related expenses, positions that are based in home offices or private residences, pyramid schemes or brand ambassadors,  or food or personal service positions. Additionally, all businesses posting jobs and internships must operate lawfully under federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Acceptable internships provide students with structured learning experiences, regular supervision, and exposure to professional aspects of chosen fields.

AU is now partnering with QuadJobs, where businesses and individuals can post non-career track job opportunities (e.g. waiter, delivery person, camp counselor, other personal services, etc.)


In order to utilize Career Center services, you and your organization must comply with American University regulations and applicable federal, state, and local laws, including:

  • Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in Employment and Education American University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) against any AU community member on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases"). Compelled by law (the Solomon Amendment), the Career Center grants one exception to the U.S. military so as to avoid the loss of all federal funding, which includes federal student financial assistance and research grants. Read our message to students about the military's policy on service by transgender individuals.
  • Anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act if screening applicants based on their work authorization.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, particularly the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's fact sheet #71 about internship programs. 


The Career Center ascribes to Principles for Ethical Professional Practice, set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and expects employers to review and adhere to them as well.


Third-party recruiters must adhere to the AU Career Center's Third-Party Recruitment Policies and may recruit AU students and alumni at the discretion of the Career Center.

Upon registering for a Handshake account, a third-party recruiter must either disclose a full or sample client list to the Career Center, and/or decide to disclose the name of the organization in each job listing they post. Third-party recruiters, may participate in select campus recruiting activities as long as they provide position descriptions for eligible jobs upon request and refrain from charging candidates for their services. Recruiting options available to third-party recruiters include Handshake listings and semi-annual Job and Internship Fairs. If you would like to appeal for participation in other recruiting activities, please reach out to Julie Jones, the director of employer relations at


If you seek candidates for eligible jobs and internships, you may formally recruit AU students and alumni through Handshake listings, semi-annual Job and Internship Fairs, on-campus interviews, employer meet-up sessions, employer pop-up tables, and networking receptions. However, the Career Center reserves the right to deny you access to recruiting services at any time.

You may only use campus facilities, reserved by the Career Center on your behalf, for the purpose of recruiting AU students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. You must declare your presence on campus to the AU Career Center and be sponsored by our office in order to meet with students and alumni.

Due to space limitations on campus, employer meet-up sessions are only accommodated for organizations conducting on-campus interviews in the same time frame, or are in the top 25 of the Desired Employers List as ranked by students through our biannual survey.

Employer pop-up tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any organization recruiting students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. Employer meet-up session room requests and tabling are subject to availability.


In cases of inclement weather, on-campus recruiting activities proceed as planned when the university is open and are canceled or rescheduled when the university is closed. Please call 202-885-1100 for daily updates about the university's operating status.