ACES Career Services is focused on achieving the best matches between students and employers.

To that end, we support the Principles for Professional Practice as adopted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Recruiting Guidelines

The principles are designed to provide practitioners with three basic precepts for career planning, placement, and recruitment:

  • Maintain an open and free selection of employment opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose optimum long-term uses of their talents that are consistent with personal objectives and all relevant facts;
  • Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable to candidates and employing organizations;
  • Support informed and responsible decision-making by candidates.

Adherence to the guidelines will support the collaborative effort of career planning, placement, and recruitment professionals while reducing the potential for abuse. The guidelines also apply to new technology or third-party recruiting relationships which may be substituted for the traditional personal interaction among career services professionals, employer professionals, and students.

University of Illinois Recruiting Guidelines

ACES Career Services requires employers to follow the University of Illinois recruiting guidelines.

Offer Guidelines

We recognize that students should have the opportunity to investigate all employment options of interest when making their career decisions. The following offer guidelines have been established to support the NACE principles and ensure that undue pressure is not placed on students by employing organizations.

All employers should extend offers in writing and be prepared to exhibit written offers to the appropriate career services office. Illinois does not condone the use of exploding offers or any other practice that puts unreasonable pressure on students. These offers do not afford a candidate the appropriate amount of time to either accept or decline and put enormous pressure on students to decide before they have completed the interviewing process. We understand that firms need to know their hiring needs before the start of recruiting, however, it is in the firm’s and students’ best interest if students are granted ample time to make informed decisions.

On occasion, students may request an extension beyond the dates given. Each request should be considered on a case-by-case basis, and be accommodated if possible. Please feel free to reach out to a member of ACES Career Services to discuss any questions or concerns related to this policy. The possibility of negotiating decision deadlines should be clearly stated to students at the time the offer is made for both full-time and internship positions.

If you must rescind an offer, you shall contact the students and the appropriate career services office immediately. Internship or full-time offer reneges are a serious breach of the student use agreement; should this occur, please contact the appropriate career services office immediately. Individual offices at Illinois may have different offer deadline policies, so please check with the appropriate career services office if you have any questions.

Offer Deadline Summary

Offers Resulting From: For: Cannot Expire Before:
Summer Programs Internship offers resulting from summer activities, such as leadership conferences. Three weeks after the start of fall semester or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Internships or Co-ops Full-time conversion offers resulting from previous internship or co-op. Three weeks after start of subsequent academic term or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Fall Interviews Full-time or internship offers November 15 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Spring Interviews Full-time or internship offers April 1 or two weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.