Recruit at RIT

Prepare for your recruiting season with our office

Our office provides several ways for employers to promote their company to RIT students and alumni through a personalized curated list of services that every employer, big or small, can utilize.

  • Post co-op/internship or full-time job opportunities on our preferred platform Career Connect, powered by Symplicity
  • Host information sessions virtually or in person
  • Host recruitment tables in strategic high-traffic areas on campus  
  • Collect resumes and interview students and alumni through on-campus or virtual interviewing
  • Participate in our career fairs and networking events
  • Volunteer to hold mock interviews and/or participate in career workshops

Each one of our employer partners is paired with a specific point of contact in our office for all recruitment needs. To learn more about recruiting on campus and participating in career fairs, reach out to your contact or call our office at 585-475-2301.

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Post Jobs and Schedule Interviews

What are some advantages of posting a job through our preferred career platform RIT Career Connect?

  • Easily post your position to a career platform that reaches more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.
  • Tap into the talent you seek. RIT students and alumni come prepared having been immersed in the latest technology and education in their field.
  • Narrow your targeted qualifications to specific academic programs and request resume books of students in programs of interest.
  • Seamlessly collect applicant materials and schedule on-campus or virtual interviews.

Employers who wish to interview on-campus are welcome to use our recently updated facilities in Bausch & Lomb Center, which includes seven designated interview rooms.

Visit the RIT Career Connect webpage to learn more about our platform, and how you can get started today.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are an excellent opportunity for employers to promote their organization’s career opportunities, employee benefits, work culture, and recruit new talent. Information sessions can be held in a variety of ways and in multiple settings. These may include presentations held on-campus or through a virtual setting, requesting recruitment tabling, or holding networking one-on-one events.

Employers can request recruitment events through our career platform RIT Career Connect. Please reach out to your Career Services contact or email our office at for more details.

Event Best Practices

  • Timing is everything: Consider holding your information session early in the semester to get a jump on the competitive recruitment season.
  • Post Your Positions: Employers are encouraged to share a link to or brief description of the positions they are seeking.
  • Give Your Information Session a Title: Drive attendance by marketing your information session with a title that best reflects the content of the event.
  • Send the Right Presenters: Let the event topic determine what representative you send. Alumni, new hires, current co-ops, or hiring managers who know specifics about various job openings or work culture are best.
  • Host a Recruitment Table on Campus: A recruitment table in a college lobby or high-traffic area on campus is one of the best ways to reach a large group of students.
  • Consider Taking the Time for a Networking One-on-One EventWhile presenting information to a large group can be a time-saving option, holding 10-15 minute one-on-one conversations with students often draws more interest.
  • Make it Interactive: Students can be deterred by information sessions that seem like college lectures. Combat this perception by making your event interactive with trivia questions, polls, or games.
  • Give Away Branded MaterialsStudents love getting free stuff! Distributing swag can be a fun way to boost brand recognition on campus, while also drawing students to your event.
  • Partner with On-Campus Organizations: Connect with the talent you’re trying to attract by reaching out to on-campus RIT Student Clubs and Organizations.

Academic Schedule

Fall Semester

Aug. 28–Dec. 20, 2023

Semester Break

Dec. 21, 2023–Jan. 15, 2024

Spring Semester

Jan. 16–May 8, 2024

Summer Term

May 15–Aug. 13, 2024

Dates reflect first day of classes and last day of exams. Students may have the flexibility to begin work earlier or continue their co-op beyond the start and end dates during the RIT semester breaks. RIT's academic calendar

Recruitment Expectations

We adhere to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Offer Guidelines and Principles for Ethical Professional Practice.

This act prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination with respect to hiring, termination, and recruiting or referring for a fee. 8 U.S.C §1324(a)(1)(B). Employers may not treat individuals differently because they are, or are not, U.S. citizens or work authorized individuals. U.S. citizens, asylees, refugees, recent permanent residents, and temporary residents are protected from citizenship status discrimination. Employers may not reject valid employment eligibility documents or require more or different documents on the basis of a person’s national origin or citizenship status.

This act prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination with respect to hiring, termination, and recruiting or referring for a fee. 8 U.S.C §1324(a)(1)(B). Employers may not treat individuals differently because they are, or are not, U.S. citizens or work authorized individuals. U.S. citizens, asylees, refugees, recent permanent residents, and temporary residents are protected from citizenship status discrimination. Employers may not reject valid employment eligibility documents or require more or different documents on the basis of a person’s national origin or citizenship status.

Any postings which require U.S. citizenship only will be accepted if your organization is required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract to do so.

All job postings are accepted with the understanding that the employing organization gives fair and open consideration to all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, physical handicap, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran of the wars including Vietnam. It is also agreed that students and graduates will be accepted and assigned to jobs and otherwise treated without regard to the factors identified above.

RIT’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy (D18.1) and Faculty/Staff Alcohol and Drug Policy (C15.2) require that the university comply with local, state, and federal law. To the extent a proposed posting or internship involves the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a substance defined as controlled by the federal government, RIT will decline all such postings and internship/co-op opportunities and will not allow recruitment of our students.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Recruit Diverse Students

Through our diversity recruitment initiatives, we strive to assist our students in finding both co-op and full-time employment with organizations that value diversity. Our office has developed strong relationships on campus that work with multi-cultural student support, and we will work closely with you to customize a recruitment strategy that aligns with your diversity objectives.

If you are interested in hiring diverse RIT students, contact Maria Richart, Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education, at

The objective of the Affinity Networking Reception is to bring together RIT special interest affinity groups and employers who are committed to recruiting a diverse and talented workforce. Typically the event last about two hours and gives students an opportunity to talk with employers prior to the career fair. Student groups will set up tables, and employers will walk around and interact with students. Some of the groups that attend include: ALANA Collegiate Association (ACA), American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), Engineers of Color Creating Opportunity (ECCO) National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Women in Engineering (WE@RIT), Women in Technology (WIT), Women in Computing (WIC), and others.

To add this event to your University-Wide Career Fair registration, please modify your registration in Career Connect or email

If you are interested in recruiting diverse talent, but cannot attend this event, please consider utilizing one of the following recruitment options, which are at no cost.  

Additional Recruitment Options:

  • Access to the Affinity Resume Book
  • Promotion of positions to diverse students via newsletter
  • Promotion of Information sessions to diverse students via newsletter

We are always happy to set up a phone/zoom conversation and discuss other options to address an employer’s hiring needs.

If you have questions regarding the Affinity Networking Reception or recruiting diverse talent, please contact Maria Richart (

One of the most effective ways to reach students directly is to get involved with student groups and organizations. RIT has more than 25 career-related organizations including:

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 
Engineers of Color Creating Opportunity (ECCO) 
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) 
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Women in Business (WIB @RIT) 
Women in Computing (WIC @RIT)  
Women in Engineering (WE @RIT)  
Women in Technology (WIT @RIT)

Recruit Students with Disabilities

We are dedicated to working closely with employers to effectively connect with this community and meet diversity recruiting objectives. Interested in recruiting students with disabilities? Contact our office at

If you need assistance recruiting deaf/hard-of-hearing students or alumni at RIT, work with the NTID Co-op and Career Center (NCCC) and learn more about its Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) encourages a broad definition of disability:

“A physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.” This includes but is not limited to blindness, deafness, cancer, diabetes, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and asthma.

Hiring within the disability community can not only benefit the new hire but the organization as a whole.

  • Increase organization retention
  • Tax and incentive benefits
  • Insight on a lucrative market

These benefits are also available to companies that hire people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Employees with ASD offer:

  • High focus and reliability with tasks
  • Strong analytical skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • A diverse workplace that every employee can benefit from

If you and your organization are interested in recruiting students in this community, a support team is available. Our office alongside the Spectrum Support Program is here to assist you in creating an inclusive work environment, including recruiting qualified candidates, hiring, training, and maintaining employees with disabilities. 

Recruit International Students

Globalization and improving diversity inclusion in the workplace are some of the initiatives employers are tackling in the upcoming years. Be one step ahead of this growing work trend by hiring international students from RIT. 

If you are interested in hiring international RIT students, contact Julian Huenerfauth, Assistant Director of International Students, at

International students offer employers the:

  • Adaptability to work within a diverse, unknown workplace
  • Tenacity to see a project through to completion and its success
  • Capability to provide a new, multicultural perspective that will contribute to the team

Federal regulations permit the employment, or practical training, of international students on F-1 (foreign student) and J-1 (exchange visitor student) visas within certain limits. Students in these statuses may work off-campus after completing one academic year of full-time study and obtaining the proper authorization from their school or the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS).

The BCIS defines practical training as employment related to the student’s course of study.

CPT authorization allows students to participate in co-op, internship, and other experiential learning opportunities.  Provided by International Student Services at RIT, the organization will provide the student with a new SEVIS I-20 that employers use and the student’s passport as verification documents for the I-9.

Students may work on co-op for whatever period of time their academic programs designate. This can be as short as one term and as long as five terms.

OPT authorization allows students to participate in part-time and full-time work. Provided by the BCIS, the organization will issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that students will use with their passport for I-9 verification.

Students may work part-time during the academic year or full-time work during vacation, after completion of course work, and after graduation.

Students on J-1 visas have somewhat different regulations regarding the length of their visas, the conditions under which they can work, and what they may do on completion of their visas. Students on J-1 visas must have the written permission of their program sponsor (the university or agency that wrote their DS-2019 form) to engage in any type of employment but do not need to obtain an EAD card from INS.

Students can engage in up to a total of 18 months of academic training during their studies and after they graduate.

Many international students are hired after completing their studies for long-term employment in the United States. A student who has completed the minimum of a bachelor’s degree and is entering professional level employment is eligible for an H-1B (temporary worker) visa. This will allow the graduate to work in the United States for six years.

Employers can simply make an offer of employment to the student and do not have to take additional steps within their company. Employers should note that each period of employment must be authorized and that students who return to the same employer for several co-op positions must be reauthorized for each one. 

All paperwork is handled by the student and RIT’s International Student Services. Students are instructed to bring the proper verification documents to the company personnel office when they begin their employment.