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 for more details.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
This act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate with respect to hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, based upon an individual’s citizenship or immigration status. The law prohibits employers from hiring only U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents unless required to do so by law, regulation, or government contract. Employers may not refuse to accept lawful documentation that establishes the employment eligibility of an employee, or demand additional documentation beyond what is legally required, when verifying employment eligibility (i.e.: completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-‐9), based on the employee’s national origin or citizenship status.
The Immigration and Nationality Act
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.
Recruiting Policy on Marijuana and Cannabis Industries
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.
International Experience Program
Through our International Experience Program, we aim to expand our employer partnerships to offer more international co-op, internship, and other related work experiences.
There are unique advantages to employing co-ops abroad, as RIT students are:
Mature and prepared to be effective employees as they have completed at least one co-op.
Passionate about being successful in a global economy and committed to applying best practices
Knowledgeable of cutting-edge technologies and can provide insight to your teams
Qualified candidates who will have expertise in their field as well as global experience to fill your future full-time positions
Preparing our Students
Before our students take part in a work abroad experience, we ensure they are ready to effectively applying their skills to your workplace by:
Requiring at least one year of language training for the country in which they will be working
Providing cultural adjustment training and tips for living and working abroad
Offering training on health and safety practices when living and working overseas
Assisting with work permit and visa paperwork as needed
Providing ongoing communication and support while students are abroad
Partner with RIT
To be a partner in our International Experience Program, contact Maria Richart, email@example.com, Director of Career Services and Co-op, who can answer any questions you may have. Our team will request you have the following prepared:
A job description aligned with your company’s interests and needs. This position can be for a 4-8 month timeframe and should be beneficial for both the student and your company.
Compensation that minimally covers the cost of living in the country. Our students are responsible for their travel to your location overseas; however, we appreciate any assistance you can provide in locating housing close to your company’s site.
Appropriate training and mentoring to the student during their program.
Willingness to complete an online evaluation of the student’s work performance toward the end of their program.
Highlighted Corporate Partners
The following organizations have joined RIT’s International Experience Program to provide students co-op and internship positions abroad.
Briggs of Burton PLC
Xerox Research Center Europe
University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
A Door to Italy
What our partners are saying
“Cultural Vistas is always thrilled to partner with RIT’s Work Abroad Program to send top students on international internships. RIT students have an eagerness to pursue a diverse range of opportunities which take them all over the globe. The coordination and support that Cultural Vistas receives from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is invaluable to the success of our programs.”
Katerina Holubova, Senior Program Director, Internships Abroad
“We have been hosting RIT interns for five years and the opportunity has been really beneficial for both the students and us, as their employers. The biomedical photography students we host get to see a wide range of clinical work at a major UK hospital, working with colleagues and other members of the healthcare team and most importantly patients, developing interpersonal skills and applied photographic techniques. The students are always keen to learn and, importantly for us, share their knowledge and the new skills they are learning at RIT. The students we have worked with have all gone on to make a successful starts to their careers and it is great to have played a small part in that.”
Paul Crompton, University Hospital, Cardiff, Wales
Recruiting 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 Diedra Livingston, Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening before the University-Wide Career Fair, we host the Affinity Reception. This is a reverse-style fair where student groups have tables and employers are invited to interact with them in a less formal setting. This is a great opportunity to meet students before the event.
Student Groups and Organizations
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:
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.
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
Eligibility to Work
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.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Hires
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.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Hires
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.
J-1 Visa Hires
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.
Work after Graduation
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.
Hiring an International Student
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. If you are interested in hiring international RIT students, contact Julian Huenerfauth, Assistant Director of International Students, at email@example.com.
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.
Contact International Student Services at 585-475-6943 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruiting Students with Disabilities
We are dedicated to working closely with employers to effectively connect with this community and meet diversity recruiting objectives.
Approximate number of people in the United States who have a disability
Adults who have a disability with a bachelor’s degree or higher
Students with a disability in college today
Approximate number of deaf or hard-of-hearing students on RIT’s campus
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
Diverse workplace that every employee can benefit from
Support at RIT
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.