Employer Recruiting Guidelines and Procedures

Texas Career Engagement (TCE) at The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing equitable access to employers and providing comprehensive recruiting services to help connect you with our diverse undergraduate student, graduate student and alumni talent.

Organizations and talent acquisition professionals who wish to engage with and make use of the assistance and/or facilities offered by The University of Texas at Austin must have an approved account in HireUTexas powered by Handshake and must adhere to:

Additionally, each college and school has its own career center that manages employer relations and recruiting processes.

HireUTexas powered by Handshake Guidelines and Procedures

HireUTexas powered by Handshake provides access to all job types to students in all phases of their educational journey. Employer accounts and postings are reviewed based upon the information provided by the talent acquisition professional. Talent acquisition professionals must agree to all recruiting policies and postings must adhere to the criteria detailed below.

Employer Account Review Process

For a successful Handshake account registration with a high trust score, employers must:

  • Complete all required sections.
  • Provide as much information as possible to help students research and learn about your organization and opportunity.
  • Provide a professional website and matching contact domain email address (e.g., no personal, gmail, or yahoo accounts allowed).
  • Represent a recognized business with a business location and address; personal requests/postings are prohibited.

Staffing Agency/Third Party (SATP) Recruiters

HireUTexas powered by Handshake welcomes SATP postings that adhere to our recruiting policies. SATP recruiters (e.g., employment/staffing agencies) must sign the Staffing Agency Statement of Understanding and Compliance. This form details the compliance guidelines created to protect student and alumni materials and contact information when connecting with employers via a SATP.

Marijuana Industry

Marijuana/Cannabis Industries Position Statement
The University of Texas at Austin will not accept companies or post positions related to the study, cultivation, use, or distribution of recreational or cannabis or medical marijuana. As the use of cannabis and marijuana is illegal at the federal level, and UT Austin receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law.

Hemp Exception
If a company is licensed to research, produce, and market hemp then internship or work experience solely within that specific hemp-based industry will be considered for review. The company must provide Texas Career Engagement formal evidence of state licensure and a written attestation that they are compliant with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations in order to be considered.

Job Posting Review Process

HireUTexas powered by Handshake job postings are reviewed and approved/declined based upon the information you provide in your posting. All posted opportunities must:

  • Include a professional website to help evaluate the opportunity and recruiters must use a professional/organization-related email address in the contact field (e.g., no gmail or yahoo accounts).
  • Be used for the hiring of candidates for your human resource needs or the human resource needs of your clients; job postings cannot be used to advertise events, services, or programs (e.g., career fairs, test prep, placement or learning programs, etc.).
  • Include an English language website if your organization is based outside the U.S. and you must be hiring for your internal needs (i.e., no placement programs are allowed); for employment outside of the U.S., employers are advised to use the following language when stating applicant qualifications: “must be legally eligible for hire in the country of employment.”
  • Not include fees or purchase requirements for employment (e.g., fee-based training, fee-based placements or positions requiring the purchase of supplies or a training kit).
  • Not include referral bonuses.
  • Align with the goals of the university and provide experiences for the development of marketable skills and career competencies that ensure continued career growth.
  • Explicitly and transparently describe straight commission-based salary structures so that students are aware and informed when evaluating opportunities.

Internship Review Process

TCE believes that experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, create high-impact experiences for students and should be for the primary benefit of the intern. Both paid and unpaid opportunities will be reviewed and fully vetted if they align with the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet “primary beneficiary” test, and with NACE’s Criteria for an Internship to be Defined as an Internship.

  • Positions that do not comply with Department of Labor regulations listed above will not be approved (both paid and unpaid).
  • Positions requiring interns or employees to market/promote or create/develop free or fee-based programs, products, services, events, etc. and/or collect student information on the UT Austin campus on behalf of a company are prohibited and not in compliance with Regents’ Rules and Regulations.
  • Commission-only internships are prohibited.
  • Stipend-based internships are allowable and must meet the federal minimum wage requirement.
  • Remote/virtual internships, both paid and unpaid, will be considered and must comply with Department of Labor regulations and NACE’s criteria to ensure a high-impact experience.
  • Opportunities that provide all resources, equipment, and facilities are highly favored.
  • Postings for internships located outside of Austin that take place during the academic year are allowable, but please note that some UT Austin colleges and schools do not allow their students to accept these positions.
  • Unpaid Internships
    • Must pass the DOL “primary beneficiary” test. If the opportunity is deemed to the primary beneficiary of the employer, then the opportunity should be paid.
    • Unpaid internships that require students to pay out-of-pocket expenses are prohibited; examples include unpaid internships requiring students to pay for gas to run internship-related errands; purchase software; provide own equipment and facilities.
    • Additional unpaid and internship wage resources are available at NACE.

Academic Credit for Internships: Decisions regarding whether or not a student will be able to receive academic credit for an internship are made at the academic departmental level, not at the university level. The student is responsible for initiating the application for academic credit with the academic department.

HireUTexas powered by Handshake Disclaimer

HireUTexas powered by Handshake is a service offered at the discretion of The University of Texas at Austin to students, alumni, and employers free of charge. The University reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse access to employers at any time. Access to HireUTexas powered by Handshake job postings will not be allowed for employers that do not comply with our recruiting policies and guidelines detailed above, or for job types that do not appear to support the interests of students or the university. Employers and students are advised to use caution and encouraged to request reference information as needed to establish qualifications, credentials, and conditions of employment. Excessive postings, duplicate postings, and misleading postings are not allowed. Postings that do not correspond to a company’s actual interviewing, hiring, and compensation practices, or postings that misrepresent the identity and affiliation of the employer, are not allowed. Postings for positions that require at the time of application, personal information such as bank and social security numbers, or photos of the applicants are not allowed. Postings for positions that pay in cash, require a candidate to make a financial investment, or pay a fee prior to employment are prohibited.

Rights Reserved Statement

Texas Career Engagement reserves the right to ensure that employers and talent acquisition professionals remain in compliance with all policies, procedures, and guidelines. Any violation of this agreement may result in consequences up to termination of employer account and suspension of recruiting