On Campus Recruiting at Swarthmore
On campus recruiting (OCR) takes many different forms here at Swarthmore and is a great way for students to connect with a variety of employers without leaving campus. Employers come during both the fall and spring semesters, with dates as early as the first few weeks in September. "Swarthmore students have a well-earned reputation for long hours of studying and high achievement in academics, but those aren't often the traits employers are primarily seeking. In the nonprofit jobs I recruit for, the biggest keys to success are probably being able to master a steep learning curve while staying flexible enough to deal with rapidly changing work environments and other unforeseen challenges. It turns out that Swarthmore is a great place to find these attributes as well." --Tim Ifill, Executive Director, Philly Fellows
Our staff offer students both professional attire through our Career Closet as well as interview preparation and practice to help students make a great first impression. Students can find schedules for employers who recruit on campus. "When I was looking for internships last year, I relied primarily on [SwatCareers] which had plenty of summer and full-time opportunities. [...] I found that I had a better chance of receiving interviews through those channels rather than applying directly on a company's website. I had interviews with many places through [SwatCareers'] opportunities, and that's where I found my summer internship and subsequent full-time offer. I would definitely recommend that students use OCR, and I would strongly suggest that students take advantage of both the online opportunities ([SwatCareers] in particular) as well as the staff and CPAs in the office."-- Wen Huang '14
Employers and students can connect in the following ways through our on-campus recruiting program:
- Information sessions: Info sessions are typically 45-60 minutes long and are in the evening or at lunch to accommodate students’ schedules. Students get the opportunity to meet with recruiters (and often times the actual interviewer who would be conducting on-campus interviews). At these sessions, recruiters give presentations or talk to students one on one. Students are encouraged to come meet the recruiters, ask questions about the organization, and find out if this would be a good fit for them. All class years are encouraged to attend.
- Tabling: Recruiters will set up a table at the entrance of Sharples to meet with students entering and leaving the dining hall. This is a great way for students to learn more about an organization without having to “scheduling” anything in advance.
- On-campus interviews: A number of employers do come to campus to interview students for full time and internship positions. Students will need to apply for positions through SwatCareers. A majority of our on-campus recruiting relationships are the result of alumni connections. If you’re an alumnus/a and would like to recruit Swarthmore students, please feel free to reach out to our Associate Director Erin Massey.