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General Policies

Swarthmore College Career Services follows the Principles for Professional Conduct established by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and requires employers to practice the same principles to ensure equitable recruiting.

Before posting an internship, please review the U.S. Department of Labor's Fact Sheet [pdf] on intern compensation. This fact sheet provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to "for-profit" private sector employers.

Offer Policy to Summer Interns

If an employer elects to make a full-time or returning internship offer to one or more of their summer interns, we request that you allow the student until November 15 to accept/decline the offer. This will ensure that the student has necessary time to make an informed decision. Swarthmore College hosts the majority of fall on-campus recruiting in October and early November.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Erin Massey

Policy for Posting Opportunities to Teach English Abroad

Career Services at Swarthmore College is happy to assist organizations that provide opportunities for our graduates to teach English abroad, providing they meet the following criteria: 

1. The organization must have a website which provides the following:

  • Details of the program, including specific responsibilities of the applicant, how the organization works with applicants in securing teaching opportunities and arranging travel and housing, and support provided by the organization while the individual is abroad teaching
  • Application timeline and process
  • Fees involved, if any
  • An indication of what teaching certifications are required, including: TEFL, TESOL
  • Pay structure
  • What health coverage, if any, is provided or how candidates would arrange for health coverage
  • Safety and housing information
  • Clear description of working and living conditions
  • Support that the organization provides to teachers while they are abroad

2. The organization must provide the Career Services with at least two references from past participants in the program.

3. The program must be formally structured so that applicants understand the role the organization will play in arranging for their teaching opportunity and the support that will be provided when they are abroad.


The Tri-College Recruiting Consortium, consisting of the career centers of Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College, actively seeks to provide students and employers with creative and purposeful ways to engage in meaningful employment conversations and formal recruiting opportunities. We support ethical, equitable and fair recruitment practices without exception. Our recruiting policies, with slight differences, are consistent and congruent among our three peer institutions. We remind all recruiters to review and abide by our policies, using the following links: Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore policies.

Internship & Externship Agreements

Career Services is not able to sign any internship or externship agreements with employers, organizations, or companies on behalf of the College.  It is important to note that, as a general practice, the College does not provide any type of insurance coverage for or on behalf of students during an internship or externship.