Employer Policies

If you wish to recruit at the Tufts Friedman School, please review and abide by the following policies:

  • Principles for Professional Conduct

    As stipulated in the National Association for Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct, employment professionals will work within a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing, and selection techniques.

  • Non-Discrimination Policy

    The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center expects employers not to discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

  • Confidentiality and Non-Solicitation Policy

    Organizations using Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center’s services for recruiting purposes must keep student information and personal data confidential, regardless of its source. This includes information gathered in person, written documents, and computer databases such as Handshake. Information you gather on campus or from Handshake will be for the sole use of recruiting for open positions at your organization and cannot be shared outside your organization or used for any other reason, including marketing to students.

    The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center will not post unpaid jobs or internships that require students to advertise to, solicit and/or recruit other students on the Tufts Friedman School campus. This includes Campus Ambassador and Brand Ambassador positions.

  • Posting Jobs & Internships

    The following kinds of positions can be posted on Handshake for Tufts Friedman School students:

    • Internships for Master’s and Doctoral students
    • Jobs requiring a Master’s or Doctoral degree that current students can begin after graduation
    • Jobs for more experienced alumni

    We consider the NACE guidelines when deciding whether a position counts as an internship.

  • Paid/Unpaid Internships

    We follow NACE’s guidelines on unpaid internships.

    Fair Labor Standards Act
    Employers posting internships in Tufts Handshake should review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division guidelines on compensation. This DOL Fact Sheet provides information on whether workers are considered unpaid interns or paid employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It is expected that employers who post internships are in compliance with this criteria.

    When posting internships offering a stipend in Handshake, the stipend must equal at least minimum wage (when divided by the number of hours worked) in order to qualify the position as paid.

  • Third-Party Agencies

    Including recruiting and staffing agencies and executive search firms
    We do not post jobs for third-party agencies unless:

    1. The name of the hiring organization is clearly stated in the job title or description OR
    2. The job is an internal position within the staffing agency

    Students’ resumes may not be sent to any third-party agency’s clients.

  • Commission-Based Jobs

    Positions that include commission-based compensation must fully disclose the compensation structure in any job posting or at any virtual or on-campus recruiting event.

    With the exception of financial advisor and real estate positions, jobs offering only commission-based compensation may not be posted in the Handshake database.

  • Financial Investment
    We will not post any job or position that requires a financial investment on the part of our students or alumni.
  • Disclaimers

    The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center reserves the right to exclude or remove any employer from recruiting activities and to edit, delete, or refuse any employer profile or job posting at any time, including based on student feedback. The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center also reserves the right to report any allegations of misconduct to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) or other relevant parties.

    The hosting of employer, job, and internship information in our Handshake database should not be considered an endorsement by the Block Career Services Center or Tufts University of the organizations posting the positions or the positions posted.

  • Offers

    Offer Guidelines for Employers of Tufts Friedman School Students

    These offer guidelines have been developed utilizing the recommendations from our professional organization, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center strongly believes that student candidates for both jobs and internships deserve adequate time to evaluate offers and to be empowered to make informed decisions regarding their future careers and employment.

    While these offer windows are longer than those for some industry-specific hires, we believe they provide a good balance between fulfilling the recruitment needs of our employer partners while also providing students with an appropriate timeframe for making decisions around job and internship offers.

    These policies will also help to minimize instances of reneging on an offer (an event that negatively impacts both the student and employer, and one that we highly discourage).  This situation most often occurs when students feel time-pressured to accept an offer within a very short window of time (i.e. less than 2 weeks). Ultimately, our goal is that the recruiting experience is positive for both the employers and students and the outcome is ultimately a successful hire and an offer is accepted.

    General Guidelines: We ask that employers strive to communicate decisions to candidates within a reasonable time frame and should refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptances (i.e. encouraging a student to renege on an accepted offer from another organization).

    As with all guidelines, these are not universally applicable to every employer, and we ask that employers use common sense when evaluating offer timelines. The Tufts Friedman School Block Career Services Center is always happy to help and to discuss questions you might have around these offer guidelines.

    More information on this topic can be found on the NACE Website: 

  • Rescinding or Deferring Employment

    Employers should carefully review and follow the recommendations made by NACE in the Position Statement on Rescinded and Deferred Employment Offers. The statement includes a review laws regulating employment, relevant ethical issues, and makes recommendations for resolving individual situations fairly.

  • COVID Disclaimer

    Tufts encourages Friedman School students to discuss shared expectations with a potential internship site before they begin their internships, to confirm if they will be working remote, in-person or hybrid, and to understand the COVID protocols for each opportunity they chose to pursue, including the following:

    • Tufts expects internship sites to follow all available public health guidance and protocols from state and health authorities and to take appropriate precautions to prioritize the health and safety of all participants, including by implementing infection-control measures such as requiring face coverings and social distancing in all internship locations where students might be placed.
    • Tufts expects students to follow the University’s policies and guidelines around infection control and, where appropriate, to comply with additional precautions that may apply at the internship site.

    Tufts does not control or operate external placement sites and cannot advise students or employers on state or federally mandated COVID protocols.  However, if students have concerns regarding their health, they are encouraged to use resources available through Tufts COVID webpage:  https://coronavirus.tufts.edu.