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Internship Recruiting Calendar & Policies
Please note that new policies are in BOLD.
Upload job descriptions in COIN before your corporate presentation in the fall or one month before the position's application deadline, at the latest.
Best Practice: Upload job descriptions to COIN as early as possible before your company presentation and be very detailed regarding the position’s function, requirements, location, and work authorization to ensure that you receive the most prepared candidates. If job descriptions are uploaded late (less than one month prior to the application deadline) or are ambiguous, companies may be disappointed in application numbers.
Application Due Dates
Applications must be solicited through COIN for all position companies will recruit for on campus. Companies may require additional means of application if they wish; this information may also be communicated to candidates through COIN.
Application deadlines generally default to 9 a.m. ET one week before the invitation-list due date. For internships, the earliest application due date is December 1, 2015.
- The first two days of interviews are reserved for finance industry or function positions, which are any positions at a financial services company or finance positions at any other company.
- Finance industry and function positions may either:
- Hold interviews Monday, January 11, 2016, with second rounds Thursday, January 14, or later.
- Hold interviews Tuesday, January 12, 2016, with second rounds Wednesday, January 13; Friday, January 15; or later. (Preferable for recruiters traveling internationally.)
- First-round interviews for all industries and functions functions may begin Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
- Off-campus first-round interviews (any industry) may take place on Fridays beginning January 15, 2016, or on Tuesday, January 19.
- Interviews for fellowships or scholarships that include the offer of a summer internship should not take place until January 11, 2016. Offers must be left open in their entirety until at least February 19, 2016.
- Recruiters must advise the CMC of plans to hold offcampus first-round interviews to avoid significant recruiting conflicts. This notice must include the number of candidates seen and the duration of interviews.
Second Round interviews:
- Second-round interviews for positions outside of finance industry and functions may begin Thursday, January 14, 2016, and continue daily. Students may not be invited to or be asked to commit to second-round interviews before firstround interviews are complete. Second-round interviews are scheduled directly between the candidate and the company.
- If candidates are required to travel to other cities to interview, your organization’s policy on travel reimbursement should be clearly outlined in advance.
- Students may not be invited to, or be asked to commit to, second-round interviews before first-round interviews are complete.
- Second-round interviews are scheduled directly between the candidate and the company.
- Recruiters may not hold second-round interviews on the same day as first-round interviews.
- Students should be offered at least one alternate day for second-round interviews and may not miss academic commitments to interview.
- Students should not be expected to interview outside of the New York area on class days (Monday through Thursday).
- Companies choosing to interview students on Friday evenings or Saturdays must be prepared to accommodate students who request an alternate day for religious reasons.
Interview Blackout Periods
During interview blackout periods, firms should not offer formal interview schedules. Students should not be asked to interview during exam periods. There are also event blackout dates to keep in mind when planning your recruiting schedule:
- March 7–20, 2016 (midterm exams/spring break)
- April 29–May 13, 2016 (last day of classes/final exams)
Offers for Summer Internships
- Offers may be extended after 5 p.m. ET on Friday, January 15, 2016. Firms may not invite students to sell events or other post-interview events until an offer has been extended.
- Offers must remain open until at least February 19, 2016, or for a minimum of two weeks from receipt of a written offer, whichever is later.
- No offers should be extended at conferences or expos in advance of on-campus recruiting. Historically, students and companies expressed concerns where early commitments do not allow full exploration of opportunities for both parties.
- Offers for fellowships should also follow the above guidelines.
- The fundamental terms of an offer must remain unchanged until the expiration date, although incentives encouraging students to commit before the deadline are permitted, so long as incentives are small relative to the overall value of the offer.
- Hiring organizations should inform students of their status and/or timeline for decisions within two weeks of their interviews, regardless of outcome.
- The rescinding of a verbal or written job offer, unless done under extenuating circumstances such as unforeseen business conditions or egregious student behavior, is a very serious violation of Columbia Business School recruiting policy and will be handled accordingly. Delayed start dates of an extended period may be considered rescinded offers as well. Sanctions against firms in violation of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any organization considering rescinding an offer or delaying a start date should first contact Bruce Lloyd, director of employer relations.
- Students who accept offers verbally or in writing and then renege on that commitment have violated recruiting policy and the Columbia Business School Honor Code. Sanctions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will include disciplinary action, which may result in the suspension of recruiting privileges and/or a requirement to appear before the Dean’s Disciplinary Committee.
The School will not publicize fellowships that are awarded prior to matriculation and require a summer internship following the candidate’s first year. CMC policies apply to neither candidate nor company in cases of internships or other agreements resulting from prematriculation fellowships or other events.
Be aware that historically, students and companies have expressed concerns that early commitments do not allow full exploration of opportunities for both parties.
Applications from matriculated students for fellowships that include a summer internship may be solicited after Monday, September 21, 2015. Associated interviews and offers for jobs coupled with these fellowships must adhere to CMC interview and offer policies. Those job offers must be held open in their entirety until at least Friday, February 19, 2016.
Pre-interview Dinners and Sell Days
Pre-interview events the night before interviews are generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made for companies outside the New York metropolitan area. Please consult Mary Kagan, associate director of recruiting events, or your firm’s account manager about your company’s circumstances.
Sell events should never conflict with academic commitments and are therefore best held on Fridays or Saturdays. Additionally, firms may not invite students to sell events or other postinterview events until offers have been extended.