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Internship Recruiting Calendar and Policies

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Job Descriptions

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 and be as detailed as possible regarding the position's function, requirements, location, and work authorization to ensure that you receive the most prepared candidates. Companies can sometimes be disappointed in application numbers if job descriptions are uploaded late or are ambiguous.

Application Due Dates

For all positions for which companies will recruit on campus, applications must be solicited through COIN. 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. (eastern time, unless otherwise specified) one week before the invitation-list due date.

For internship positions, the earliest application due date is November 27, 2012. For internship interviews occurring January 14 - 18, 2013, application due dates will be determined by the Career Management Center.

Interview Guidelines

  • First round interviews for internship positions:
    • Begin on Monday, January 14, 2013 and continue through April 30, 2013.
    • The first two days are reserved for on-campus first-round interviews with firms in the banking industry.
    • No interviews may take place before January 14, 2013.
  • Off-campus first round interviews may be scheduled:
    • All Fridays, beginning on January 18, 2013.
    • Tuesday, January 22, 2013 for all industries.
    • Recruiters must advise the Career Management Center of plans to hold off-campus first round interviews so that interview days are not overbooked.
  • Second-round interviews for internship positions may begin on Thursday, January 17, 2013 and continue daily. Students must be offered at least one alternative day for second round interviews. Students may not be invited to or be asked to commit to second-round interviews before first-round interviews are complete.
  • Students may not miss academic commitments in order to interview.
  • Companies choosing to interview students on Fridays evenings or Saturdays must be prepared to accommodate students who request an alternative date for religious reasons.
  • Exceptions may be made for international offices; however the academic calendar will influence the School's decision. If candidates are required to travel to other cities to interview, your policy on travel reimbursement should be clearly outlined in advance.

Interview Blackout Periods

During the following periods, firms should not offer interview schedules; however, individual students may be interviewed if arrangements do not conflict with personal academic schedules:

  • March 12 - 24, 2013 (midterm exams and spring break)
  • May 6 - 17, 2013 (last day of classes and final exam period)


  • Offers may be extended after 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 18, 2013. Firms may not invite students to sell days or other post-interview events until after offers are extended.
  • Offers must remain open until February 22, 2013, or for a minimum of two weeks from receipt of a written offer, whichever is later.
  • Fellowships or scholarships that include the offer of a summer internship should be left open until February 22, 2013.
  • 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 the school's recruiting policy and will be handled accordingly. Sanctions against firms in violation of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any organization considering rescinding an offer 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.

Pre-interview Dinners and Sell Days

Pre-interview dinners are generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made for companies outside the tri-state area. Please consult Natalie Rios or your account manager about your company's circumstances.

Sell Days should never conflict with academic commitments and are therefore best held on Fridays or Saturdays. Additionally, firms may not invite students to sell days or other post interview events until after offers are extended.

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