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All members of organizations hosting multiple events through the CMC or through student clubs are asked to clearly convey to students that they are not asked or expected to attend all events to be considered for employment.

Second-Year Event Guidelines

Recruiting activities exclusively for second-year students can begin on September 10, 2012.

  • On-campus corporate presentations events exclusively for second-year students may take place on specific dates from September 10 to October 12, 2012, and again from October 23 to December 7, 2012.
  • Off-campus presentations and events may be held on Thursday evenings after 7:30 p.m. or anytime on Fridays, beginning September 14, 2012.
  • See below black out periods.

Joint-Year or First-Year Event Guidelines

  • Corporate Presentations targeting both class years or just first-year students may be scheduled on specific dates from September 24 to October 12, 2012, and again from October 23 to December 7, 2012. Event blackout periods apply.
  • No recruiting events involving first-year students may take place before September 24, 2012.
  • Off-campus presentations and events including first-year students may be held on Thursday evenings after 7:30 p.m., beginning October 11, 2012, or anytime on Fridays, beginning October 12, 2012.
  • Off-campus events may take place any evening after 6:30 p.m. between November 12 and December 7, 2012 (except during blackout periods). These events should be coordinated through Natalie Rios, manager of recruiting events, and the appropriate student clubs.

Event Blackout Periods

Recruiting events of any size planned through the CMC or with student clubs may not be held during exams. Events involving eight or more students held on campus or off campus, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, informational interviews, case competitions, case preparation sessions, office hours, coffee chats, and corporate presentations, may not be offered during vacation periods. Events planned or approved by the School, such as study tours, may be held in exception to this rule.

  • June 26- July 4, 2012 (summer midterm exams and Independence Day)
  • August 8-14, 2012 (summer final exams)
  • August 15-September 7, 2012 (summer break and start of fall term)
  • October 16-22, 2012 (midterm exams)
  • November 5 - 6, 2012 (Election Day holiday)
  • November 21 - 25, 2012 (Thanksgiving holiday)
  • December 11 - 21, 2012 (last day of classes and final exam period)
  • December 22, 2012 - January 29, 2013 (winter break for second-year students and study tours)
  • March 12 - 24, 2013 (midterm exams and spring break)
  • May 6 - 17, 2013 (last day of classes and final exam period)

Informational Interviews

  • Feedback from corporate representatives, students, and faculty members indicates that student visits to corporate offices are best kept to a minimum. Since repeated student visits to firms are disruptive to both classes and the workplace, we encourage companies to streamline the informational-interview process and limit visits to each firm to one or two visits per student.
  • Please e-mail your company's informational-interview policy to Savannah Daily by August 15, so that the Career Management Center can advise students and help them manage their schedules.


Companies should request student RSVPs for lunch presentations and evening off-campus events. Companies may request RSVPs for evening on-campus presentations; however, for events planned by the CMC, RSVPs must come through COIN and may not be directed to the company For catering purposes, it is advisable to reduce RSVP numbers by 20 to 25 percent.

Please keep in mind that some venues might have capacity limits. By assisting companies with RSVPs, Columbia Business School and the Career Management Center take no responsibility for compliance with University, federal, state, or city laws including those involving venue capacity.

Pre-interview Dinners & 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.

Sheets

Students note that sign-in sheets at major events create delays in entering. Instead of sign-in sheets, we encourage your firm to provide students with a card to complete and drop off later during the event. This will speed students' entry to the event and still allow interested students to receive follow-up information from your firm. Student clubs may develop their own rules about sign-in sheets at events they plan.

Alcohol Policy

While Columbia Business School recommends alcohol-free events, the School allows beer and wine at events held on campus. Hard liquor is not allowed at events planned by the CMC or student clubs that take place on campus or in surrounding venues. For more information, please call Director of Employer Relations Bruce Lloyd at 212-854-8687.

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