The Career Center ask that employers abide by the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Posting a Job or Internship

The Career Center utilizes CAREERlink, a Web-based recruiting platform, to post and manage job, internship and co-op listings. WashU Undergraduates, Graduates, PhDs, Postdocs and alumni all have access to CareerLink.

Opportunities posted in CAREERlink must meet the following requirements:

Undergraduate Students

  • Degree in progress or require a college degree
  • No or limited experience
  • Full-time research, fellowships or post-graduate internships that start after graduation in May, August, or December
  • Internships for summer or academic year

Graduate/PhD/Postdoctoral Student

  • Advanced degree require
  • Experience as appropriate
  • Full-time to start
  • Internships for summer or academic year


  • College degree required
  • < 0-3 years’ experience
  • Full-time to start

Posting an Engineering Co-op Position

  • The Engineering Co-op Program is offered to students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Co-op students work full-time for a minimum of one semester and one summer, although many work the semester/summer combination. We encourage you to post co-op positions with the Career Center early in the semester proceeding the co-op term.
    • For the summer/fall co-op term, please contact the Career Center by January
    • For the spring/summer co-op term, please contact the Career Center by September
  • To post a co-op, please contact Sue Kruessel at 314-935-4354 or email

Opportunities Ineligible for CAREERlink

  • We do not post medical positions such as MD, OT, PT and RN. Please contact the medical school directly for these needs.
  • Part-time jobs that do not require college education are posted in a separate database. Please post at
  • Third party staffing or contingency recruiter must disclose their client to us for positions to be posted.
  • We do not post fee based internship or post grad programs.

Offer Policies

Fall Recruiting Full-Time or Internship Offers: It is common for students to receive a full-time offer at the end of the internship or in early September. For all full-time offers or internship offers made in the summer or the Fall, we strongly encourage giving the student a minimum of three weeks after the offer is made or until December 1, whichever is later. The intent is to allow students to participate in the majority of fall recruiting.

For students receiving a full-time offer in December, January or February: We recommend giving the student until March 1 or a minimum of three weeks after the offer is made (whichever is later).

Exploding offers are prohibited: Such offers put enormous pressure on our students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process. (e.g., any offer that does not afford a candidate the appropriate time to either accept or decline and/or has special incentives attached for the purposes of inducing early acceptances).

Additional Offer Policies: Students are urged to immediately release offers they do not plan to accept.

Reneging on offers is considered a breach of both our recruiting policies and the honor code, and such action receives immediate attention with the student.

Academic Credit for Unpaid Internships

According to the Washington University Internship Policy, students may receive up to three units of academic credit for an unpaid internship. The student will work with a faculty sponsor and internship site supervisor to complete a Learning Agreement, outlining the student’s internship responsibilities, learning objectives, and evaluation requirements. Students must complete the Learning Agreement prior to beginning their internship; credit cannot be awarded retroactively.

Internships completed for credit, students are covered under Washington University’s General Liability Policy if the internship is completed for credit. Credit must be arranged prior to starting the internship.

My organization has interns each semester. Do I need to submit a new posting each time?

When you submit your position posting, include what semester the internship is offered (fall, spring, and/or summer) and what the deadlines are for each semester. 

How are students compensated for internships?

At Washington University, students may intern for pay, academic credit, or experience. A student may not receive both pay and credit for an internship.

What should I pay my intern?

What are the benefits of paying an intern?

Financial need prevents some highly qualified students from pursuing unpaid opportunities. We encourage you to offer compensation for internships, in the form of either an hourly wage or a stipend. When you are expecting a student to bring in specific skills and make specific contributions to your organization, payment is very appropriate. Paid internships help to attract the most highly qualified students, as well as solidify time commitments from interns. Being paid will further enhance the intern’s feeling of being an employee and acting like one. By compensating interns, organizations also avoid any potential questions regarding Wage and Hour Law issues.

If you are unable to pay, you may consider offering some other form of payment (reimbursement for transportation, parking, meals, free training/workshops, etc.).

If I hire an unpaid intern, what is my organization’s liability?

Students are covered under Washington University’s General Liability Policy if the internship is done for credit. Credit must be arranged prior to starting the internship.

Please read this important information from the US Department of Labor on paid vs. unpaid internships: US Department of Labor Information on Paid vs Unpaid Internships