On-Campus Recruiting

Northeastern’s on-campus recruiting options provide ideal ways to build and maintain your brand on our campus.

COVID-19 STATUS: At this time, Northeastern is not holding on-campus events. We do offer several virtual event options that employers can utilize to continue recruitment and branding efforts. Please review the information below for more details on recruitment opportunities.

Full-Time and Internship Recruiting and Hiring
Northeastern University’s Employer Engagement and Career Design staff are here to assist you in engaging with students, expanding your talent pipeline, and identifying candidates to meet your hiring needs. Over 50% of our graduating students receive full-time job offers from their co-op employers, but many companies recruit and hire graduating students directly into a full-time role, post-graduation. The hiring process occurs year-round, but primarily during the fall and spring semesters.

Employers, your feedback is very important to us. Please consider taking a few minutes to let us know why you choose to recruit at Northeastern! 

Recruiting Survey

Full-time career opportunities/internships On-Campus Interviewing

Interview space

On-Campus Interview (OCI) space is available on the 2nd floor of Stearns Center (GPS address: 420 Huntington Ave, Boston MA, or Building #37 on our campus map) weekdays from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Recruiting space is unavailable on holidays, or during the reading period and final exams (academic calendar). Employers may arrive by 8:30 am to prepare for their day.

On-Campus Interview Process


OCI Management


Employer Managed
Interview room reservationsEmployer requests reservation via NUworks on the On-Campus Interview request form for Stearns Center space; confirmed by staff
Job postingOnce registered and approved, employer posts job on NUworks; the employer may choose when to post job
Job application deadlineThe employer chooses their application deadline date
Application delivery methodEmployer inputs choice for applications delivery via NUworks either: as received (recommended) or at OCI deadline
Preselects & notification to candidatesThe employer uses their own method to notify candidates and manage their own interview schedule.
Interview scheduleEmployer sets own schedule and manages any changes


Prior to and day of OCIEmployer brings own schedule and resume copies; gives a copy to NU staff

Both OCI options require employers to register on NUworks. Once approved as a NUworks employer, employers can complete the On-Campus Interview request form found on the NUworks dashboard. When completing the form, please:

  • Choose either Fully Managed or Employer Managed
  • Input a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for OCI dates
  • Input preferred time (Morning, Afternoon, or Full Day)
  • Input Job ID number for the OCI position

Once an On-Campus Interview form is approved by EE staff, an automatic email will be sent to the employer with detailed information on the OCI.

Your open positions (when they are linked to the OCI) will be promoted to the Northeastern student population, and candidates will apply via NUworks.

Applications will be delivered via NUworks based on your choice – either as they are received (the recommended method) or in a bundle at the end of the application deadline day.

Posting a Job or Internship

Fully Managed and Employer Managed OCI schedules require that jobs be posted in NUworks. When posting your positions on NUworks, remember to:

  • Input which Colleges you are recruiting from, the period of employment as Post-Graduate, and student level as undergraduates, and/or masters, and/or doctoral
  • Input that you wish to set up an on-campus interview and input the campus interview date as the same as the OCI
  • Input Application Delivery method as via NUworks and select delivery method email and/or Accumulate Online
  • Note in the job description if you are open to hiring students under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please note this is not the same as sponsoring a student. With OPT/CPT, there is no burden on the employer.

How Do I Recruit On Campus

To participate or learn more about recruiting and other engagement options, contact Employer Engagement at  617-373-3404. 


Dear Employer Partner,

Northeastern University is proud to present the virtual career fair series for fall 2020. These boutique career fairs will allow you to connect with nearly 40,000 Northeastern learners (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) from all majors and degree programs across the University’s global campuses

  • All fairs have been coordinated to focus on all full-time, co-op, and internship hiring opportunities.
  • All students may participate in any fair based on their interests and experiences in the opportunities available.
  • YOU are invited to participate in as many fairs as best align with your recruiting needs.
  • A recording of Symplicity’s training for employers can be found here
  •  Take a look at Symplicity’s Employers Guide to Career Fairs here
  • Click here for Online FAQs and 24/7 access for technical assistance
  • A step by step set of how to FAQs can be found here

Business and Consulting Fair/October 14, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee: $275

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on opportunities in accounting, consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, fin-tech, human resources, and other essential positions key to business operational success.


Public Sector, Not for Profit and Law Fair/October 15, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee: $175

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on roles in areas such as change-agency, public service, and social justice causes and missions in the public sector and not-for-profit organizations, including social services, law, impact, and change organizations and government entities at all levels.


Engineering and Technology Fair/October 21, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee: $275

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on roles in engineering and related technology roles in research, manufacturing, robotics, energy, medical devices, environmental, electronics, transportation, engineering consulting and design, construction, and advanced technology.


Media, Marketing & Creative Fair/ October 22, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee: $275

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on roles in the media and creative fields, including the arts, advertising, marketing, public relations, brand management, retail, fashion, social media/digital strategy, publishing, writing, journalism, media, entertainment, and design.


Computing Fair/October 28, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee:  $275

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on roles in computing, including computer science, cybersecurity, gaming, software engineering, artificial intelligence, data analytics, UX/UI design, and other high technology computing fields.


Science, Healthcare, and Research Fair/October 29, 11 am-4 pm

Registration Fee: $275

To register, please click here


Event Description:

The focus for this event will be on roles in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, life, and environmental sciences, the hard sciences, and other laboratory or research-focused roles.



To learn more about the academic preparation of the students who will be attending the fairs, you may wish to learn more about the University’s nine colleges:

College of Social Sciences & Humanities

College of Engineering

College of Arts, Media, & Design

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

College of Science

Bouvé College of Health Sciences

College of Professional Studies

School of Law

Please note that we are committed to engaging in the ongoing education of ourselves and others, disrupting biases and inequitable systems, and amplifying impact through our partnerships with students, alumni, employers in hiring, programming, and services. It is our goal to continue expanding our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work to support all our constituents in achieving their goals and a more just society. This is our call to action, and we ask you to join us.


Northeastern University Frequently Asked Questions for Employers NUworks Virtual Career Fairs (Powered by Symplicity)

What do I need to do before the virtual career fair?

Establish a NUworks account if you have not done this already. You will need a link to whichever video platform you use – a video chat link can be added to the instruction field for each representative meeting with students during the fair.

What do I need to do on the day of the virtual career fair?

Employers can log in one hour before a fair starts to get set up and be ready to start chatting when the fair opens. We highly recommend that you have both the NUworks Virtual Career Fair platform and your video platform open at the same time to go back and forth quickly during the fair.

When will recruiters get access to NUworks?

Employers will have access to the fair one hour before it begins. Students will not be able to start the chat process until the start time of the fair.

Why should I look at my NUworks account before a virtual career fair?

Employers can access an electronic Resume Book and view resumes/batch email students 5 weeks before the fair date. Employers will also be able to see the students who have RSVP’d for the event and which students expressed an interest in their company, along with their resumes/account information.

If I do not currently have a NUworks account as a representative attending a virtual fair, how do I get access to the fair on the event’s day?

If your company has a confirmed registration to a virtual fair and you have been named a representative, you will need to log into NUworks and use your email for your USERNAME and select Forgot Password. This will trigger a temporary password sent to you so you can log in. Representatives will need to do this before they can see the

career fair and chat with students.

How many representatives can we have at a virtual career fair?

Your company can bring unlimited representatives to a company. Each representative will need an account on NUworks. When registration is approved, it will automatically establish approved accounts for any named representative that needs one. Each representative should have their own individual link to a video chat (Teams, Zoom, WebEx) to connect with students during the career fair.

How many representatives would you recommend for each virtual career fair?

If a company wants to take advantage of the 1:1 chats and the group chats, they will need at least two representatives.

How do I add the representatives who are going to join me for a virtual career fair?

The person who registered for the virtual career fair will need to go into their NUworks account, go to EVENTS>Career Fairs and open the Edit/Review button to modify their registration and add any representative information resubmit. (Please note, this will bring your registration back to pending status, so the fair organizer will know a change has been made; we approve these regularly.)

What do I do if I have questions on the day of the career fair?

Employer Engagement and Career Design – careers@northeastern.edu, 617-373-2430 will be available for support and questions throughout each fair.

Are there audio alerts for employers?

Yes – The employer will hear an audio alert and see a pop-up alert when 1 minute is remaining in the chat conversation.

During the virtual fair, can multiple representatives be online at the same time?

If each of your organization’s representatives has added a unique (Teams, Zoom, or WebEx) URL in the instruction field to chat with students, there can be multiple representatives online. (Every Rep must have a unique URL.)

How many queues can a student be in at one time?


How is the time of each chat tracked?

NUworks helps to manage your queue and keep track of your chat time. You will have the option to set your chat duration from 5 to 15 min per participant. If you choose a 5- minute chat time, there will be a 5:00 minute clock located in the screen’s upper right- hand corner. When the student accepts your invitation to chat with the representative, the clock will start the countdown.

How long does a representative have to chat with each student?

You will have the option to set your chat duration from 5 to 15 min per participant.

Can a representative extend the chat time?

When the clock reaches 1-minute remaining, the representative will get an audio alert and a pop-up alert asking if they want to extend the time. Time can be extended for 2 additional minutes. Representatives can continue to extend the time in 2-minute increments for an unlimited amount of times.

NUworks does not control your video platform. You should still dismiss or have the student leave your virtual meeting. The clock simply serves as a reminder.

When would my employer status show “busy”?

If you want to take a break, you can set your status to “busy,” When you are chatting with a student, your status will show “busy.”

Can an employer do both the one on one chat and the group chat?

If there is only one rep, then you cannot do both. The best scenario for one representative is to select the one on1 chat option, and if you have another representative, they can host a group chat.

Where is the view chat button for employers?

The View Chat button only is visible up one hour before each fair starts.

Can employers communicate with students before the career fair?

You can log in to your NUworks employer account, go to Events>Career Fairs>Edit/Review Registration>RSVP’d Students tab can batch email the RSVP’d students, filter and communicate with them in advance, and even schedule specific students to chat with them at the fair.

Should each representative have their own video link?

YES. Each representative will need their own URL (Teams, Zoom, WebEx).

Does the employer have to choose between conducting 1:1 chats or group chats?

If you have at least two representatives, you can do individual one-on-one chats and group chats. In the group chat, you can answer general questions. One on one chats allows for direct conversation and specific discussions.

Can two recruiters split the time of one during the fair? For example, if we have two representatives and split the fair time, each is online for a set time?

You can divide your time and team as you wish. Each representative will need to have a unique video chat URL in the information section for students. We recommend providing the students with these specific links for each representative.

Can a representative take a coffee break?

The right sidebar of the chat queue shows your Chat Settings. Each representative can take a break by simply selecting “Offline,” then select “Online” when you are ready to chat again.

Will any video platform work for video chatting during the virtual career fair? Yes. Employers can use whatever platform they prefer. Some companies may have a specific vendor they are required to use. Make sure to put the URL link in the instructions field for students to click on. You can create a hyperlink when you are inserting the link; this works best and saves time.

Is there a place for employers to take notes or comments?

Employers have the option to make notes after each 1:1 chat and select if they are “Interested” or “Not Interested” in each candidate. At the end of the day, this information can be downloaded and saved.

Can students see the employer’s notes?


If an employer has more than one room (with a different rep in each room), do they have to have an individual link, or can they all use the same link and take people in as they line up?

Each representative will need to have their own unique video platform interview URL

Suppose a company has one rep who ONLY wants to see people with a particular background or who would be interested in this specific division of the business. Is there a way for students to be directed to that specific representative?

The employer can have several representatives (each having their own unique URL to connect with students); however, each representative receives whomever the next student in the queue (line). Employers can search the students who have RSVPd by variable criteria and reach out directly to those students who meet the requirements of the position(s) they are recruiting for.

Do students have to sign-up/reserve spots to talk with recruiters?

Students select a company and get in the queue to speak with employers.

The schedule for one on one chats is a “first come, first serve” process.

Students cannot set a specific appointment time. Students get in the queue for a company to chat, and it is a “first come, first serve” process.

Can we create schedules for 1:1 and group sessions during the fair, or will students pop into our booth to chat with our representatives?

The 1:1 chats are not scheduled. Students get in the queue, much like a line at the career fair.

How do I get access to student resumes?

Each representative will have access to the electronic Resume Books located in their NUworks account. There is also a list of students who have RSVPs to the event that can be found after you have logged into your NUworks account. (Use the Edit/Review Registration button to access the RSVP’d list and email students.

What does an employer do if we have a last-minute change in representatives attending?

You can add representatives in by logging into your employer account and editing your fair registrations. Please keep in mind; we require all accounts in NUworks to be approved. This means if you are a new representative in NUworks, your account will need to be approved before you are able to go online.

Need Help?

Please contact us at careers@northeastern.edu or call 617-373-2430

Download a pdf of the FAQs

Northeastern’s Office of Employer Engagement and Career Design provides employers with many opportunities to get in front of students to educate them about your organization, academic programs, industry trends, employment opportunities, and hiring practices. Participation in our employer programs (Connection Sessions, Coffee Chats, On-Campus Interviews, and Employer in Residence), aside from our career fairs are free and can be scheduled through NUworks anytime during the year.

Not sure of which event will yield the best results?  Call 617-373-3404 or send an email to Sumana Northover on the Employer Engagement and Career Design team to discuss. Sumana will help you create your custom on-campus recruiting strategy. We welcome you to share your ideas and feedback with us too!

Employer Coffee Chat

If this is your first time on campus, we recommend you consider a coffee chat. This informal drop-in style type of event is popular with our students. We typically arrange a high traffic area, typically in our student center. You are provided with a 6ft table for setup, and we will bring a kiosk for checking students in. In terms of your table/area, we encourage you to bring your organizational brand in order to fill the space. Some recommendations include swag for giveaways, branded linen, marketing collateral, product displays, and/or treats.  Post-event, we will email your representative(s) an attendance list, complete with resumes if desired. Coffee chats can be scheduled at any time throughout the day. We recommend a 2-3 hour time slot. There is no fee for a coffee chat.

Employer Connection Session

As a hybrid networking/recruiting event, these more formal TED-style talks or small group discussions are popular with our students as it is a way to engage with employers as fellow educators. Employers who have established a brand on our campus benefit from hosting a connection session as students are already familiar with their organization and maybe curious about industry trends/professional development or are interested in listening to top-level executives from the company speak. Topics that students are unable to look up online with relation to the organization are always recommended, as this may promote increased attendance. Session times are scheduled after classes at 6:00 pm, although some afternoon times are also available as well as full-day sessions. Post-event, we will email your representative(s) an attendance list, complete with resumes if desired. There is no fee for a connection session.

Employer In Residence

These types of events are great for 1:1 student consultations or small group (3 students) sessions. You are not required to be actively recruiting for a specific position that has been posted on NUcareers to schedule an EIR. We will provide you with an interview suite here in the Stearns Center for a pre-scheduled time between 8:30 am-5 pm. In the past, employers have had success using this time to help students prepare competitive application materials, conduct informational interviews, or mentor students on career pathways and industry trends. Time commitments can be tailored to maximize the benefits to students and employers. Your involvement can be anywhere between 2 hours on 1 day or for 3 consecutive months to a full day every week of the school year. There is no fee for an EIR.

Virtual Events

Unable to come to campus but still want to build your brand and engage our students? Consider one of our virtual options!

Virtual Coffee Chats, Connection Sessions, and Employer in Residence

Our primary campus events can all be recreated virtually. We provide a unique Microsoft Teams link for your event and promote it directly to students. Give a presentation, answer questions, and connect face-to-face with students from anywhere. We’ll provide a list of attendees after each event.

Employer Social Media Takeover @CareerCoachNU 

If you are coming to campus to participate in a recruiting event, hosting your own event, or just want to get the word out on campus about your company, culture, and available opportunities, this is a great virtual solution. Through an SM takeover of our Northeastern Twitter account, companies are able to create a buzz about an upcoming visit along with giving students an inside look within their organizations by posting alum/employee stories, live content videos and pics, share blog posts and promote jobs. At the end of the takeover, we can provide you with stats on student and alum engagement with your campaign to help you measure its success. For more information on a Twitter Takeover @ Northeastern, click here.

Requesting OCI, Connection Session, Coffee Chat or EIR Instructions

Northeastern University has developed the following guidelines to promote an equitable and fair recruiting experience on behalf of our employers as well as our students. It is our expectation that employers who participate in on-campus recruiting become familiar with the following policies as well as reference these policies throughout the year. If any of the following expectations conflict with the internal Company hiring procedures, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 617-373-3404.  

  1. Adherence to National and State Guidelines

Participating companies are expected to read and adhere to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice, the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Recruitment and Employment Guidelines, and the laws established by the federal government and the state of Massachusetts. These guidelines are a reflection of these national standards.

  1. Confidentiality

Participating companies are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all student and alumni information. Sharing information about a candidate with another organization is not acceptable unless the Company receives prior written consent from the candidate.

  1. Testing and Assessment

All tests and/or assessments used as part of the hiring process must be a valid measure of employability and must be compliant with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) standards, and testing procedures must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Companies should provide testing information to students at least two full business days in advance.  The information should include but is not limited to

  • The type of test.
  • The purpose of the test.
  • To whom the test results will be disclosed.

Information on testing practices should be shared with our office. We encourage all testing information to be added to the job descriptions as early as possible.

  1. Scheduling of Tests, Interviews, and Events

We expect every employer to take into consideration a student’s class schedule. Students should not be expected to miss classes for tests, interviews, or employer-sponsored recruiting events. Please note that we require 72 hours notice to cancel a previously scheduled interview or an on-campus event. If, for some reason, an employer is unable to attend a scheduled on-campus interview session, we expect that they will contact students directly to reschedule, as well as letting our office know of the cancellation.

  1. Reporting New Hire Data

When requested by Employer Engagement and Career Design staff, participating companies will supply information regarding students who have been hired to fill full-time, internship, or other related positions. The requested information may include but is not limited to the student’s name, her title and division or unit within the organization, the geographic location of the position, the employment start date, and the compensation.

  1. Discrimination

Employer Engagement and Career Design will not tolerate illegal discrimination in any form. Any acts of such discrimination by representatives will be reported to the hiring company or organization.

  1. Job and Internship Offers

Reasonable efforts should be made on the part of employers to allow students adequate time for evaluating internship and full-time job opportunities. Likewise, students are also coached by Employer Engagement and Career Design on the importance of evaluating their offers carefully and promptly, and declining additional recruiting opportunities in the form of interviews, applications, and offers once they have accepted an initial offer.

  1. Exploding Offers

Participating companies should not pressure students into accepting so-called exploding offers. Employer Engagement and Career Design defines exploding offers as those that require a student to reply within an unusually short period of time (example: one day), has a special incentive for early acceptance, or any practices that improperly influences and affects job offer acceptances. We encourage all employers to present students with a reasonable amount of time in which they are able to assess and accept offers. We also recommend that employers consider extending offer timelines when necessary as well as keep an open line of communication with students throughout the entire offer/acceptance process.

  1. Special Guidelines For Third-Party Recruiters

Employment agencies and search firms may list openings on NUworks as long as they clearly identify themselves as third-party recruiters in their employer profile, as well as in their job descriptions. It must also be made clear that the organization does not charge students fees of any kind for utilizing their service. Please note, although third-party recruiters and search agencies/firms may post employment opportunities, they may not recruit on campus. When conducting on-campus interviews, only direct representatives or recruiters of an employer may interview Northeastern students.

All third-party employment agencies and search firms must:

  • Provide information on the identity of the employer being represented and the nature of the relationship between the agency and the employer. The agency must permit Employer Engagement and Career Design to verify this information by contacting the Company being represented. If Employer Engagement and Career Design have an existing relationship with the client, we will inform the third-party agency and decline to post the position.
  • Provide position descriptions for valid openings.
  • Agree to release candidate information only with the written permission of the employment candidate, and only to the identified employer.
  • Represent and follow all federal and state employment laws.

Please note that Employer Engagement and Career Design reserves the right to evaluate exceptions to this policy based on industry-specific trends, research, and expert consultation. Contact our office if you have questions about this policy.

  1. Consequences for Recruiting Policy Violations

Employer Engagement and Career Design will evaluate recruiting policy violations by employers on a case by case basis. Consequences of a violation may include:

  • Loss of access to Northeastern’s career management platform, NUworks.
  • Loss of on-campus recruitment privileges, such as hosting events and conducting interviews
  • Flagging and communication of severe violations on NUworks. This flag may impact the Company’s ability to recruit career development as well as for co-op opportunities.

Employer Engagement and Career Design reserves the right to refuse service to participating companies for violations of these policies, as well as reasons including but not limited to:

  • Failure to comply with the national and state guidelines listed above.
  • Misrepresentation of employer information.
  • Complaints by students and alumni.
  • Harassment of Northeastern students, alumni, staff, or faculty.

Thank you for your interest in visiting us! We would love to sit down with you and discuss ways in which we can help with your training and development, corporate education, or talent acquisition goals. For that reason, appointments are always preferred for employer visits, so that your meeting time on campus with us is as productive as possible. That said, if you are dropping off company marketing collateral or looking for more information on who best to speak to, please feel free to come to the 2nd floor of the Stearns Co-op Center, and we’d be happy to help.

The Office of Employer Engagement and Career Design adheres to the University’s policy for closing due to Winter Storms. In the case of inclement weather, if the University decides to close, our office will also close, and any recruiting events/activities scheduled for that day will be either canceled or postponed to a later date. We will notify all participating students accordingly.

For larger scale signature events, we will communicate alternate dates (rain/snow dates) prior to scheduling. However, for unexpected University closings that are decided the day prior or the day of, we will reach out to your organization as soon as we receive a notification to let you know that the campus is closed. In these instances, please do not attempt to come to campus.

To proactively check for closings and delays at Northeastern University use the following methods:

  • Emergency/Weather closing at (617) 373-2000
  • University Website