On-Campus Recruiting

We hold many interviews in our E17 office through our On-Campus Recruiting program (OCR). We have changing rooms and lockers to secure your belongings, and an interview space that you can reserve for phone or video-streaming interviews.

OCR primarily takes place between September and April, with some specific recruiting dates listed on our Recruiting Calendar for Employers. Companies post jobs and internships in Handshake, where you can apply for them and set up interview times.

It's important to know what's expected of you and how we can help you through the interview process. Review the Recruiting Rights and Responsibilities for Students.

About On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)

Handshake

Handshake is MIT's online career management system for students, recent alumni, and postdocs. You can share your resume with employers conducting searches in the system, apply for internships and jobs, scheduling interviews with employers (on or off campus), and turn on alerts to have opportunities emailed directly to you. 

Deadlines to apply to jobs vary, and can be as much as three weeks in advance of an interview date. All submissions must be made via Handshake unless instructed otherwise in the job posting.

Handshake job-listing information can only be posted by the company. We make every attempt to remind companies to add their information into the Handshake system promptly. Feel free to contact us with concerns.

Application Materials

All employers will require a resume. Some will also request an unofficial transcript or cover letter. Each employer will specify the required materials in the job listing.

Interviews

Interviews are generally conducted in the Career Advising & Professional Development recruiting area located on the second floor of E17. Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and 6A interviews are held in separate locations. Always check the location box on the job posting. If you are still unsure, contact us or your department.

If you need to cancel an interview, refer to the Interview Cancellation and No Show policy section of the Recruiting Rights and Responsibilities for Students.

After Accepting an Internship or Job Offer

Once you’ve accepted an offer for an internship or job, you should terminate all other job search activity. Notify any other potential employers which you are interviewing with that you are no longer a candidate for a position. Let them know that you’ve accepted an offer and you’re no longer available for consideration. Cancel all pending interviews and do not apply to additional opportunities on Handshake or elsewhere. It is also recommended you change your Handshake profile status to show that you are no longer in job search mode.

Remember that an accepted offer should be honored, so don’t take an offer just because it’s your first. Weigh your options carefully before accepting, and once you do, update the employers you have been engaging with and cease recruiting activities. Failure to do so could deprive another student of those opportunities. If a student is found to be interviewing through CAPD on-campus recruiting when they have already accepted a position, employers with whom they are interviewing will be notified and the student's Handshake account will be inactivated.

Phone/Video Interview Room*

If you are a student in need of space for a phone or video interview, we have a room available! Our interview space is private, has a digital phone, and is available Mon-Fri from 9:30am-4:30pm except on holidays and school closings.

To reserve, please fill out our CAPD Room Request Form (MIT students only).

*Employers looking to reserve interview rooms please see information here: https://capd.mit.edu/employers/recruiting-policies-and-resources/recruiting-calendar