Employer & Recruiter Information

Thank you for your interest in recruiting SUNY Oneonta students! We now use the Handshake platform to connect recruiters with our student body for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time employment. This ensures equitable access for all students while streamlining your staffing processes. To facilitate a beneficial partnership for all, we have created the guide below to assist in your recruitment efforts.

We strive for open access and connections between students and employers. However, we reserve the right to accept or deny any positions or recruiting organizations (employer) based upon internal criteria. Additionally, SUNY Oneonta may deny or remove access rights for organizations that do not meet the criteria listed below.

All internship/job opportunities are posted at the discretion of SUNY Career Development leadership. The following positions will not be posted:

  • Positions that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran status.
  • Positions that require any form of monetary commitment from students prior to employment.
  • Positions within the adult entertainment industry.
  • Positions within the cannabis industry.
  • Positions that do not comply with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) standards.
  • Postings that misrepresent a position through dishonesty or fraud or have received complaints from students.
  • Positions for multi-level marketing (MLM) companies
  • Unpaid internships that violate the Federal and State Department of Labor guidelines (Federal) (NYS For-Profit) (NYS Non-Profit)
  • Volunteer positions (Please contact the Center for Social Responsibility Director Linda Drake: Linda.Drake@oneonta.edu or (607) 436- 2633)


Q. I do not yet have a Handshake account. How do I get started?
A. Join Handshake and select SUNY Oneonta so you can recruit with us. It’s quick and easy! Sign up for your free account here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new

Q. How do I get started using Handshake?
A. Review Handshake’s employer guide here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/115011431228-Getting-Started-With-Handshake-Employers

Q. I already have a Handshake account. Now what?
A. Great! Log into your Handshake account and request to connect with SUNY Oneonta to get this ball rolling! Please review our guide to posting positions found below.

Q. I am recruiting on behalf of another organization. Will my positions be approved?
A. Please be sure to identify your organization as a staffing or recruiting firm and follow our job posting guidelines found below. We will deny any postings for which there is a fee or charge for applicants. Position titles along with a specific job description should be posted in Handshake along with all other required information. You may be contacted by a member of our team for additional information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently approving positions with employers located in private residences.

Q. How do I create a Handshake account?
A. Each on-campus department that intends to hire student employees will need its own specific employer account in Handshake. When setting up your department’s account, be sure to connect with SUNY Oneonta in the “Connect with Schools” step of the process. Instructions on how to do this can be found here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/219133047-How-do-I-create-a-user-account-and-join-an-existing-company-

Q. How should I name my department?
A. Use the following naming convention: SUNY Oneonta [your department here] / Example: SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center

Q. How do I create a job description that will be approved by the Career Development Center?
A. Review the guide pertaining to posting positions found below.


The SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center reviews and vets all employers and opportunities that may be viewed by our students. We reserve the right to reject any employer or opportunity that does not adhere to our guidelines.

To be considered for approval, all employers must enter the following when posting an opportunity in Handshake:

  • The legal name of the organization
  • The first and last name of the appropriate contact person and their job title
  • Organization email address (Handshake does not accept personal email addresses)
  • Full mailing address (not a PO Box or residential address)
  • Telephone number
  • Website address (not a Facebook or other social media web address)
  • Organization description
  • Job title and job description (Internships/paid positions only – no volunteer opportunities approved at this time)
  • Required skills, education, and experience
  • Salary or wages, if applicable
  • Expiration dates for positions should not exceed three months


Handshake has numerous avenues for connecting with candidates! We encourage you to take advantage of Handshake’s full suite of offerings to maximize your employer account and get those perfect applicants in the door faster! Below are some tips for implementing best practices.


The search for the best interns begins with engaging descriptions of the positions you are looking to fill. Click through to read Handshake’s four tips for writing inclusive internship job descriptions: https://learn.joinhandshake.com/employers/putting-interns-first-at-handshake-4-tips-for-writing-inclusive-internship-job-descriptions/


The time has never been better to connect with applicants via virtual recruiting events! Virtual events allow recruiters and applicants the ability to come together from the comfort of anywhere. It also allows us all to be a little greener. Review Handshake’s guide to planning and hosting a successful virtual event here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044814973

Virtual best practices can be viewed here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/360046500913-Virtual-Meeting-Best-Practices-Resources-for-Employers-


*NOTE: Premium features are for premium Handshake accounts only.

Our world is fast-paced, and we all know time is of the essence when attracting the attention of job seekers. Read up on Handshake’s four tips for employing messaging best practices to ensure your communication plan is efficient and effective: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/360024369273-Messaging-Best-Practices-

Have additional questions? Contact us at: career@oneonta.edu

The goal of the Federal Work Study Program is to provide eligible students with an opportunity to work, learn new skills and earn wages during the school year to assist with educational costs. Federal Work Study provides the opportunity to experience the world of work while attending college. From the employer perspective, the FWS program eliminates the cost of wages for your department; however, the cost to the employer is time, training, and providing a fulfilling experience to each student participating in the program.

Please reach out to Brittany Beach in Human Resources to learn more about participating in the program: Brittany.Beach@oneonta.edu

Important message as of September 2020: We are presently operating in a virtual environment. We are taking requests for virtual recruiting opportunities only at this time. We will provide updated information regarding on campus recruiting opportunities and protocols later in the fall.

For more information regarding virtual recruiting, please email career@oneonta.edu and indicate which type of experience you wish to recruit students (i.e.: part-time, full-time, internships, or graduate school).

We welcome you to host a virtual event with us through Handshake. If you would like support planning a virtual event, launching it in Handshake, and marketing it to our students, please contact career@oneonta.edu.


Career Development Center
Experiential Learning Center, Suite 128
Hunt Student Union 
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 436-2534

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

The CDC provides services to SUNY Oneonta students who are currently taking classes and alumni who have completed a degree.

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