Employment Offer Guidelines

We are pleased that many companies are interested in hiring our students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  As a member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), we adhere to their professional recruiting principles and believe that it is in the best interests of students and employers if students are given a reasonable amount of time to consider alternative offers before making important career decisions. 

While NACE does not address specific timeframes, Career Services is aware that employer hiring patterns have shifted more competitively within recent years in recruitment processes and work with shorter response windows for offers. Understanding this, we provide these fair guidelines to both students and employers.  

Offer Guidelines:

If returning students are offered full-time positions or second internships (with the same company) after summer internships, students will have until October 31st to accept/decline offers. This allows students time to participate in fall on-campus recruiting if they so choose.

If students are offered full-time positions during the fall or spring semester, students will have at least 3 weeks from the receipt of the written offer to accept/decline offers.

If students are offered internship positions during the fall or spring semester, students will have at least 3 weeks from the receipt of the written offer to accept/decline offers.

We discourage employers from using practices that would improperly induce early acceptances any time of the year. Specifically, we expect that any employer that makes use of UMass Career Services will abide by these offer guidelines. 

Updated, October 2016