Employer Engagement

Colby students are one of a kind. They are curious about the world, diverse, innovative and analytical. We invite your organization to recruit at Colby and discover what makes Colby students so unique.

To ensure that all parties (students, recruiting organizations) have the best possible experience, we have established policies and procedures concerning interviews (on campus and off), offers of employment, and other aspects of the hiring process.

With our combined strengths, the employer engagement team can help you promote your company and the positions for which you are recruiting with the students you most want to attract in order to maximize the return on your recruiting investment at Colby.

Experienced and Accomplished

On-Campus recruiting

Fall 2017: 9/11/17 through 11/17/17
Spring 2018: 2/7/18 through 4/6/18
Internships: Jan Plan: 1/8/18-2/1/18

Recruiting resources

Post an internship or job

Handshake is our on-campus recruiting platform that allows you to manage your recruiting activities. It provides employers with easy ways to post internships, jobs, and events.

Schedule a recruitment visit

Are you interested in recruiting on Colby’s campus? See below for examples of the many oppportunities available and contact Assistant Director for Employer Engagement Liz Lerret ’11 to make your visit happen.

Post a Micro-Internship

Using Micro-Internships, community members can provide opportunities for Colby students to work on short-term, professional assignments.

Get started with Handshake

Handshake is fast becoming the recruiting platform of choice for employers and top universities and colleges alike, for good reason:

  • One-stop shopping. It’s easy to post internships, jobs, and events to multiple schools at a time.
  • Direct communication. Employers can find and communicate with individual students whose profiles fit their needs.
  • Spotify-style opportunity discovery. Handshake’s artificial intelligence capabilities allow students to discover new opportunities that are a great fit for their experience, skills, and interests by making recommendations that become increasingly relevant as the platform learns students’ preferences over time.
  • Employers, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff can all offer internship or full-time job opportunities or promote recruitment-related events on Handshake.
  • Students and alumni can create profiles and apply to opportunities on Handshake.

Your Handshake account will allow you to:

  • Enter employment opportunities
  • Review student resumes
  • Schedule interviews

We encourage employers to post their opportunities in Handshake themselves in order to ensure posting accuracy. Our office will approve all postings in the system and reach out with any questions. Job and internship postings will remain active in our Handshake system for 30 days unless otherwise noted by the employer.

Note: Posting on Handshake assumes agreement to our recruiting policies.

To ensure that all parties (students, recruiting organizations) have the best possible experience, we have established policies and procedures concerning interviews (on campus and off), offers of employment, and other aspects of the hiring process. We also expect employers to comply with principles established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

For questions about setting up or using a recruiting account on Handshake, please contact:

Recruiting Strategies and Successes

Host a select breakfast with candidates of your choosing—an informal way to meet and share information with the most relevant candidates.

  • In fall of 2016, MarketAxess, a NYC-based fintech firm invited 16 candidates to breakfast at the beginning of their recruiting cycle and after multiple rounds of interviewing, extended a total of four full-time offers.

Have lunch with faculty or athletic coaches, who can then recommend you to their top students.

  • Betwixt.us, a NYC startup, met with faculty from both computer sciences and the Center for the Arts and Humanities in August 2016 and is now working directly with two students on an in-semester project with plans to expand the engagement to a class of student entrepreneurs.

Break through the student center tabling clutter by providing something with educational or entertainment value (an interactive demo, a quiz show, a game) for the general student populace—and bring swag!

  • Hubspot.com, a Boston-based email marketing campaign platform, hosted a local ice cream truck right outside the student center on the hottest day in September to show students just how cool their corporate culture is.
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries brought Google Cardboard virtual reality glasses to let students experience what it’s like to stand in one of their cranberry bogs—without the waders!

Co-host a meeting and a pizza party with a student club.

  • Overland, an outdoor adventure company, met with Colby’s Outing Club the night before its information session and had the best turnout ever despite being scheduled during mid-terms.

Use information sessions to create great karma. Spend less time talking about your organization and more time creating value for students.

  • Charles River Associates hosted a workshop on case interviewing for Colby students interested in careers in consulting.
  • Citigroup and Barclays both shared insights about different financial services disciplines and how to become an attractive candidate for each functional area in coffee (small group) chats with first-years and sophomores.
  • Prudential hosted an ice cream social with students of color in our Pugh Center to discuss topics around diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

If you can’t make it to campus, there are plenty of inventive ways to let students know who you are and why they should apply to positions at your company:

  • Hijack our Twitter or Instagram handle for a few hours and engage with our students directly on social. Better create some memorable memes!
  • Host virtual (Google Hangouts, etc.) information sessions and sponsor a viewing party with pizza or goodies to satisfy late-night cravings! If you have some swag to send, so much the better (a real memento of their virtual experience).
  • Participate in a moderated virtual panel with other companies representing different industries or functional areas to inform students about your particular area of expertise.