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Employer Engagement

Connecting You with Talent to Meet Your Needs

A St. Thomas education is rooted in the Liberal Arts, meaning that our students develop a breadth of skills with a depth of knowledge in their specific field of study. Additionally, St. Thomas is the only academic institution in Minnesota to be designated a “Changemaker Campus,” meaning social innovation, entrepreneurship and caring for the common good are built into everything we do.

Our goal is to help you find the talent you need to meet your early career and internship opportunities. Whether you represent a small business or large corporation, a nonprofit organization or government agency, we are here to help you connect with Tommie talent.

Consult with staff to develop a tailored outreach and pipeline development strategy. Utilize our many services and resources. Take advantage of tools such as Handshake and St. Thomas Connect to increase your visibility with students and alumni.

See below for more information about recruiting at St. Thomas, connecting with students and resources for employers.

Recruiting at St. Thomas

The Career Development Center uses Handshake to connect students with all things career-related – including job and internship opportunities. Use your existing Handshake account or get started with the Employer Quickstart Guide.

Post an Internship or Job - #HireTommies

  • Preview Handshake’s posting form fields here.
  • If creating a job description is new for you, see this list of typical items to include.

Recruiting with LinkedIn

Join the Group, University of St. Thomas #HireTommies. Brief information about specific opportunities can be shared with current students and alumni members of the group.

Policies & Guidelines

Please review our Policies and Guidelines about posting positions, EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity), internship compensation and campus recruiting eligibility.

Engage with Students

  • Interviews
  • Student Clubs
  • Information Sessions
  • Employer Chats
  • Tabling On-campus
  • Candidates come to YOU!
  • Interviews Schedules

    Conduct interviews on-campus or virtually. Use Handshake to post positions, view applications, communicate selection decisions, and construct interview schedules.

    To request an interview schedule in Handshake, follow the steps found in this guide. Please allow 1-3 business days for review and approval, at which time you’ll be notified of questions or schedule availability.

    Student Clubs

    When your opportunities align with targeted majors and career interests, our student clubs are the ideal place to engage with students. Be a guest speaker at club meetings, offer company visits and/or job shadows, and participate in events.

    To identify relevant clubs or if you have questions, please reach out to us at hiretommies@stthomas.edu.

    Information Sessions

    Info sessions can be an effective way to connect with students when your opportunities appeal to a broad range of interests. Sessions can be offered online or in-person. Eligible employers offer paid internships and/or full-time jobs that prefer or require a bachelor’s degree.

    If interested in scheduling an Info Session, follow the steps in the link below. Please allow 1-3 business days for a reply.

    Employer Chat Sessions

    Sometimes informal conversations are the best way to engage students. Employer Chats give students the opportunity to ask you questions about your organization, internships and career opportunities.

    Tabling in the Student Center

    For part-time and summer jobs: Request an Information Table in our Anderson Student Center. Traffic will be mostly first-year and sophomore students. Employers are limited to one reservation per semester.

    For paid internships and FT, post-graduation jobs: Staff do not recommend tabling as the best way to reach these candidates. Please Email Employer Engagement staff to discuss options.

    Offer job shadows & site visits

    Show off your workplace and build connections by inviting students to visit your organization. Invite specific St. Thomas student clubs or post as a Handshake Event for all students.

    If interested, connect with Employer Engagement staff or use Handshake to Post a Job and select Job Type: Experiential Learning.

    If you are an alum, you can also communicate your willingness to help through St. Thomas Connect.

    Interviews

    Interviews Schedules

    Conduct interviews on-campus or virtually. Use Handshake to post positions, view applications, communicate selection decisions, and construct interview schedules.

    To request an interview schedule in Handshake, follow the steps found in this guide. Please allow 1-3 business days for review and approval, at which time you’ll be notified of questions or schedule availability.

    Student Clubs

    Student Clubs

    When your opportunities align with targeted majors and career interests, our student clubs are the ideal place to engage with students. Be a guest speaker at club meetings, offer company visits and/or job shadows, and participate in events.

    To identify relevant clubs or if you have questions, please reach out to us at hiretommies@stthomas.edu.

    Information Sessions

    Information Sessions

    Info sessions can be an effective way to connect with students when your opportunities appeal to a broad range of interests. Sessions can be offered online or in-person. Eligible employers offer paid internships and/or full-time jobs that prefer or require a bachelor’s degree.

    If interested in scheduling an Info Session, follow the steps in the link below. Please allow 1-3 business days for a reply.

    Employer Chats

    Employer Chat Sessions

    Sometimes informal conversations are the best way to engage students. Employer Chats give students the opportunity to ask you questions about your organization, internships and career opportunities.

    Tabling On-campus

    Tabling in the Student Center

    For part-time and summer jobs: Request an Information Table in our Anderson Student Center. Traffic will be mostly first-year and sophomore students. Employers are limited to one reservation per semester.

    For paid internships and FT, post-graduation jobs: Staff do not recommend tabling as the best way to reach these candidates. Please Email Employer Engagement staff to discuss options.

    Candidates come to YOU!

    Offer job shadows & site visits

    Show off your workplace and build connections by inviting students to visit your organization. Invite specific St. Thomas student clubs or post as a Handshake Event for all students.

    If interested, connect with Employer Engagement staff or use Handshake to Post a Job and select Job Type: Experiential Learning.

    If you are an alum, you can also communicate your willingness to help through St. Thomas Connect.

    Resources for Employers

  • St. Thomas Quick Facts
  • Internship Planning
  • Paying Interns
  • Salary Information
  • Inclusive Recruiting
  • Let Us Help You
  • Majors, Students & Dates

    Internship Planning

    Employer Engagement staff are happy to consult about planning a first or improving an existing internship program.

    To get you started:
    • Tailor this experience – Adjust your job titles, position descriptions, interview questions and on-boarding to a college-level internship experience.
    • Review Characteristics of High-Quality Internships
    • Note must-have elements to provide a best-in-class experience.

    Paying Interns

    We strongly recommend that employers pay their interns. First and foremost, this is an equity issue; all students need an internship, but not all can afford to work for no pay.

    Also, offering an hourly wage often results in greater numbers of applications and a higher level of commitment from the intern. If you host unpaid interns, it is important to provide a substantial educational experience and be aware of legal standards.

    Salary Information

    First Destinations Reports – Includes reported starting salaries of St. Thomas graduates.

    MN DEED – For Minnesota employer salary averages, visit the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Career and Education Explorer tool.

    NACE – National Association of Colleges and Employers members have complimentary access to their Salary Survey Report. It is available to non-members for a fee. View articles on the topic of compensation here.

    Inclusive Recruiting

    The University of St. Thomas Career Development Center is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to the work needed to break down barriers that have historically prevented members of our diverse community from equitable access to full career education and work experiences, and from equitable career outcomes.

    Consulting Services

    Employer Engagement staff can help you with your early talent recruitment efforts:
    • Job description development
    • Internship development
    • Campus visibility activities
    • Student engagement at your site

    For help with any of the above or other questions related to recruiting at St. Thomas, email Employer Engagement at hiretommies@stthomas.edu.

    St. Thomas Quick Facts

    Majors, Students & Dates

    Internship Planning

    Internship Planning

    Employer Engagement staff are happy to consult about planning a first or improving an existing internship program.

    To get you started:
    • Tailor this experience – Adjust your job titles, position descriptions, interview questions and on-boarding to a college-level internship experience.
    • Review Characteristics of High-Quality Internships
    • Note must-have elements to provide a best-in-class experience.

    Paying Interns

    Paying Interns

    We strongly recommend that employers pay their interns. First and foremost, this is an equity issue; all students need an internship, but not all can afford to work for no pay.

    Also, offering an hourly wage often results in greater numbers of applications and a higher level of commitment from the intern. If you host unpaid interns, it is important to provide a substantial educational experience and be aware of legal standards.

    Salary Information

    Salary Information

    First Destinations Reports – Includes reported starting salaries of St. Thomas graduates.

    MN DEED – For Minnesota employer salary averages, visit the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Career and Education Explorer tool.

    NACE – National Association of Colleges and Employers members have complimentary access to their Salary Survey Report. It is available to non-members for a fee. View articles on the topic of compensation here.

    Inclusive Recruiting

    Inclusive Recruiting

    The University of St. Thomas Career Development Center is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to the work needed to break down barriers that have historically prevented members of our diverse community from equitable access to full career education and work experiences, and from equitable career outcomes.

    Let Us Help You

    Consulting Services

    Employer Engagement staff can help you with your early talent recruitment efforts:
    • Job description development
    • Internship development
    • Campus visibility activities
    • Student engagement at your site

    For help with any of the above or other questions related to recruiting at St. Thomas, email Employer Engagement at hiretommies@stthomas.edu.

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    Recruiting BIPOC and First Generation Students

    First generation and BIPOC students bring gifts of persistence, resilience and cultural capital to the workplace. Employers need to offer representation, relationship building and trust. This webinar offers perspective from the view point of BIPOC and first generation students and employers who successfully recruit them.