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Welcome employers! We are excited to connect you with Concordia University, St. Paul students and alumni. Please see various ways you can connect with our students below.

Recruit on Campus

Employers can request a table without charge, affording you visibility and the opportunity to talk with students about your opportunities in our highest foot-traffic area of campus. Each employer may submit up to three table requests per semester. Employers must request the date and time two weeks prior to the event.

To request a table, please fill out our Employer On Campus Recruitment Request form.

Avoid requesting a date when students are on break or studying for finals week.  View our 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.

Post to Handshake

We welcome employers to promote job and internship opportunities through our online job and internship board, Handshake. Your open positions will reach Concordia University, St. Paul students and alumni from all majors and degree programs. Please note, we review each employer and posting manually. Please allow up to 2 business days for your request to be processed.

 

 

If you are new to Handshake, please create a free account here. If you are already registered as an employer on Handshake, add Concordia University, St. Paul to your favorite schools to post open positions for CSP students and alumni.

Hire at a Job Fair

  • Looking for a part-time job? Come to the CSP Fall Part-Time Job Fair to meet with on and off-campus employers offering paid, part-time, non-degree required jobs that accommodate your class schedule.

    Event Details:

    • When: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Where: Buenger Education Center (BEC)
    • Cost: Free!
    • Registration: None

     

    Employers: Access employer registration information here.

  • The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open to all CSP students and alumni. There is no cost to attend this event! View employers registered for this event.

    Event Details:

    To make the most out of this fair, please attend the Government and Non-Profit Prep Session:

    If you are unable to attend the prep session, watch our Minnesota Government and Nonprofit Job and Internship Fair Virtual Prep Session.

    Employers: Registration is required to participate in this fair. For more information, please visit the Government and Nonprofit Job Fair website.

  • Looking for a part-time job? Come to the CSP Spring Part-Time Job Fair to meet with on and off-campus employers offering paid, part-time, non-degree required jobs that accommodate your class schedule.

    Event Details:

    • When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Where: Buenger Education Center (BEC)
    • Cost: Free!
    • Registration: None

    Employers: Access employer registration information here.

  • Join us at the 44th Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair! By attending the Job Fair, you will have the opportunity to network with 260+ employers who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates! Many of the employers who will be present at the fair will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other employers may anticipate hiring in the next six months.

    No matter what the organizations’ objectives may be, as an attendee, you can take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career goals may fit with their hiring needs.

    Event Details:

    • When: Thursday, February 27, 2020
      – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Job Fair and Interviews)
      – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Interviews Only)
    • Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
      1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Cost: $15

    This fair is open to CSP sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors.  Visit the MNPC Fair website for more information on the fair itself and the employers registered.

    Student Registration Process:

     

    Employers: Registration is required to participate in this fair. For more information, please visit the MPCC Job and Internship Fair website.

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, alternative print materials or other accommodations should contact Career Development at as soon as possible. Some services may require up to two weeks to coordinate.

  • CSP students and alumni eligible to teach by December 2020 are invited to attend the 34th annual Minnesota Education Job Fair. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with school districts from across the nation. We encourage you to visit the MN Education Job Fair site prior to registering for the fair to view the districts in attendance, the positions they are hiring for, and their application/interview process.

    Event Details:

    • When: Monday, April 20, 2020, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
      – Lunch included if you pre-register!
    • Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
      1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Cost: $20* If you need to pay, please do so here.
    • Registration: Monday, February 4 through Friday, March 29

    Student Registration Process: Registration will be available closer to the fair date.

     

    Employers: Registration is required to participate in this fair. For more information, please visit the Minnesota Education Job Fair website.

Hiring International Students

Concordia University, Saint Paul typically enrolls over 150 international students from nearly 30 countries.  The diverse global perspectives these students bring to Concordia and the surrounding communities provide an opportunity for cross-cultural learning.  International students bring with them strengths that are beneficial for employers including:

  • Varied thinking on global issues
  • Cross-cultural market awareness
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and cultures
  • Ability to communicate in multiple languages
  • International experience with a global perspective
  • Potential relocation to home country provides a reliable international liaison
  • How can international students work in the US?
    International students with an F-1 student visa have employment benefits as part of their visa status. International students may work on-campus or off-campus in a position related to their major or field of study.

    Do international students need work authorization before we can make an offer?  No. They do not need work authorization to receive an offer. They just need it before they begin working. Their university immigration advisor will walk them through this process.

    Is the hiring process more time intensive with international students?  Employers do not need to complete any additional paperwork before making a job offer. The process is similar to hiring US students.  International students are responsible for acquiring proper work authorization on their own. The authorization doesn’t require extra steps from the employer. 

    How can international students work without a Green Card (permanent residency)?  The F-1 student visa has work benefits that allow for off-campus work.  International students are allowed to work in jobs or internships related to their field of study. 

    Do employers have to certify that international students haven’t taken a job that a US citizen could’ve filled?  No. This is only needed during employer-sponsored Green Card applications. 

    What are the work authorizations for international students?  International students have a number of “Practical Training” options available to them. Their university immigration advisor will walk them through the CPT and OPT authorization processes.

    • While in school: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (Minimum of one semester. Confirm length of eligibility with student.)
    • After graduation: Optional Practical Training (OPT) (12-month authorization)
    • After OPT: STEM OPT (24-month extension) or employer sponsorship for H1-B temporary work visa 

    What are the employment steps if an international student will use CPT?  Treat the hiring process the same as it is for US students.  If you would like to make a job offer, the student will need an offer letter for CPT authorization that includes title and duties, full or part-time, start date and end date (if known), and address of employment.  CPT employment authorizations can be ready within five business days. Then the student can start their position with you! 

    What are the employment steps if an international student will use OPT?  Treat the hiring process the same as it is for US students and make the job offer.  Talk to the student about acquiring OPT authorization in time for the target start date. Students do not need a job offer to apply for OPT. They may start working once they’ve applied for OPT and received their Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

    Is there a cost associated with hiring international students?
    It is free to hire international students for on-campus, off-campus, or post-program positions. There is no cost to the employer unless the employer chooses to sponsor their employee for an H-1B temporary work visa in the future.  

    How do international students to adapt to the work environment in the United States?
    Making the decision to enroll in college in the United States and entering a new environment requires international students to adapt and integrate with their new surroundings.  For this reason, international students are highly adaptable and flexible. 

  • F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus.  At Concordia University, students are allowed to work on-campus up to 19 hours/week while classes are in session. 

    • Employer’s Role: The employer will need to provide a signature on the on-campus employment verification letter that the student will need to give to the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they do not already have a social security number.
    • Student’s Role: Once a student receives a job offer, they will need to apply for a Social Security Number if they do not already have one. The student should place a request with the Office of International Student Services for the on-campus employment verification letter. Once they have received their paper Social Security Card in the mail, they will need to complete hiring paperwork with CSP’s HR office before starting work.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a work authorization that allows F-1 students to work off-campus in their academic field after their first academic school year (9 months). Through CPT, students are eligible to work in a part-time or full-time position that can be paid or unpaid.  Please note that working full-time (more than 20 hours/week) for 12 months or more will cancel students’ eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

    • Employer’s Role: Once the student is offered a position, the employer will need to provide the student an offer letter that includes the position title, brief description of the responsibilities, hours per week, start date and end date (if known) of employment, and address of employment.  
    • Student’s Role: After a student has been offered a position and obtained an offer letter, they will visit CSP’s International Student Services Portal at iss.csp.edu to apply for and begin the CPT process.  This process will be facilitated between the student, the student’s major department and advisor, and the ISS Office. The student will be issued a Form I-20 showing proof of their work authorization, and may then begin working. 
    • Duration: Students can work 1 semester or up to 12 months. Certain programs may have a longer CPT eligibility. The student will be able to confirm this information.
    • Cost and Processing Time: There is no cost to the employer.  The processing and approval time for CPT can take up to 5 business days. The student will be issued a Form I-20 showing proof of their work authorization, and may then begin working.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a work authorization that allows F-1 students who have graduated to work for 12 months  in their major field of study to gain experiences.  

    • Employer’s Role:  There is little to no involvement to the OPT process as it is solely the student’s responsibility to apply for OPT.  However, students may need employment verification, which is when the employer can step in.

    STEM OPT is a 24-month OPT extension available to students in certain STEM majors. STEM OPT requires employers to work with students to complete a training plan. More information on STEM OPT can be found at this link. Overall, the STEM OPT employer will be responsible for the following:

    • E-Verify: STEM OPT employers must be enrolled in the E-Verify program. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States (https://www.e-verify.gov/). 
    • Compensation: STEM OPT students must be employed in a paid position.
    • I-983 Training Plan and Changes: It is the responsibility of the student’s direct supervisor to review and sign off on the student’s I-983 training plan. Additionally, if there are changes to the student’s position, the supervisor will need to update and sign off on their I-983 training plan.  
    • Student Self-Evaluations:  The student’s supervisor will need to review and sign off the student’s self-evaluations on the I-983 Training Plan once at the mid-point of employment and again at the end of employment.
    • Loss or Termination of Employment: Loss or termination of employment should be reported to Concordia’s ISS Office within five business days of the end of the employment. The ISS Office’s email is iss@csp.edu.
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Site Visits: DHS is authorized to visit the site where a student is working to confirm that the student is adhering to the I-983 training plan. DHS will notify the employer 48 hours before visiting.  

     

    Student’s Role: Students are responsible for applying for STEM OPT if qualified. For STEM OPT, students are required to keep I-983 training plans and evaluations up to date and comply with STEM OPT reporting requirements.

    Cost and Processing Time:  There are no costs for the employer. If you would like to retain your OPT employee longer, please see below section on Long-Term Work.   

  • If the employer wishes to continue to temporarily hire an international student for a certain amount of years, they can apply for an H-1B temporary work visa. Applications for H-1B visas are submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by the sponsoring company on behalf of the international student. 

    • Employer’s Role: The employer is responsible for filing the H-1B application on behalf of the international employee.
    • Duration: H-1B visas are initially granted for three years but can be renewed for a total of six years. If an employer wishes to retain an employee beyond this period, the employer may go through the Green Card (permanent residency) sponsorship process.

Employer Policies and Guidelines

  • Concordia University, St. Paul Office of Career Development (CSP) adheres to the NACE Principles for Professional Practice for Career Services and Employment Professionals and expects employers to do the same. These principles are available on the National Association of Colleges and Employers website.

     

    Employers are expected to maintain a positive, collaborative working relationship with CSP staff. That includes cooperation with CSP policies and procedures, meeting necessary deadlines to ensure smooth operation of on-campus interview visits, providing the job / company information and data requested, providing hire data as requested, complying with the legal obligations of recruiters, and maintaining the confidentiality of student data as outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Employers that violate FERPA regulations will lose access to CSP services for five years, as stated in the regulations.

     

    All employer representatives are expected to support CSP policies in all interactions with students. Of course, the CSP management team welcomes employer feedback and input on those policies at any time. Employers that are unable to comply with these policies may wish to use other recruiting resources, such as newspaper advertisements, commercial job boards, or third-party agencies.

    CSP holds the right to discontinue access to students for any reason.

    Concordia University, St. Paul Office of Career Development is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons and provides services to our students and employers on a nondiscriminatory basis. We expect all employers to comply with U.S. and state employment laws and we recommend including an EEO statement with all job descriptions.

    • CSP reserves the right to refuse service to any employer that violates the NACE Principles for Professional Practice or any CSP policy.
    • CSP works with third parties only under limited circumstances, which are outlined in detail in the CSP Third-Party Policy Statement.
    • CSP reserves the right to refuse service to any employer if a review of the specific opportunity or nature/status of the company suggests that it is inappropriate for our service population; if students are injured or exposed to unsafe working conditions; if the employer discriminates; or if CSP receives student complaints about discrimination, harassment, threats, unsafe working conditions, or any other questionable circumstance.
    • Employers without an operational website cannot be served until there is a website operational. CSP will review the employer’s website for appropriateness. Employers should have an EID number prior to initiating any hiring.
    • CSP will not provide service to any employer requiring upfront payment of any kind or the purchase of products or work equipment/tools (with the possible exception of safety equipment such as steel-toed boots).
    • In the event that a Concordia University, St. Paul student experiences any harassment or actual or potential harm at the workplace, the employer’s recruiting privileges will be suspended pending a resolution of the situation that is satisfactory to CSP.
    • CSP does not recommend or select candidates for employers.
    • Your account as an employer provides you a limited, terminable right to access and use the CSP job search site only for your internal business use to seek candidates for employment and scheduling interviews.
  • CSP Career Development defines third-party recruiters as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities for other organizations rather than for internal positions.  This includes entities that make referrals or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment.  Examples are employment agencies, search firms, contract recruiters, venture capital firms acting on behalf of their portfolio companies, and online job posting or resume referral services.

    Third-party recruiters may utilize CSP Career Development job listing services but must verify in advance whether they are recruiting for their own organizations or for their clients.  Third-party firms who are recruiting for positions within their own organizations must clearly differentiate those opportunities from their client engagements. Failure to abide by these third-party requirements will result in loss of access to CSP Career Development services.

     

    Third-party recruiters representing client organizations must:

    • Verify that they charge no fees of any kind to student or alumni applicants;
    • Identify themselves as a third-party recruiter in their Handshake employer profile and all client job announcements;
    • Provide accurate position descriptions and include specific client names in all jobs posted on Handshake;
    • Only release candidate information provided to the identified employer in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Re-disclosure of candidate information to any other parties is not permitted.
  • Concordia University, St. Paul does not accept postings from private families or individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, personal care assistants (PCAs), house cleaning, nannies, tutors, and pet care. This is a precaution not only for the safety of our students but also for the clients and/or families we serve.

    Nanny, tutoring, and other home care agencies may still use our site to solicit applications from nannies, tutors, and care providers to be employed through their organization. As with all employment opportunities, the Office of Career Development urges all job and internship seekers to research an organization before applying. Check their website, the Better Business Bureau, references, and other sources to thoroughly ensure their legitimacy.

    • Job postings must be actual, current openings for internships, cooperative education assignments, and/or traditional, W-2 or 1099 full-or part-time employees.
    • Your job postings or e-mails must contain sufficient detail to convey clearly to the user the nature and basic requirements of the job opportunity.
    • CSP will review the employer’s website and each job description (whether a job listing or for an on-campus interview) for appropriateness.
    • Your job postings or e-mail communications may not contain anything that is sexually explicit, obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, or hateful; or anything that is embarrassing or offensive to another person or entity.
    • You may not use your job postings or e-mail to post advertisements or solicitations for employment in the pornography industry; the gambling industry, or post pyramid schemes.
    • You may not use your job postings or e-mail to post false, inaccurate, or misleading information.
    • CSP will not give account access or forward resumes to home-based businesses.
    • CSP will not send resumes to personal e-mail accounts.
    • We do not send resumes or give any employer passwords to corporate “student ambassadors” or “student campus recruiters.”  It is a violation of professional standards to provide a student’s resume to a fellow student for review and decision-making.
    • Cancellations: Employers that cancel interview schedules once the student sign-up window has opened are responsible for contacting students who were invited to interview to inform them of the cancellation.
    • Space available: During peak periods, CSP may limit the number of recruiting opportunities available for a given employer.
  • Commission-Only Employment
    Employers and individuals offering employment/entrepreneurial opportunities must pay a base salary equal to or greater than the federal minimum wage and comply with federal, state, and local regulations.

    Upfront Product Purchase
    Employers and individuals offering employment/entrepreneurial opportunities with compensation packages requiring commission only or requiring prospective employees to purchase products or services upfront are not permitted to recruit on campus, post to our job board, or attend career fairs.

    “Pyramid” or “Multi-Level” Employers
    Employers/individuals offering employment/entrepreneurial opportunities based on a “pyramid” or “multi-level” networking structure requiring or encouraging the recruitment of others who recruit others and so on to sell products and services will not be permitted to

  • CSP strongly discourage employers from requesting that students provide official transcripts at the initial interview. The fee for processing official transcript requests can present a financial burden to students who actively participate in interviewing. Employers that simply want to see courses completed can do so by requesting an “unofficial”  transcript (degree audit or “advising report”), which students can download from their University Registrar’s account at no charge.

    • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires signed written consent from a student prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records by an educational institution. All students registered as job seekers with Engineering Career Services and the Engineering Cooperative Education and Internship Program are required to sign such a consent form so that this office can legally provide their information to potential employers.
    • Employers should know that redisclosure of student information is prohibited. In other words, employers who receive students’ resumes and educational information may use it only for the original purpose for which disclosure was granted. Thus employers may not transmit (or redisclose) student information to any other employer or third party, nor to others within the employing organization for any purpose other than employment purposes. If an organization improperly rediscloses student records, federal law prohibits that party from obtaining student records for a period of at least five years.

Concordia University, St. Paul Office of Career Development is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons and provides services to our students and employers on a nondiscriminatory basis. We expect all employers to comply with U.S. and state employment laws and we recommend including an EEO statement with all job descriptions.