Thank you for considering Western Governors University (WGU) students and alumni for opportunities in your organization. Whether you are searching for interns or seeking to fill part-time and full-time career positions, our goal is to partner with you to recruit and hire a diverse pool of extremely qualified candidates and greatly increase your company's visibility.
We value your partnership and see you as an invaluable resource to WGU. Below are some ways that we can collaborate to meet your recruiting goals and initiatives:
WGU students and graduates are ready to work. WGU degree programs are designed with employer input to ensure that students master the skills employers are seeking—and in order to graduate, they must prove it through competency-based education.
Employer Recruiting Guidelines
By recruiting at WGU, you agree to follow and adhere to our Employer Recruiting Guidelines. Failure to comply, will result in your recruiting privileges being revoked.
Additionally, we refer to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Principles for Ethical Professional Practice in determining illegal and inappropriate behavior in the recruitment process.
Here are more information about these principles:
Employer User Policy and Guidelines
WGU Career & Professional Development supports employers in both maximizing their recruiting results and assisting our students and alumni in making informed career decisions. In order to provide fair and equitable services to our students, alumni, and employers, employers must subscribe to the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice, U.S. Department of Labor Guidelines for Unpaid Internships and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recruitment and employment guidelines and laws established by the Federal government.
WGU Career & Professional Development is committed to providing an educational and working environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. In accordance with University, Federal, State, and local laws, and regulations, WGU Career & Professional Development prohibits employers who discriminate in their selection of employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. WGU also prohibits sexual harassment.
Employers who have an interest in recruiting WGU students & alumni are encouraged to utilize the Handshake platform as their primary recruiting resource, regardless of their specific selection criteria. To ensure equal access to all students, our staff will not provide student recommendations, direct referrals, or any type of “top candidates” list to any party. This includes both employers and WGU faculty/staff. Employers should use Handshake to post their open positions and select their own candidates based on the specific guidelines and needs of their individual company. WGU faculty and staff should refer employers to Handshake if they are looking to recruit students and alumni.
Third Party Recruiting Guidelines
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines third-party recruiters as follows: “Third-party recruiters are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer 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." Third-party recruiters include, but are not limited to, employment agencies, search firms, and temporary agencies.
Third-party recruiters who are interested in posting positions on Handshake or participating in recruiting events with WGU must adhere to the following:
For Career Fair/Expo events, state in the company description that you are a third-party or temporary employment agency and indicate the client you are recruiting for at the event.
For job postings, provide the name of the client you are representing in the job description
State in the job description that any fees assessed by the agency will be paid by the client organization or the employer you are representing. WGU will not post opportunities that require WGU students or alumni to pay fees.
Any resumes collected from a job posting on Handshake will not be forwarded to another party without the student/applicant’s express written consent. Failure to comply with this is a violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
When requested by WGU, provide verification that there is an employer with whom you are working and a specific job to fill within 2 business days of the request.
When requested by WGU, provide information on candidate lifecycle and the contract signed by candidates working with your organization within 2 business days of the request.
Third-party recruiters who are hiring for positions within their own organization may participate in all Career and Professional Development recruiting activities.
Third-party recruiters who are hiring for positions outside their organization may post opportunities on Handshake. Career and Professional Development staff will approve all jobs prior to posting and reserve the right to request and verify the identity of clients.
Third-party recruiters hiring for positions outside their organization may be approved to participate in Career Fair/Expo events as space permits.
WGU reserves the right to limit access for organizations that charge fees to candidates, per our Employer Guidelines. Third party recruiters and temporary employment agencies will not have access to resume books.
By participating in these services, organizations agree that they will adhere to EEO standards in all recruiting activities, that no fee will be charged to any candidate at any time, and that organizations will not disclose student information under any circumstances to other entities without the student's prior written consent.
Any breach of these policies, guidelines, and/or deadlines not met will result in deactivation of third-party recruiter online account and termination of access to all recruitment services.