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Employment Offer Guidelines

Michigan State University understands that the recruiting process consists of stringent deadlines for both the employer and students. It is the University’s position that students that make abrupt or ill-advised decisions are not offered the opportunity to evaluate all of their options and seek appropriate counsel, which could result in reneging on job offers.

The following guidelines apply to all students at Michigan State University, however there may be exceptions:

  • All offers should be in writing. The start of the offer decision deadline starts with the date of a complete written offer.
  • Students need a reasonable amount of time to evaluate and respond to an employment offer. All offers should remain open for a minimum of three weeks and sometimes significantly longer (see below). If necessary, we encourage you to consider extending your offer deadline upon reasonable request from the student.
  • Exploding offers are prohibited. Exploding offers are offers given during the interview with the explicit or implied intention that the offer will be rescinded if not accepted on the spot.
  • Students face consequences for reneging on an accepted offer.

During high volume on-campus recruiting seasons in the fall and spring, our goal is to provide all participating employers a reasonable amount of time to complete their recruiting process and allow students enough time to respond to offers. Please contact our Russell Palmer Career Management Center at (517) 432-0830 or Stadium Office Tower office at (517) 884-1300 should you have offer deadline questions. 

FALL RECRUITMENT

OFFERS EXTENDED AS A RESULT OF A PAST INTERNSHIP OR CO-OP

For full-time conversion offers or returning internship/co-op offers:

Should remain open until: 3 weeks after offer is made or November 1, whichever comes later

OFFERS EXTENDED AS A RESULT OF FALL INTERVIEWS (SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 31)

For full-time or internship offers:

Should remain open until: 3 weeks after offer is made or November 15, whichever comes later

SPRING RECRUITMENT

OFFERS EXTENDED AS A RESULT OF SPRING INTERVIEWS (JANUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 28)

For full-time or internship offers:

Should remain open until: 3 weeks from the time of offer or March 15, whichever comes later

OFF SEASON

OFFERS EXTENDED THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR

Should allow a minimum of 3 weeks after the offer is made