Employer Information Sessions

Scheduling Successful Employer Information Sessions

An employer information session is an educational presentation that allows organizations to communicate their brand and mission, and describe opportunities and career paths with students. Employer information sessions are hour-long events, beginning on the hour, Monday to Thursday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. We ask all organizations, regardless of where your information session will be held, to adhere to our employer information session procedures. It is imperative that we be aware of all of your recruiting activities so that we may advertise them to our student body, facilitate your visit and assist, wherever possible, in avoiding scheduling conflicts. Please Note: We do not schedule competing employers in the same time-slot.

With more than 300 employer information sessions being conducted throughout the year, there is a great deal of competition for student attention. Planning an event that is appropriate for your firm's hiring needs and presence on campus is the best road to success. We strongly recommend that your organization schedules one employer information session representing the different functions for which you are hiring rather than a separate session for each function or division. You may want to discuss your plans with the Recruiting Managers.

Employer Information Session Dates to Remember:
  • Fall term 2017 employer information sessions focusing on full-time opportunities will begin on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, which is the first day of fall term classes.
  • Fall term 2017 employer information sessions focusing on summer internship opportunities will begin on Monday, September 18, 2017.
  • Spring term 2018 will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, which is the first day of spring term classes.


Employer Information Session Procedures

Schedule your interview dates PRIOR to scheduling an information session, so you can plan the timing of your session accordingly. We find the most effective time to have your general employer information session is during the student resume submission period. It is imperative you be aware of recruiting deadlines and holidays that may affect participation at your event. Please see the 2017-2018 On-Campus Recruiting Deadlines Calendar and Penn Academic Calendar for recruiting deadlines and important university dates.
 
Requests to schedule employer information sessions during the 2017-2018 academic term will be accepted in Handshake (not via PennLink, email or telephone) beginning at 12:00 noon EDT on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for corporate donors and participants of the 2017-2018 Career Services Support Program. All other employers may submit their requests starting Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon EDT.
  • After logging into Handshake, request an employer information session from the "Events" section of the Handshake homepage.
  • Complete and submit the employer information session form. Make sure to include all fields. Be sure to select an alternate presentation date in the event your first choice is not available. You will need to complete a separate form for each presentation you wish to schedule.
  • Please be patient in awaiting your information session confirmation from the On-Campus Recruiting office.
  • If you are having an information session the Night Before your interviews, it is very strongly suggested that you contact all students on your schedules to invite them to attend - otherwise, they may think it is an optional event.
  • View our guidlines for arranging audiovisual support, catering, and the shipment of materials for employer information sessions.


Publicity & Marketing

  • Increase your brand visibility on our campus by participating in the Career Services Support Program. As an advanced-level supporter, your organization's logo will appear as a pin on the student portal of Handshake, our online recruiting system for one calendar year.
  • Your employer information session will be publicized online in the Career Services Information Session Calendar and in Handshake, our online recruiting system. This advertising is only done if your information session was coordinated through the On-Campus Recruiting office.
  • Advertise your session in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the online and print student newspaper. Printed ads placed a few days before and on the day of the presentation seem to get the most response. Internet advertising is also available, with online ads linking to your company's website or recruiting page.

For questions about employer information sessions not answered here, please contact us.