Offer Guidelines & Policy

Students, as well as employers, have a responsibility to communicate effectively regarding any potential internship or job offers.

Student Offer Acceptance Policy

If you receive an offer, you may continue to interview with employers. However, be certain that you respond to the offering employer prior to their deadline. Once you have ACCEPTED an offer verbally or in writing for a full-time position, internship or co-op, it is unethical to continue to interview, apply for jobs and conduct other job search activities for opportunities with similar or competing start dates as the accepted offer.

For example: If you accept an offer for an upcoming summer internship, you are no longer eligible to interview for any other opportunities that conflict with your summer employment dates. On the other hand, applying for additional internships, co-ops or full-time employment outside of those dates is permissible.

Your acceptance is a formal commitment to the employer that should be honored. Reneging on an offer (i.e. accepting an offer then withdrawing that acceptance) not only damages your personal credibility and professional reputation but also:

  • potentially takes the slot away from another Rutgers candidate
  • the employer may decide to discontinue recruiting at Rutgers, thus jeopardizing opportunities for future candidates.
  • reflects poorly on the Rutgers Business School

If you renege on an accepted offer, your on-campus recruiting and job listing privileges may be permanently revoked. The student may also face disciplinary action by the Rutgers’ Office of Student Conduct that could include expulsion from the university.

This policy will be strictly ENFORCED for all RBS students. You will be held accountable for your actions once you accept an offer. If you need guidance in evaluating job offers, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with RBS Office of Career Management (OCM) before making a final decision. To contact us, click here.

Employer Offer Guidelines

Please note, the offer extension guidelines are requests we make to employers, not requirements. The final decision on offer deadlines is up to the individual employer.

Timing for Offers and Decisions

Students need time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to offers. To facilitate this process, please provide students with a MINIMUM of two weeks from the date of the written offer, but preferably longer, to accept or decline.

Rutgers Business School Guidelines:

Type of Offer Student Responds By
Full-time offer extended after summer internship Minimum of 2 weeks or September 4th, whichever is later
Internship or Full-time offer extended during the Summer or Fall semester for a start date after the fall semester Minimum of 2 weeks or October 2nd, whichever is later
All other offers Minimum of 2 weeks

In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond this deadline; we encourage you to accommodate their requests whenever possible.