The CDO provides two major programs to connect students directly with employers and graduate schools. These programs offers students access to around 500 employers and 50 graduate schools every year.
On-Campus Recruiting is when one of the career centers at The Claremont Colleges invites employers and graduate schools to come on-campus and recruit for open positions or provide information. Employers may collect resumes through a Resume Drop in Handshake, interview students at one of The Claremont Colleges career centers, attend a career fair, and/or conduct an information session on campus where you can learn more about their organization and meet representatives.
Dates: September – May (Academic Year)
Who Should Participate: All students are welcome to participate. Seniors and recent graduates within 1 year of graduating can apply for full-time positions. Employers target their internship recruiting to juniors and sophomores, but first years are sometimes considered as well. All students and alumni are invited to attend information sessions.
Location: Events may occur at any of The Claremont Colleges, but all are part of Pomona’s OCR program.
Winter Break Recruiting Program
The CDO collaborates with the Career & Internships Connections Consortium, which is comprised of top ranked colleges from across the country. We work with these schools to organize large interview days that occur in the nation’s largest cities.
Dates: November & January
Who Should Participate: Most positions are for graduating seniors, but there are a growing number of internship opportunities for current students.
Location: Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
Advantages of Participating
- We bring the employers/graduate schools to you or take you to the employers.
- Your application is much more likely to be reviewed than if you apply online. Sometimes applying through on-campus recruiting is the ONLY way that organizations will review your application.
- Organizations participating are targeting Pomona students.
- Attending information sessions and career fairs allows organizations to put a face with a name. This can increase your chances of being selected. It also can give you information beyond what you can find on their website.
- The Winter Break Recruiting Program gives students access to more employers from the Midwest and East Coast which may not be able to travel to Southern California.
- We provide funding to help defer expenses for all students that have interviews on the East Coast through the Winter Break Recruiting program.
How to Participate
On-Campus Interviews/Resume Drop - Submit your resume and any additional documents requested by the employer in Handshake. Employers review the submitted resumes and if you are selected, you will be notified and asked to sign up for an interview time in Handshake. If selected for an interview, make sure you spend significant time preparing. Learn more about interview preparation. We highly recommend that you do at least one practice interview. Because these take time to schedule, you should start preparing for interviews prior to getting accepted for one. Remember, not all interviews take place at Pomona College, so check the location carefully. Arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled interview time.
Information Sessions – We highly suggest (but do not require) that you RSVP in Handshake that you are attending. If we do not receive 3 or more RSVPs, the event may be canceled or re-scheduled. Business or business casual attire is suggested for most information sessions.
Information Tables – These are more casual interactions with employers or graduate schools that typically occur in the dining halls over the lunch hour. RSVPs are not required for information tables. Casual dress is fine.
Career Fairs – Prior to the event, try to research the organizations as much as possible. Develop a list of questions you want to ask. This is your opportunity to impress them so that when you apply online, they remember a favorable interaction with you. Learn more about networking. Dress in business attire and bring several copies of your resume.
Winter Break Recruiting Program – All students interested in participating in this program must attend a required information session which occurs during the fall semester. For exact dates, times, and locations, check the Events section of Handshake. At the information session you will learn more detailed information about this program, deadlines, funding information, and more.
Q. How do I find out who is doing on-campus recruiting?
A. Log in to your Handshake account. To search for information sessions and tables go to “Events” and then “Organization Events.” To see interviewing opportunities go to the “Handshake Opportunities” section, then under “Show Me” select “On-Campus Recruiting/Interviews.”
Q. Why do many of the organizations coming to campus seem business related?
A. Businesses do more mass hiring for internship and full-time positions. Many organizations, such as non-profits, scientific and law firms, government agencies, publishing houses, and public relations firms, hire as positions come available. We still have OCR opportunities with many of these industries, but not in the same numbers as the business organizations. Also, many of these non-business opportunities come through our Winter Break Recruiting Program.
Q. Why shouldn’t I just apply on the employer’s website for these positions? Why should I go through the CDO and Handshake?
A. Organizations typically give priority to applicants that come through OCR or the Winter Break Recruiting programs. If they have not filled all their positions through these programs, then they will look at applicants who solely applied online.
Q. I’m too busy to make the deadlines for positions available through on-campus recruiting. Can I just wait until the summer?
A. We strongly advise against this. Organizations that participate in on-campus recruiting have a hiring cycle and most likely will have all their positions filled by the summer.
Q. Why don’t more organizations come to the Pomona campus?
A. In regards to employers coming to other Claremont Colleges already, we have an agreement with the other Claremont Colleges to not try to “take” employers that are already conducting interviews at their campus. Employers choose a campus at which to interview for a variety of reasons. Even though they must choose one campus at which to recruit, they want to recruit all students at The Claremont Colleges equally. The CDO offers students access to around 500 employers and 50 graduate schools every year through our on-campus recruiting and Winter Break Recruiting programs. These are very impressive numbers for a small liberal arts college. If you would like to see an employer come that does not already recruit at one of the colleges, email the employer information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can bring them here.
Q. When does on-campus recruiting begin?
A. OCR for graduate schools occurs year-round, but mainly in the fall semester. Employers recruit for most full-time positions in the early fall (September and October), but there are some exceptions for law, education, and healthcare industries which also recruit in the spring. Employers recruit for most internship positions in the spring (January/February), but some consulting and finance employers are starting to recruit in the fall.