How to Navigate On-Campus Recruitment

How To Navigate On-Campus Recruitment (OCR)

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Employers who engage in On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) travel to Brown in the fall to hire interns for summer opportunities, as well as seniors for full-time positions after graduation. The vast majority of these organizations are finance, consulting, and tech. Finance and consulting in particular are recruiting earlier and earlier and some (like Goldman Sachs) are changing their recruiting strategy. The CareerLAB's Explore Career Fields pages have resources that can help you learn more about the application process and prepare for interviews.

Planning is key so that you don’t miss out on opportunities. Employers start to post fall opportunities in July and the first deadlines are the second week in September. Interviews start the last week in September. Checking Handshake and BrownConnect on a regular basis is the most helpful way to stay current on who is coming for information sessions, career fairs, and interviews.

Here are some additional tips on how to navigate the process. 

Step 1 - Check in regularly (start in late July and early August) to see if there are opportunities that interest you. See the full list of:

  • For internships, visit and search for all "Internships" (be sure you are not also looking at Alumni or Funding), and under the "Type" filter select "On Campus Interviews."
  • Review the Student Policies and Professional Standards.
  • Check out the organization's web site, use the Vault Career Intelligence website to do more in-depth research on specific companies and dozens of career fields. If time allows, network with alums.

If you have other questions or want to polish your resume/interview skills, you can come to Peer Advisor Open Hours at the CareerLAB.  For other questions (not resumes/cover letters) you can schedule an appointment with a counselor

Step 2 – See something you like? Apply via Handshake. (Starting in August) Learn how to start drafting your cover letter and resume. You can come to Peer Advisor Open Hours to get one-on-one feedback.

Step 3 – If  you’re selected for an interview (September-November), sign up through Handshake to secure a time that works for your schedule.  To help prepare, do more research on the company and practice. Everyone has pre-interview jitters. Review the job description and know the reasons you are attracted to the position.  Find examples from your personal experiences which related to the skills the organization is looking for.  If you are interviewing for consulting roles, be sure to allow for several weeks for Case Prep work.  

For more help, review our interview preparation tip sheet to get started. Don’t forget to send a thank you note after the interview.

Step 4 – If you receive an offer, congrats! But, make sure you review the Student Policies and Professional Standards so you know how much time you should have to make your decision. Take the time you need to consider it and have any questions answered.

If you receive an offer from an employer that engages in On-Campus Recruitment they have agreed to give you three weeks or until November 1st (whichever is later) to decide. If you need help in any way – from how to negotiate terms, to what contract language may mean, please contact our office (Employer Relations or Career Counselors) to help you navigate the terms.

If you receive an offer you like and decide to accept it, celebrate!

Finally: On-Campus Recruiting is just one of many paths that lead to internship and full-time opportunities. There are many organizations that hire Brown students for internships or full-time work who don't recruit on campus, so don't worry if the organization(s) that interest you are not coming on campus. 

Meet with a career counselor and use BrownConnect to make a plan for targeting employers and launching your job search. Employer Relations is also able to help. Send a message to see if they have contacts for organizations that may not come to campus, but that are interested in Brown students.