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The following guidelines have been created to balance the needs of both students and employers.  These guidelines apply to all employers, on or off campus, interviewing Yale University students.

Yale’s Office of Career Strategy recommends that employers provide Yale students four (4) weeks to decide on an internship or full-time offer. It is recommended that employers extending full time offers as a result of a previous summer internship provide students until November 1 or four (4) weeks to decide, whichever is later. 

Employers are encouraged to consider reasonable requests for additional time on a case by case basis.

Public Service/Public Interest Exception: Candidates may request that an employer extend the deadline to accept the employer's offer until as late as April 1 if the candidate is actively pursuing positions with public interest, government organizations or a national fellowship award. Candidates may hold open only one offer in such circumstances. Employers are encouraged to grant such requests.

There may be circumstances where a student still needs more time, and in that case the student is strongly encouraged to come to OCS for advice on how to negotiate more time. Students do have power in this process and we are here to help them navigate this.

Organizations are invited to visit the Employer section of our website for additional helpful recruiting information.