Greetings and thank you for wanting to be part of our community by providing opportunities to our students and alumni!

Pre-Approval Checklist

To be considered for approval to post opportunities to the Emerson community, employers must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Handshake trust score between 70 – 100% (unless verified as legitimate by a staff member of our staff). Learn more about trust scores.
  • Use a corporate email domain. Employers registering with a personal email (ie: will be automatically declined. If you are seeking an exception, please email 
  • Contact person including full name and email address must be attached to each posting. For example, “” will not be approved.
  • Have a fully operational website
  • Current business address and telephone number.
  • Share positions that are relevant to Emerson’s current Fields of Study.
  • Fully answer our five Employer Pre-Approval questions

Please note that we evaluate each job posting based on its applicability to our academic programs. Emphasis is placed on reviewing the specific requirements of the position in relation to our majors rather than the industry. We will consider positions in other fields on a case-by-case basis. 

Automatically declined:

  • Full-time positions that only require a high school diploma
  • Engineering & Mathematics positions
  • Finance & Accounting 
  • Retail, food service, or customer service positions
  • Sales and/or commission only 
  • Canvassing or door-to-door
  • Campus/Brand ambassadors 
  • Teaching positions that require early childhood or special education credentials 
  • Summer Camp positions unless closely related to majors (ex. Videography or theatre)
  • Positions that require concurrent enrollment in a specific graduate program
  • International positions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis 
  • Positions that require students pay to participate in an internship program

Approved Fields of Study:

  • Advertising/PR/Marketing
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Government – Local/State/Federal
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism, Media, Publishing
  • Movies, TV, Music
  • NGO
  • Non-Profit
  • Performing & Fine Arts
  • Politics
  • Sports & Leisure

Additional Questions:

In an effort to increase the value of Handshake for our employer partners and students, we would also like to ask the following questions about your company and your current recruiting efforts:

  1. Do you have a current connection with Emerson College and, if so, how? (i.e. alumnus, parent, hired students in the past, etc.)
  2. How do your positions relate to Emerson’s fields of study?
  3. How can our office best meet your hiring needs?
  4. May we identify you as the point of contact for your company? If not, who is the best contact?
  5. Would you be interested in attending on-campus events such as the Internship Fair or other recruiting-focused programs?

Other Recruiting & Posting Policies 

Private Residences 

Employers seeking approval to post opportunities at private residences will not be approved. Employers must provide a physical business address in their Handshake profile. Please contact our employer engagement team to discuss alternative options. 

Third-Party Recruiters & Staffing Agencies 

“Headhunters” and staffing agencies seeking to post positions on behalf of another company or to build an internal candidate pipeline must contact a member of our employer engagement team to be approved. Once approved, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • You must state clearly in the job posting that you are a third-party recruiter.
  • Students will not be required to pay a third-party recruiting fee for any recruiting services rendered.

If you’re interested in deepening your relationship with Emerson College or have questions about your approval status, we invite you to contact our Employer Engagement Team below:

Linh Nguyen

Assistant Director, Employer Engagement

Sarah Gallo

Employer Engagement Manager