Employer Recruiting

The Robert Day Scholars Program's dedicated career specialist Michelle Chamberlain makes recruiting a Robert Day Scholar a simple process. Additionally, because of the selectivity and intimacy of the Robert Day Scholars Program, Michelle knows the goals and skills of each Robert Day Scholar. As a result, the External Relations staff can better assist in finding the right match between employers and students.

Why Recruit at the Robert Day School?

Helpful Recruiting Assistance

Whether you want to give a presentation to students, search resumes, post an open position or just learn more about RDS, the External Relations team can assist you. Due to the small size of our program, Michelle knows the personalities, skills, and interests of each student and is able to assist employers in finding the best candidates for their particular organization. At RDS, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recruiting, as the External Relations team will individually work with your organization to design a customized recruiting strategy tailored to your placement needs. In particular, employers appreciate the following strengths of the Robert Day Scholars:

High-Caliber, Well-Rounded Students

Our admissions process is highly selective, and our undergraduate Robert Day Scholars are an extraordinary group of high achievers. Additionally, because all the Claremont Colleges offer a liberal arts education, which provides exposure to different academic disciplines, students are taught to think critically, solve problems, and communicate intelligently and persuasively.

The undergraduate Robert Day Scholars have an excellent history of success in their academic coursework along with with proven leadership experiences.

Natural Leaders

For the Robert Day Scholars, proven leadership is a vital part of the admission criteria. Building on Claremont McKenna College's historical focus on leadership, the Robert Day Scholars already possess a strong leadership proclivity and the Program is geared toward imbuing them with a much more complex and sophisticated understanding of finance and economics.

Applied Professional Skills

Consistent with CMC's focus on practical application, nearly all Robert Day Scholars participate in an internship and many Scholars also work doing research sponsored by faculty. Our undergraduate Robert Day Scholars have additional opportunities to apply their skills through co-curricular activities in finance and accounting, oral communication skills and business writing.

Proven Record of Successful Placements

Leading organizations from around the world representing industries such as, finance, technology, healthcare, consumer products, non-profit and government regularly recruit from RDS. We encourage you to review our comprehensive Scholar's placement list.

Recruiting Logistics

The RDS External Relations team is available to personally assist all employers in connecting with Robert Day Scholars. Employers are welcome to select their preferred method of student contact from the list below and are encouraged to contact Michelle to customize an outreach plan.

Posting an Employment Opportunity

If you have an opportunity that you would like to publicize with the students of The Robert Day School, please contact Michelle. She will work with you to produce a customized pool of qualified of applicants. Please keep in mind that we will need the following information for any employment posting: (i) the position title and job description; (ii) the position and posting start and end dates; (iii) a list of necessary application documents; and (iv) a preferred method of resume and cover letter delivery.

Interviewing On-Campus

On-campus interviews give recruiters the chance to interview Claremont College students at CMC. You have the option of pre-screening and selecting the students to interview or having an open schedule where students can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. With the use of Claremont Connect, our electronic job database, the External Relations team is able to make your position search hassle-free with on-line resume review and interview scheduling. Once you arrive on-campus, a representative will escort you to your individual interview room and assist you with any other needs that you may have during your visit.

Resume Collect

If you are unable to interview students at CMC, you can choose the "Resume Collect" option in Claremont Connect. This option will allow the position to be advertised to all students, although only students who satisfy employer provided criteria will be allowed to submit their application materials on-line. You can then access and review submitted resumes and schedule interviews at your organization.

Information Sessions

Hosting an information session and/or reception on-campus can be a highly effective element in your overall recruiting strategy. Through this venue, you can promote your company's opportunities, provide general information in advance of individual interviews, and meet and evaluate students in an informal setting prior to one-on-one interviews. The External Relations team can arrange campus meeting facilities and provide audio-visual equipment. In addition, CMC catering services are available upon request (charges apply).

Interviewing Off-Campus

Off-campus interviews give students the ability to observe the relevant working environment. After you have pre-screened resumes/candidates, the External Relations team can assist you in coordinating in-person interviews at your organization.

Instructions for Claremont Connect

All three options, on-campus interviews, resume collects, and information sessions, can be requested through Claremont Connect by following the instructions below:

  1. Log on to Claremont Connect (https://claremontmckenna-csm.symplicity.com/employers).
  2. Log in with your user name and password. NOTE: If you have an existing account with any NACElink participating school, http://www.nacelink.com/nl_schools.php, you may use the same user name and password you use at that school(s) to access our new CMC site. If you do not have a NACElink account, click on Register for New Account.
  3. Please review and update your information and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.
  4. Submit requests for any event by clicking on Quick Links.

If you have any questions regarding Claremont Connect, please contact Charlene Kile at ckile@cmc.edu.

Recruiting Policies

  • To avoid any misunderstandings when making an employment offer, it is preferable to notify a student in writing of the major components of the job offer including salary, location, benefits, vacation, and starting date.
  • Recruiters should not pursue students who have already accepted job offers from another organization. This behavior can damage our relationships with students and other recruiters.
  • Exploding offers and bonuses put enormous pressure on our students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process. Most students are not ready to make a final decision before completing additional interviews. Additionally, pressure to immediately accept an offer makes it difficult for us to enforce our policy against students rescinding their acceptance of an offer.
  • Employers are expected to be familiar with and to honor the Principle of Recruiting and Employment published by the National Association of College and Employers. Consistent with these guidelines, we ask that students be given at least two weeks to make an informed and responsible decision. Providing students with insufficient time to decide on an offer can be detrimental to both parties.
  • If you would like to make full-time offers at the end of the summer to interns returning for senior year, we request that you allow the student ample time to accept/decline the offer. This will ensure that the student has the time necessary to make an informed and thoughtful decision.
  • Students should not be asked to cancel a first round interview to attend a second round interview. Employers should make every effort to accommodate candidates' class and interview schedules.
  • Anti-Discrimination - In accordance with Claremont McKenna College policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, veteran status, or handicap, in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs or activities. Therefore, we will only make our facilities available to recruiting organizations whose practices are consistent with this policy.

Recruiting Timeline

September - December 2014

In general, most company presentations and interviews for permanent positions are carried out during this period. Most offers for permanent positions are made prior to Thanksgiving and resolved prior to Winter Recess. Please see the list of important dates below.

  • September 2 - CMC undergraduate classes commence
  • Industry Nights for Recruiters (all from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.):
    • September 10 - Finance and Accounting Night
    • September 18 - Consulting Night
  • October 20-21 - Fall Recess
  • November 27-28 - Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 15-19 - Final Exam Week
  • December 24 - Winter Recess begins

January - May 2015

Most company presentations and interviews for summer internships are held during this period. Most offers of internship positions are made by Spring Recess and are resolved by late March. Please see the list of important dates below.

  • January 20 - Spring semester classes commence
  • March 16-20 - Spring Recess
  • May 11-15 - Final exam week
  • May 16 - Commencement

May - August 2015

Robert Day Scholars graduate from their home institutions and begin their fulltime positions, while newly selected Robert Day Scholars begin their summer internships.