Career Services

Career Services for Employers


Create an Employer account on CSU CareerConnection.

Employers can post full-time and part-time jobs, co-ops and internship opportunities through CSU’s user-friendly online system, CareerConnection. Career Services will be happy to assist you with creating and posting a job description that will maximize student interest.

Employer Information

Cleveland State University (CSU) embraces the philosophy of Engaged Learning. It's more than a marketing promise. It's the mantra that gives purpose to Cleveland State's mission of providing a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and conducting research, scholarship and creative activity across these branches of knowledge. We pride ourselves on the many ways that we engage our students — inside the classroom, throughout the community and around the globe. Cleveland State University strongly encourages students to pursue experiential learning opportunities.  

What is an internship?

The University defines an internship as a meaningful learning experience that provides students or recent graduates an opportunity to gain important knowledge and skills in a particular career field.  Direct supervision from a seasoned professional is a necessary component of an internship.  An internship is not the same thing as a job.  The University expects that sponsors of internship experiences will provide career related experiences that are sufficiently challenging to college-level students.  No more than 20% of the internship should be clerical.

All internships must:

  • Be related to the student's major or career goals and provide meaningful work experience. Jobs based solely on commission, telemarketing, or childcare positions will not be approved.
  • Offer training and supervision regardless of work-site location; Provide exposure to key business practices common to that industry.
  • Be at a company or agency that is registered with the appropriate Department of Labor. The site must also have a published/working telephone number and if requested, promotional literature.
  • Be supervised, so that students may receive feedback and mentoring.
  • Be arranged around the student's academic schedule, so as not to interfere with the student's classes or other academic requirements (please note: Career Services recommends no more than 20 hours/week during Fall and Spring semesters and full-time during the summer or holidays).
Employer responsibilities for internships:
  • Create an internship job description to post on CareerConnection that accurately describes the intern’s responsibilities, skills and experience required.
  • Provide a safe and functional work environment, and appropriate work assignments.
  • Supervise and provide meaningful and constructive feedback.
  •  Communicate any concerns or issues about the progress of the experience with the Career Services Office at 216- 687-2233.

As taking an unpaid opportunity may constitute an economic hardship for students, the University strongly encourages employers to pay students.  This also serves to attract qualified candidates and to recognize their contribution to the workplace. Non-profits that cannot offer an hourly wage are encouraged to consider alternatives such as stipends or travel costs. Payment negotiations take place between the employer and the student; CSU does not take part in compensation negotiations.

If offering an unpaid internship, it must meet the 6 criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor, Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. (see below)

  • The training, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school.
  • The training is primarily for the benefit of the student.
  • The student does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
  • The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student.  
  • Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded by the training.
  • The student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
  • The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent training.
Volunteering (Community Service)

Volunteer work is unpaid work a person performs for the good of the community. Volunteering allows members of society the opportunity to become civically engaged and solve public problems. Unlike service-learning where there is a deliberate connection of community service to academic learning goals, volunteerism is not inherently a form of experiential education and is not tied to the curriculum. Volunteer opportunities should be shared with the Office of Civic Engagement. Please contact Julian Rogers, Director of the Community Partnerships at 216-687-9229 or

International Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization that allows F-1 international students to accept training-related employment in their academic major after one (1) year of full-time study. Students that meet the CPT eligibility requirements are able to work part-time, and in some cases full-time, during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. CPT must be directly-related to the student’s academic major

CPT is solely the responsibility of the F-1 student and, other than providing an offer letter, requires no action on the part of the hiring organization

An offer letter must include: the dates of employment, the employer’s name and physical address, job responsibilities, and compensation

No cost to the employer

Processing and approval time for CPT is generally 5 business days

For more information see The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices


Right to Refuse Service

All job listings are posted at the discretion of CSU Career Services.  The Center is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, respect, and fair treatment for all regardless of race, color, sex/gender, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or status as a military veteran. Accordingly, we reserve the right to refuse any prospective employer whose postings, policies, or procedures appear to violate this commitment.

Additional factors that may lead to exclusion from recruitment activities at CSU include: fraud; misrepresentation; breach of confidentiality; complaints by or harassment of CSU students, alumni, or staff; any violation of federal, state, or local laws; and/or requiring personal information (e.g., bank and/or social security numbers) when not part of the hiring process.

All jobs posted must pay at least the current minimum hourly wage in the state in which the work is to be performed. We do not post jobs that require an initial monetary investment from the student, or jobs posted by a third party, unless a third party contract is signed and on file with Career Services.