The Department of Computer Science and the University have several methods to aid employers who wish to recruit our students:
We sponsor an active internship program; see the
link on the left for more information.
We offer a
Research and Development Internship (RDI). Described briefly,
the RDI program augments NIU's existing internship program by
allowing our students (both undergraduate and graduate) to work
during the school year in addition to summer internships, thereby
providing continuity in employer/student relationships. Faculty
recommendations identify the “best of our best”
students for such internships.
An informal recruiting method is to send
Undergraduate Advisor, an email specifying the job description,
any visa restrictions, job location, and contact information.
We will print out the email and post it on a flip board just
outside our departmental office. Computer science students
know to check the flip board daily if they're looking for a job.
Another informal way to connect with students is to serve
as a guest speaker for our student chapter of the ACM. Employers
should not treat an ACM presentation as a direct forum for
recruiting — the presentations are instead intended to
increase students' knowledge about a topic or about the workplace
in general, not to be a recruiting presentation for a specific
company. Nonetheless, an informational presentation provides
recruiters with the chance to meet students in an informal way,
which might well lead to making a job offer later. Contact ACM
Advisor Geoffrey Decker
firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the prospective speaker list.
A more formal recruiting method involves working with our campus
office, 815-753-1641. The office provides several services:
A Job Fair and an Internship Fair every February and October.
Recruiters can set up at the fairs and talk to students in person.
We recommend attending the fall fair even if looking for a May
hire; some of our best students are snapped up early.
Online job and internship postings at the Career Services
recruiting site, Victor ERecruiting.
Advice for setting up a Meet the Firm gathering in
conjunction with the job fairs/on-campus interviewing, and
information about running job ads in the Northern Star. In general,
Career Services is your "go to" department for anything
and everything you need to recruit NIU students formally.
Thank you for considering our students. We think you'll be pleased
with the skills and work ethic of our majors.