Non-profits have slight edge in campus recruiting

When it comes to recruiting Yalies through the Undergraduate Career Services eRecruiting website, non-profit organizations have a murky advantage over investments banks and consulting companies.

UCS charges for-profit companies upwards of $200to post listings on the site, but waives thefees for non-profit organizations who cannot afford it. These fee waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. The policy is Yale’s attempt to help non-profits recruit from its student body without breaking the bank, butnot all non-profits know about theeffort.

UCS posts each listing through Experience.com, an outside vendor used by many colleges and universities across the country.

Phil Jones, the director of UCS, said that Yale waives fees only for non-profits that wantto recruit exclusively at Yale and at no other schools.

“Ifan organization came to us and said, ‘We want to recruit at a number of institutions,’ that is a different story,” he said.

Yet, Jones said that UCS sometimesgives leewayto non-profits who plan to recruit at other colleges and universities. For instance, if a small organizationtold UCS that it wanted to hire seniors at Harvard, Yale and Princeton but could not play the fee to advertise through UCS’s eRecruiting website, Yale would waive the fee, Jones said.

Reasoning Mind, a Houston-based non-profit that develops math curriculafor public schools, is one such organization. Sarah Jankowski, a communications associate withReasoning Mind, said that Yale waived the approximately $200 fee for posting on the UCS website.

Reasoning Mind has worked with UCS in the past. Theorganization had a booth at the Undergraduate Career Fair on Sept. 17and will come to campus again in the spring for the Non-Profit Career Fair.The organization typically spends $200 to $500 each year to recruit Yale students, which includes expenses for the career fairs and salaries for student recruiters.

Last year, the firmhired three Yale students.

But other non-profit organizations are not in the loop. Connie Mills, a spokesperson for Youth Villages — a non-profit that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children — said she did not know that Yale waives the $200 posting fee for non-profit organizations.

When asked whether Youth Villages had paid the $200 posting fee, Mills said that she did not even know that her organization had posted on Yale’s eRecruiting website.

Youth Villages does not typically recruit students from Yale for permanent employment, but Mills said the organization hired a Yale student as an intern two years ago.She added that she will take advantage of the fee waiver in the future.

Natalie Strickler, the recruiting manager for Taproot Foundation, a non-profit that organizes pro-bonoprofessional services, also said she did not know that certain organizations are eligible foran fee exemption. Like Mills, Strickler did not know that her non-profit had a listing on UCS and added that Taproot Foundation might have paid the $200 fee.

“We occasionally post on Yale’s alumni board for higher level positions because it’s free,” said Strickler.

Strickler said that she will take advantage of this exemption for non-profits if there are entry-level jobs available within her organization. Taproot typically does not have entry-level positions, except through the Americorp Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA, program, she added.

UCS also allows alumni who want to hire Yalies to post listingson the Yale College eRecruiting website for free if the alumni speak to UCS.

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