SLP identification should generally occur during the spring semester of a student’s junior year, from February 15 to April 15. Students should be granted ample time to respond to invitations within this timeframe.
As it is impossible to avoid conflicts across all SLPs, it is important for students to be able to manage invitations in an organized fashion. The defined timeframe for recruiting SLP candidates is necessary so students know when to expect invitations and plan their summer commitments accordingly. We recommend SLP identification in the spring, because first semester juniors have not completed the first round of upper-level accounting classes, including Intermediate Accounting I and Professional Development in Accountancy, which introduces them to the recruiting process. These students need more time to establish themselves as accounting majors and prepare for spring recruiting.
Post all SLP applications on Handshake, regardless of whether a campus interview is involved.
Students tend to consult Handshake for any professional opportunities, and posting your events will ensure maximum visibility (even if the posting re-directs to an application on your website). While interviews (on campus or otherwise) are not mandated for SLPs, it is a helpful relationship-building touch point that could enhance the prospect of an offer acceptance.
Where possible, recruiters within a given market should coordinate SLP dates with one another to avoid conflicts.
Recruiters for peer firms who host SLPs should make an effort to coordinate dates in their market. This coordination will ensure the candidate pool has an opportunity to attend as many SLPs as possible. We advise students to follow through with their SLP commitments throughout the summer even though they may have offers in-hand. Therefore, we hope there will be minimal instances of students canceling their attendance at an SLP that takes place after receiving other offers.
Provide SLP dates to the Auburn School of Accountancy so we can keep a master calendar of all programs.
To assist students in planning their summer commitments, Auburn publicizes a listing of all SLPs, along with relevant application deadlines. If Auburn is not aware of a program, the students will generally be uninformed as well.
Employers who make offers following an SLP should avoid pressuring students to renege on other SLP invitations.
A tenet of the Honor Code is to allow students reasonable time to make a decision. We ask all employers to reinforce this messaging and encourage students to experience all summer opportunities to gain confidence in their decision.
Encourage students to apply to SLPs even if they have a conflict.
Spring semester offers a unique opportunity for employers to see the entire candidate pool before summer begins. Thus, we encourage all employers to recruit/interview students who have a known summer conflict. The spring semester events may be the last time employers see a student before they accept an offer during the summer.
Understand that students enrolled in summer school at AU may not be able to attend all conferences.
Due to the nature of summer courses at Auburn, some students enrolled in summer classes will only be available for a limited number of SLPs. Summer classes are offered on a five-week format and meet daily for 90 minutes; thus, a student missing five days of summer classes is missing equivalent to 20% of the summer course. Poor summer grades may have downstream consequences for internship and graduate school applications. We ask that all employers be supportive of the balance a student must find between academic and professional obligations.
PLEASE REMEMBER that if you are unable to host spring recruiting events because of busy season, you can always recruit students during the fall. Therefore, you may spend the summer months hosting office interviews and recruiting events to make internship offers when ready.