All employers must be deemed legitimate organizations with verifiable: business name, physical address,
email address, phone number (website is desirable) and the name of a contact who can be reached at
address listed and by telephone and email. Foreign based businesses may be verified by the U.S. Department
All employers must agree to the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE)
Principles for Professional Practice
that include the following criteria:
- Must have current or anticipated internship or job opening for students or alumni.
- Must have an "employer-employee" relationship in which there are no fees associated with becoming
an intern or employee of the organization, other than professional licensure fees for career employees
that may be necessary to be paid by employee.
- Must subscribe to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws established by the Federal and Colorado
An employer-employee relationship exists when an individual is hired by an organization and placed
on their payroll. These employees are considered W-2 Employees. The employer will deduct taxes, report
tax withholdings to the IRS, and will provide Workers Compensation Insurance as required by state law.
It is usually expected that other benefits such as, but not limited to, paid vacation, health insurance
plans and some type of pre-tax savings plan be offered to the employee [internships excepted]. Some
Third Party agencies do hire employees for short-term employment with the expressed purpose of rolling
them into the hiring employer's payroll. This interim hiring period is not considered a true employer-employee
Occasionally, questions arise about 1099 employees. These employees are paid directly for their
work and are considered "contract employees." Here the employee receives a straight check, but DOES NOT
receive other benefits such as paid-time-off, health insurance, and company savings plans. Retirement and
taxes are NOT withheld. CU-Boulder Career Services allows the posting of 1099 jobs for our
alumni ONLY. Interns or other currently enrolled students MAY NOT be paid in this manner.
Exceptions are granted only for foreign students to help them comply with their Visa requirements.