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Procedure for Referring Students and Employers

Counseling & Career Services (RCF-302) provides comprehensive resources to help students with their career development and supports students to prepare for and secure internship and employment opportunities. At Howard Community College (HCC), we are committed to fulfilling our mission to provide students with pathways to success and help best serve our students in order to “Get There From Here.” Counseling & Career Services wants to partner effectively with HCC faculty, students, and employers for the greater good of student success. We appreciate faculty member’s desire to help connect students to employment and internship opportunities, however, it is necessary to ensure that Counseling & Career Services is involved in this process. Doing so will ensure that HCC students have a fair and equitable means for applying for internship and employment opportunities.

Ethical and Legal Concerns

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides a set of ethical standards for guiding the job/internship search process, which Counseling & Career Services staff follow. Titled Principles for Professional Practice, these standards are based on notions of fairness, equal opportunity, truthfulness, non-injury, confidentiality, and lawfulness. These six principles serve as the foundation to achieve the best match between the individual student and employer:

  1. All students should have equal access to the opportunity.
  2. Both colleges and employers should support informed and responsible decision-making by students.
  3. All aspects of the recruiting process should be fair and equitable to students and employing organizations.
  4. Career services professionals and faculty involved in recruiting should provide generally comparable services to all employers.
  5. As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), any disclosure of student information outside of the educational institution will be with prior consent of the student unless health and/or safety considerations necessitate the dissemination of such information. Both career services professionals and faculty will exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source, including written records, reports, and computer data bases.

Any recruitment activities through student associations or academic departments should be conducted in accordance with the policies of the career services office and accepted ethical, equal employment and legal practices.

Role of Faculty: Job/Internship Opportunities, Student Referrals, and Data Collection

If you receive an employment or internship request from an employer, the initial request from the employer should be sent to Counseling & Career Services. Our staff will connect with the employer to ensure that the position will be posted openly for all qualified candidates on Handshake, our online job/internship database.

  • Forward employment opportunities to Dave Tirpak, Associate Director, Career Services (
  • Forward internship opportunities to Amy Crawford, Internship and Co-Op Manager (

Faculty are encouraged to refer students to Counseling & Career Services for career-related appointments. Our staff works with students on an individual, appointment basis. Students can be seen for up to 12 sessions at Counseling & Career Services for career counseling appointments, job search assistance appointments, and resume reviews each academic year. Students can call 443-518-1340, or stop by RCF-302 to schedule an appointment.

In addition, our center regularly collects internship and employment data. If you are aware of any current students that are participating in internships, please contact Amy Crawford, Internship and Co-Op Manager (, so that our staff can effectively develop and maintain positive relationships with local organizations for prospective HCC student interns.

Counseling & Career Services Resources

Each year, Counseling & Career Services staff is involved in student appointments, employer contacts, and the administration of career events and workshops. Below are examples of career-activities that are offered each year.

  • Several local career professionals participate in Career Information Series programs, which give students the opportunity to learn about industry-specific careers from a panel of professionals
  • Approximately 160 local employers participate in our two Job Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Approximately 80 local employers participate in our two Internship Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • More than 50 On-Campus Recruiting events for employers to staff a table to promote their openings in high traffic areas

Together, Counseling & Career Services and faculty can help connect students to career development resources, events, as well as internship and employment opportunities. All career events are advertised via flyers, Handshake, the campus monitors, and on our web page’s calendar of events.

Thank you for your support.

Additional Resources

Principles for Professional Practice Committee (2016). A faculty guide to ethical and legal standards in student hiring: National Association of Colleges and Employers. Retrieved from:

Principles for Professional Practice Committee (2017). Principles for professional practice. National Association of Colleges and Employers. Retrieved from:

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