Guidelines for Hiring Newly Graduated Students

 Every year questions arise as to who is eligible to work on campus and who is not. The following are hiring guidelines as they pertain to the newly graduated.

Officially, graduates lose their student status when they receive their diplomas. They are no longer classified as students for payroll purposes.  If there is a graduate you want to hire, a Temporary Hire Authorization Form (also found on the HR website) must be completed and submitted to the HR Department. This includes graduates who have been working with faculty members on grant-funded projects. This must be done well in advance of the day of graduation because the former students cannot work until the position has received the required approvals. Please contact one of the following HR Partners,  Melissa Benoit ext 6935- or Jody Marra ext 6175, for further information.

International graduates pose an additional challenge. Once an international student graduates they have 60 days to leave the country. In most cases, they may not work on campus while waiting to leave the U.S. Students who are continuing on to graduate school could work at Bates in the summer if they have applied for and received a work authorization card (EAD) from the federal government.  The work that the student does MUST be in their major field of study.  There are no exceptions to this rule. If you are considering hiring an international graduate, contact Shelley Palmer Office of Global Education, first so that she can discuss the student’s current status. Please do not make any arrangements with an international student before talking to her.