Accepting the Offer

If you are offered the position, thank the employer for the opportunity.
Ask for additional details you may need in order to make a decision and ask the employer when they would like an answer. Be sure you provide an answer by that time and if you cannot, ask for more time. Employers are understanding of the search process and are often willing to wait for a definite yes or no rather than have you accept and change your mind.

Before accepting the position, make sure it is right for you.
Consider the responsibilities, salary, and benefits. If you choose to accept it, it is appropriate to negotiate terms after receiving the offer. If you choose not to accept the position, be cordial and thank the employer for the opportunity.

Accept a job offer in good faith.
If you accept a position, end your search. It is extremely unprofessional to accept an offer, continue searching and then rescind your acceptance. You are representing yourself as well as Duquesne University, so act accordingly.

If you accept an offer, inform employers who are actively considering you for a job that you are no longer seeking employment.

Offer Policy for Employers

The Center for Career Development has established these guidelines to create a fair and transparent process for full-time jobs and internships.

  • For all offers extended for summer internships or full-time employment, employers should allow students until October 1 or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer, whichever is later, for students to accept or decline any offer.
  • Employers should be flexible in granting offer extensions on a case-by-case basis if the circumstances warrant it. 
  • The written offer should clearly state all appropriate terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, position title/description, location, benefits, start date, salary, bonuses, etc. 
  • All bonuses or other incentives are to remain in full effect for the entire duration of the offer period.

Students are encouraged to contact employers well before the offer deadline if they have any questions or concerns about their offers, including needing more time to make their decisions.

If students have additional questions or concerns about job or internship offers, please make an appointment through Handshake to meet with your career consultant.