How to Land a Job Before You Graduate: On-Campus Recruiting

by Yasmin Lalani | In Academic Advising, Career Development | 8 March 2016 | Updated on: March 8th, 2016

On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)

While you can always independently apply for jobs, many university career centers offer help through their On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) services. OCR serves as a recruiting method for employers looking to hire directly from select universities for entry-level positions and internships. This is a convenient university service that connects you with top employers to help you line up a job well before graduation.

How OCR works

OCR offers different formats for introducing you to hiring organizations. For example, your university may host career fairs, networking events, and information sessions for employers and students. If you’re curious about potential employers, this is an ideal way to get to know them before sending in an application.

MPOWER Pro-tip 1

1. Obtain a list of the employers attending networking events or career fairs from your career center. That way, you strategically plan out who you would like to speak to and do some research on them before attending the event.

OCR interviews

Employers may also host first-round interviews on campus. In this instance, employers coordinate with your university’s career center to collect resumes and schedule interviews. Check with your career center to see what opportunities are available and the best time to apply. Typically, recruitment for full-time positions starts in the fall, and recruitment for internships can be spread throughout the year.

MPOWER Pro-tips 2 and 3

2. Check with your career center about employers’ hiring timelines through OCR. That way you can make sure that your application materials are top-notch and are sent in by the deadline. OCR is a great way to get your foot in the door at some very competitive organizations, and you don’t want to miss out on potential opportunities.

3. Prepare for your interviews by conducting mock interviews with your career center staff. If you have a loan with MPOWER, our team is also available if you need an extra set of eyes on your application or want to practice your interviewing skills. Take advantage of this service by sending us a chat message or emailing us at

OCR creates a wide range of connections and opportunities. Take advantage of them and position yourself for success.

Author: View all post by Yasmin Lalani


  1. Colin Gaul says:

    My name is Colin Gaul and I am currently a junior at Muhlenberg College. I am a double major in economics and finance with very strong interests in the investment field. I was wondering if your company has a summer internship program and is currently accepting applications. MPower has always been a company I have wanted to work for and with my strong financial intelligence and great work ethic I believe I can further help MPower succeed in the financial world. I have heard a lot about the company, and it is a company I would love to work for. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,

    Colin Gaul

    • Mike Davis says:

      Hi Colin,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and for your enthusiasm to work alongside the MPOWER team. To answer your question, we are actively seeking interns for this summer 2016. You may submit your resume and small description of interest to

      Thank you and we hope you continue to enjoy our blog!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

DISCLAIMER – Subject to credit approval, loans are made by Bank of Lake Mills or MPOWER Financing, PBC. Bank of Lake Mills does not have an ownership interest in MPOWER Financing. Neither MPOWER Financing nor Bank of Lake Mills is affiliated with the school you attended or are attending. Bank of Lake Mills is Member FDIC. None of the information contained in this website constitutes a recommendation, solicitation or offer by MPOWER Financing or its affiliates to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments or other assets or provide any investment advice or service.

2022 © MPOWER Financing, Public Benefit Corporation NMLS ID #1233542. 1101 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036