Recruit Graduate Students

The Graduate Business Career Center will connect you with the top talent from the MBA, Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and Master of Arts in Human Resources & Industrial Relations (MA-HRIR) programs for internships and full-time employment.

Employers can connect with students by posting job opportunities online, hosting information sessions and on-campus interviews, and more.


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Recruit Online

Employers can post jobs, collect resumes, schedule on-campus interviews, register for career events and more.

Your online recruiting tool for Carlson School MBA, MSBA, MSF and MA-HRIR students!

The Graduate Business Career Center uses TalentLink for all MBA, MSBA, MSF and MA-HRIR recruitment efforts. TalentLink is a free service that provides company access to both current students and alumni. The website enables you to post jobs, set up on-campus interviews, arrange information sessions, and run resume searches amongst many other features!

Get started


TalentLink Tutorials
Creating an Employer Account
Employer Dashboard
Posting A Job
Creating an Information Session
Creating On-Campus Interviews

If you have any questions or trouble logging in, please contact the BD Associate at 612-625-0583


The Carlson School's Business Career Centers can help you grow your recruiting presence on campus through various recruiting events.

Each year, more than 200 organizations recruit on-campus for internships and full-time opportunities, while another 600 companies use our external job posting system, TalentLink. In addition to 22 interview rooms, the Business Career Center offers validated parking in a ramp connected by skyway to the Carlson School. We also provide a luncheon, where you can network with other recruiters, faculty, and staff.

Request on-campus interviews via TalentLink.

Company information sessions are a great place to present information on your organization and available positions, and to meet potential candidates. Information sessions are held during fall and spring semesters, usually in conjunction with on-campus recruiting. Be sure to schedule an info session 3–5 weeks prior to your on-campus visit. At information sessions, recruiters often invite students to apply for openings on TalentLink, a process that generally occurs 4 weeks before the interview. For more information, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator at 612-626-4393.

Refreshment ordering and delivery to your info session can be coordinated through University Dining Services (UDS) or other outside vendors. You will need to make catering arrangements with them directly. We highly recommend choosing UDS, as we have greater ability to assist with any potential catering issues on the day of your info session if you have selected UDS for your catering needs. Ask that your caterer include plates, napkins, etc. Please arrange for the clean-up option if selecting UDS. You can contact UDS at 612-624-7173.

Office hours are your opportunity to host several informational interviews at one time. Students sign-up to meet with you one-on-one and ask you questions about your company and any opportunities you have open. We'll reserve a room for you and manage the student registration for you through TalentLink.

While we do not host a major career fair, we do host several smaller, more targeted recruiting events throughout the year. These may be set up based on function, industry, or career type. If you are interested in learning more about our recruiting events please feel free to email to request more information.

Work with Student Clubs & Organizations

Engage a student organization to build a presence on campus. Companies can sponsor a club event, speak at a meeting, host a site visit, or plan another activity. Reach out to a club directly or contact the Career Center to find the student organization that is the best match for your recruiting needs.

Socialize, lead, and learn from your fellow students by joining one of 20+ student clubs and organizations that represent an array of professional, social, cultural, and athletic interests. From the Carlson Marketing Network and Consulting Club, to Outdoor Adventures Club and Partners Club, there’s plenty of ways to get involved. 

Carlson 4 Community (C4C)
Carlson 4 Community (C4C) is Carlson School of Management’s leading student organization promoting volunteerism and community involvement within the Twin Cities. Created in 2005, it brings together Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA students with the school’s alumni and faculty to support local causes. C4C’s premier event, and the school’s largest, is the annual Carlson MBA Charity Auction, which benefits a different local charity each year as selected by the student body. Learn more

Carlson Consulting Club (CCC)
The consulting club strives to increase student awareness and understanding of the consulting industry and related employment opportunities.

Carlson Marketing Network (CMN)
Marketing Network is dedicated to developing successful marketing professionals by providing opportunities that connect students to expertise at the Carlson School and in the broader business community.

The mission of Compass is to engage the Carlson LGBTQ+A community to encourage all Carlson students to be their authentic selves both as students and as professionals. Compass does this by providing volunteer, educational, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Elite Eight Brand Management Case Competition (Elite 8)
This competition brings together top brand management students, professionals and academics from across the country for a three-day competition highlighting the challenges facing brand managers in today’s competitive marketplace.

Energy Club
The mission of the Energy Club is to provide a forum for exploring all facets of the energy industry, including the various transitions taking place in both new and legacy sectors, with an emphasis on emerging industry trends and their impacts on regional business and employment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship Club
The Entrepreneurship Club aims to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing programming, professional development, and thought-leadership opportunities through which Carlson MBAs can gain access to entrepreneurial skill-building, resources, and a network. 

Finance and Investment Club
Fosters careers and required skills in the corporate finance and financial services fields. In addition, the Finance & Investments Club will help teach certain core financial skills to non-finance career seekers. Lastly, the mission is to stimulate interesting conversations around financial markets and various investing philosophies while also educating the student body about the basic fundamentals of investing so they may better understand their own future investment portfolios.

Food and Agriculture Club
The mission of the Food and Agriculture Club is to enhance the relationships between Carlson students and companies in the Food and Agriculture sector and serve as a connection point for Carlson students interested in Food and Agriculture to connect with other professional students.

Global Business Student Association (GBSA)
Global Business Student Association is an organization that focuses on providing all graduate MBA students, the resources and knowledge to pursue business opportunities in a global setting. Additionally, it aims to provide a forum to program events that meet the unique needs of international students.

Graduate Volunteer Consultants (GVC)
Graduate Volunteer Consultants (GVC) is an organization comprised of University of Minnesota Carlson School MBA & MA-HRIR students who are dedicated to providing free-of-charge business consulting services to non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities.

Health and Wellness Club
The Health & Wellness Club is an organization that serves as a resource and an advocate for student mental and physical wellbeing. Our mission is to create a more meaningful learning experience by supporting and encouraging healthy behaviors and balance. The club supports students participating in a rigorous academic course load, by emphasizing a healthy lifestyle and mindfulness in their work and relationships. The club finds ways to serve this mission through partnering with local fitness studios, bringing awareness to different mental health tools that are available at the university and connecting students with resources and communities on and off campus.

MBA Association (MBAA)
The MBA Association (MBAA) seeks to improve the Carlson School experience. The association adds value to the education of MBA students through extracurricular community, corporate, organizational, and student activities. In addition to serving as a liaison between MBA students and the administration, it provides a forum for students to voice concerns about the MBA program.

Graduate Women in Business (GWIB)
Graduate Women in Business aims to connect the women of our program via quality programming to enhance their Carlson experience. The formal mission on GWIB is to empower graduate women in business, to propel more women into leadership positions, and to enhance diversity in the workplace.

Medical Industry Leadership Institute Student Association (MILIsa)
MILI Student Association is laying the foundation for a new set of global medical industry leaders by developing and promoting a sustainable network of professionals, providing opportunities and exposure to current topics in the industry, and creating avenues for successful transition into this field.

Military Veterans of the Carlson School of Management
The goal of the Veterans Club is to connect current, former and prospective Carlson School of Management students in order to promote professional advancement, to connect with perspective students, and to overcome common challenges faced by veterans.

Mosaic aims to foster dialogue within the Carlson community around cultural, professional, and academic matters specifically impacting ethnic and racial minorities. Moreover, we seek to translate this dialogue into actionable solutions, thereby empowering future minority business to achieve and perpetuate success within our community.

Net Impact (Graduate Student Chapter)
NET Impact a mission-driven network of over 5,000 leaders that helps members broaden their business education, refine their leadership skills, and pursue meaningful professional goals.

Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC)
The goal of OAC is to bring students together outside the classroom and introduce them to the great outdoors. OAC organizes camping trips, canoe trips, skiing, snowshoeing, and many other outdoor adventures.

Sports Business Club
Sports Business Club (SBC) is an organization focused on networking with the various professional and collegiate sports teams in the Twin Cities as well organizing social events revolving around sporting activities.

Technology and Analytics in Business Club (TAB)
TAB aims to act as an interface between Carlson student community and the Technology/ Analytics industry. Through events, competitions and workshops the club aims to provide mentorship and guidance for MBA students, enabling them to navigate the complex world of data science and technology and to facilitate knowledge exchange between MBA and MSBA students.

Hire International Graduate Students

The Carlson School prides itself in educating diverse populations of students from throughout the globe. Our graduate programs have between 15% and 95% international students, depending on the program. Your organization will have access to a much deeper candidate pool by opening your recruitment process to international students. The information on this page and the guides listed on the right-hand side provide insight into the hiring process and answer some of our most frequently asked questions. 

We strongly encourages our recruiting partners to consider hiring international candidates. These applicants have well-rounded global perspectives and experiences that can deliver new ideas for solving your firm’s complex business challenges. Most organizations, even if operations are exclusively located state-side, will be impacted by globalization and international influence. Having diverse talent that understands the intricacies of the global landscape will help your organization grow and thrive in this ever-changing climate.

Diversity of candidates and ideas

  • Bilingual (or more) language skills
  • Remarkable adaptability and perseverance
  • Knowledge of business practices and norms in different countries
  • Experience navigating international/multi-national firms

Most Carlson School international students have an F-1 visa and qualify for summer employment through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) after their first year of graduate studies. Work authorization is issued by the University of Minnesota. A job offer is required for CPT, and the CPT is issued for a specific employer.

Student Role Complete CPT online workshop and paperwork and submit to University's ISSS office. Student will take internship for credit.
Employer Role None. All paperwork is completed and filed by University and student.
Employer Cost None.
Timeline ISSS will issue CPT within 7 business days of receiving paperwork.

Graduate students in the MBA and MA-Human Resources/Industrial receive 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) during which they can work without employer-backed visa sponsorship. STEM-designated programs (MS-Business Analytics, MS-Finance, MS-Supply Chain) receive an additional 24 months, totaling 36 months. At the end of the OPT period, the employee will need visa sponsorship to continue being eligible for U.S. employment. Most companies sponsor the employee on an H-1B visa. 

Student Role Complete online application with University's ISSS. ISSS processes, approves, and sends back to student. Student mails completed documentation and fee to U.S. Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS) to secure OPT work authorization. USCIS issues Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.
Employer Role None. No action is required by the employer. Applying for OPT is student's responsibility, and they may apply for OPT with or without a job offer. 
Cost to Employer None. There is no cost to the employer during the OPT period. Typical cost for H-1B visa sponsorship post-OPT is $2,000-7,000.
Timeline ISSS processes OPT paperwork within 7 business days. USCIS processes and issues an EAD in 2-4 months. The 12 months (36 for STEM programs) of OPT begins after EAD is issued.

Our MBA and MA-Human Resources/Industrial Relations programs have 12-month OPT periods. The MS-Business Analytics, MS-Finance, and MS-Supply Chain programs are STEM-designated, which extends the OPT period post-graduation from 12 months to 36 months. This provides more opportunities to attain an H-1B Visa.

The H-1B Visa

The most common visa sponsorship route employers pursue for our graduates is the H-1B visa. The U.S. government allots 85,000 H-1B visas every year, and 20,000 of those are held just for graduates of U.S. Masters degrees and above. Employers file for an H-1B visa on behalf of the employee, and this may be done before graduation or during the OPT period.

The application for H-1B visa sponsorship opens every year on April 1 and we strongly encourage applying on April 1 if possible. The timelines below show the process of applying for an H-1B, the OPT period, and when H-1B visa coverage begins. 

Sample Timelines

H-1B Application Timeline


Apply for H-1B April 1, 2016
Graduation May 2016
OPT Starts (12 months) June 2016
Apply for H-1B April 1, 2017
OPT Ends* June 2017
H-1B Visa Begins October 1, 2017

*The H-1B Cap-Gap extension allows those with pending or approved H-1B petitions to remain in the U.S. until the start of the H-1B on October 1, even if the OPT would have otherwise expired before then.

H-1B Application Timeline

(STEM Programs)

Apply for H-1B April 1, 2016
Graduation May 2016
OPT Starts (36 months) June 2016
Apply for H-1B** April 1, 2017
Apply for H-1B** April 1, 2018
Apply for H-1B** April 1, 2019
OPT Ends* June 2019
H-1B Visa Begins October 1, 2019

*The H-1B Cap-Gap extension allows those with pending or approved H-1B petitions to remain in the U.S. until the start of the H-1B on October 1, even if the OPT would have otherwise expired before then.

**STEM program graduates have four opportunities over the 36-month OPT period to apply for H-1B visa. Eligible Programs: MS-Business Analytics, MS-Finance, MS-Supply Chain.

Please contact our office with any questions. We would be happy to discuss your organization's unique recruiting needs.  

Recruiting Policies

Because of the significance of the offer decision for both the employer and the student, the Graduate Business Career Center requires companies to follow recruiting policies.