When and how do I post a job description?
CLIMB collects job descriptions from November-February, so that the students may apply. Go to climbtherockies.org/employers.php, create a password-protected account, and complete the CLIMB Job Description Form. We have found that using a standard form across all employers allows students to be more effective in their job search.
If I post a job description, do I have to hire an intern?
No. Posting the job description allows you to receive applications from students of the participating schools. If you do not find one that meets your criteria and satisfies you, you are under no obligation to hire one.
When and how do students apply?
The website “opens” for student applications in January, and they can apply to any positions listed. They use our site for the application process, and their application is emailed directly to the employer for evaluation. It is the employer, not CLIMB, who makes the hiring decision. When you log in to your password-protected account at http://climbtherockies.org, you will be able to view a summary of the applicants, review their applications online, and change their status (i.e., In Review, Offer Extended, Declined). When the student logs in to his or her password-protected account, he or she will also be able to see the status that you set.
Can I advertise this internship position elsewhere, or does it have to be exclusive to CLIMB?
You may advertise the internship position through any and all sources available to you – it does not have to be unique for the CLIMB program. The schools often encourage students to apply for these internships because the schools believe them to be good summer jobs with various unusual benefits.
How do I evaluate and interview students?
You should review applications as they come in throughout January and February rather than holding them all until late in the application process. Most students apply to several jobs, and many of the best applicants are chosen early. Also, in our experience, many applications are submitted in the final two weeks. We encourage you to interview all applicants, as any positive personal contact they have with a Denver employer will contribute to their perception of Denver as a place of potential employment opportunities. You may change the status of each student’s application by logging in to the CLIMB website.
How do I extend an offer to a student?
To extend an offer to a student, log in to the CLIMB website and issue a Commitment Letter for that student. When you submit the information through the website, it will be emailed to the Program Coordinator, who will then forward it to the student. The student is expected to reply within 48 hours, and their position in the CLIMB program is not reserved until they complete and submit their portion of the Commitment Letter. Of course, it is ideal to call the student and discuss your offer, but both parties must also complete this Commitment Letter process.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is only a cost for employers who hire a student that participates in the CLIMB program. Employers who post a job description but do not hire a student are not charged. Employers pay students at least $400 per week, paid bi-weekly. For-profit employers pay an additional $2,000 and non-profit employers pay an additional $1,000 to cover the cost of housing at the Campus Village and civic, social, and educational components as well as program administration. The $6,000 total for for-profit employers translates to approximately $15 per hour; the $5,000 sum for non-profit employers translates to approximately $13 per hour. Additional contributions from employers help run and build the program. Special arrangements can be made for employers who wish to pay students more.
What is the program schedule and the student work schedule?
The program runs 10 weeks, but is typically one or two weeks shorter for Stanford and Northwestern students, who are on a quarter system. All students will work regular work weeks (or what is stated in the job description) and participate in additional CLIMB program activities each week. Typically, required civic and educational dinners and events are held for students on Wednesday evenings. Often, voluntary student events, such as hikes, are scheduled on weekends.