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Employer services

Welcome to the Grossnickle Career Services Center at Columbia College. We are excited that you have chosen Columbia College to assist in meeting your workforce needs. We look forward to working with you!

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About Columbia College's students and programs

Columbia College has a diverse student population, including traditional and nontraditional students taking day, evening and online classes. In addition to our main campus in Columbia, Mo., we have more than 30 locations nationwide.

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Connect with Columbia College students/alumni on Handshake. Handshake is the online recruiting system for the Grossnickle Career Services Center. Handshake is a web-based career services management system that is available to employers 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge.

Registering for a Handshake account gives your company the following options:

  • Ability to create an employer profile
  • Ability to post job and internship opportunities for Columbia College students/alumni
  • Opportunity to view student/alumni resumes
  • Ability to register for Career Services events, Career Fairs and Information Sessions

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Employers may also email job and internship opportunities to

On-campus recruiting

Increase employer visibility on campus by scheduling an on-campus information session or by hosting an information table in the student commons or dining hall.

These opportunities allow employers to:

  • Promote their organization and company culture
  • Notify Columbia College students of current internship and employment opportunities
  • Establish connections with Columbia College students

On-campus interviewing

Use on-campus recruiting to interview students at Columbia College. A job description for the position(s) is required for on-campus interviews. To schedule a time to interview students on campus, please email Career Services at or call at (573) 875-7425.

On-campus interviewing schedules

Fall: September – November

Spring: January – April

Attend our Career Fair!

The Career Services Center coordinates a Spring Career Fair. Our career fair provides an excellent opportunity for employers to meet with students and alumni from Columbia College. This event is FREE for employers to attend.

Employer/recruiter policies

The following policies apply to all of our on-and off-campus recruiting programs including but not limited to: Employer Coffee Chats, Employer Information Booths, On-Campus Interviews, Scheduled Employer Visits, Career Fairs and any other employer-themed events.

Employer eligibility

The Grossnickle Career Services Center continues to serve organizations employing part-time, full-time and internship positions.

Non-discrimination policy

Columbia College of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer and educator. In order to recruit students, employers must adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) standards. In accordance with federal and state law, Columbia College prohibits unlawful discrimination against a job applicant, employee, or intern because of the person's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran status and/or disability. Columbia College also discourages employers from requiring photo submissions of applicants, as this violates the EEO standards.

Professional conduct

The Grossnickle Career Services Center requires employers and recruiting organizations to adhere and refer to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct.


While Columbia College Career Services will review each company profile and job posting submitted, we make no guarantee that the position(s) will be endorsed, represented or listed on our website, via social media, or be approved on our online job posting database.

Right of Refusal

The Grossnickle Career Services Center reserves the right to refuse service to any organization that has any unresolved investigation, complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau or Missouri Secretary of State, or for any egregious behavior as determined by the Director of Career Services.

Job posting information

Hiring for commission-based positions

The Grossnickle Career Services Center reserves the right to refuse any position sent or posted in our system by an employer/recruiter that is solely commission based. Our mission as a Center is to ensure quality jobs for our students including, but not limited to: salaried positions, hourly positions, internships and jobs with full/partial benefits. Students are at their own liberty if they choose to accept a solely commission-based position. Other stipulations for refusal of a job posting could include:

  • Employee bears financial responsibility for required supplies, equipment or training
  • Compensation is 100 percent commission
  • Company practices door-to-door and/or aggressive sales model
  • Employee promotes ownership opportunities for branch or franchise
  • Company promotes multi-level marketing tactics

Soliciting on-campus

In accordance with Columbia College and the Division of Student Affairs, all sales and solicitation are prohibited on Columbia College property, including all college-owned, rented or otherwise occupied (e.g. military) buildings and grounds. Types of solicitation include, but are not limited to:

  • Buying back textbooks
  • Selling merchandise
  • Soliciting subscriptions or business services

In addition, the Grossnickle Career Services Center reserves the right not promote positions that call for students to act in roles such as:

  • Campus brand ambassadors
  • Campus managers/reps
  • Campus marketing assistants

Approval for these roles will be solely based on the discretion of the Director of Career Services.


Our full range of services are open to employers who recruit candidates for salaried or hourly compensated positions on their own payrolls. Compensation details must clearly state if a position is 100 percent commission; includes a base salary (if partially commission-based); or be clear how the participant will be compensated in the job description or the position will not be posted. We will not post opportunities that are fee based. Internships must be clear if they are paid or unpaid. Every employer with wage-based positions should comply with minimum wage rates set forth by the United States Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Incomplete/false/unfounded employer information

In order to post a position within Grossnickle Career Services, companies must provide specific information about their organization, including ideally a valid website, a non-residential address, a commercial email address and a detailed organization description. Employers and recruiters unable to identify themselves as a legitimate organization/company may be rejected/deleted from the system.

Contact Information

Questions about Employer Services? Contact Grossnickle Career Services Center:

Columbia College
Missouri Hall Room 219
1001 Rogers St.
Columbia, MO 65216

Phone: (573) 875-7425


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