Employee Referral Program

At Princeton University, we have found that employee referrals are an effective way for recruiting top-notch employees. 

If you refer a person who then is hired and remains in the job for at least six months, you may receive a reward up to $1,000, less applicable taxes. To receive this reward, you must be employed by Princeton University when the reward payment is made.

Who Can Make a Referral?

You are eligible to make an employee referral if you are not involved in the hiring process for the referred candidate. Office of Human Resources staff members are not eligible.

What types of jobs are eligible for this reward program and what is the reward?

The following positions may be eligible for employee referral rewards:
  • all biweekly B positions in academic, data management, or departmental office support – $250
  • all biweekly janitorial and dining services positions – $250
  • all administrative positions (ADM) in grades 1 and 2 – $250
  • all informational technology professional positions (AIT) in grades 1 and 2 – $500
  • all informational technology professional positions (AIT) in grades 3 through 5 – $1,000
You can review current openings at Jobs at Princeton. 

Who can be referred?

Candidates are eligible for employee referral provided they: 
  • are not currently employed by Princeton University in any capacity, including temporary, casual hourly or student workers;
  • have not been referred previously by someone else; or
  • have not previously applied for a position at Princeton
Candidates must demonstrate that they have: 
  • the required qualifications,
  • a good employment record; and,
  • in the case of office and administrative support staff, proficiency in using Microsoft Office. 
The director of staffing will make the final determination regarding eligibility after the candidate applies and the application or resume has been received.

How do I refer someone?

The process of referring a candidate is simple. Just complete the Employee Referral Form and send it to the Office of Human Resources at 2 New South. If you refer more than one candidate, you need to complete a separate form for each person. You may refer someone only one time.
The applicant may also indicate that you referred them on their online application. When asked “How did you hear about this position?” on the application, the individual should select the Employee Referral button and enter your name in the blank field below.

When am I eligible to receive the referral reward?

The referral reward will be made as a taxable, additional payment and will be included in your regular paycheck.
You are eligible to receive the reward: 
  • if you submitted your referral form prior to the time the candidate is offered an interview or the candidate indicated your referral on the online application;
  • when the person you referred is hired into a position included in this program; and
  • after the person you referred is employed for six months.
You must be employed by the University when the payment is made, normally soon after the person you referred has been in the job six months.

What if I know someone to refer but the position is not eligible for a referral reward?

Even though all positions at Princeton University are not included in the employee referral program, we encourage you to refer them because we believe that employee referrals are one of the most successful ways to attract talented people.
Please review the following policies regarding employment of family members or individuals with whom you have a personal relationship:

Other Things You Should Know 

The Office of Human Resources reserves the right to make the final determination about candidate eligibility, including whether they are qualified for positions designated within the program. In the event an applicant is referred by more than one employee, or by an employee and an employment agency, the deciding factor will be the date of receipt of the referral to Human Resources.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Staffing Team at (609) 258-3304 or
You can count on support from knowledgeable and responsive HR staff when you have a question or problem. Just call or send us an e-mail. We’re here to help!
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.
If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call or visit the Office of Human Resources.