Top graduate recruiters in the USA

By Paige Lyman• Last updated: Nov 8, 2023
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When it comes to post-graduation life, one thing you’re undeniably going to be thinking about is finding a job that will hopefully align with your chosen field of study. According to Education Data, in 2019 alone, there were a total of 1,095,299 international students studying in US colleges. Many of these students will go on to graduate from those colleges and start working in the USA as well.

With that in mind, it can certainly go a long way for international students to know a bit more about some of the top graduate recruiters in the USA. 

Whether you are considering studying in the US or getting close to graduation yourself, having a better understanding of graduate recruiters and the companies that provide great graduate jobs can be a good starting point towards post-college life. Graduates across a range of academic disciplines are of interest to graduate recruiters, making the opportunity for training and the chance to learn further extremely interesting.

Here we have pulled together a list of some of the top graduate recruiters in the USA with information that is pertinent to the company.


LinkedIn, most well-known for its use as a professional networking site, has become a highly ranked company to work at post-graduation. 

Started in 2003, the site has become an intrinsic part of the professional landscape where users can keep an up to date CV available to their connections and recruiters at any given time. LinkedIn puts an emphasis on offering employees a “rich learning” environment as well by putting a value on helping them grow as professionals.

In terms of the company's efforts towards new graduates, there are several things to know! There are three internship programs available that offer graduates a variety of opportunities. The internships, business, creative, and technical, all offer new graduates across disciplines different roles within LinkedIn. Mentorship, experience, and professional development all stem from these programs.

Apart from the internship programs, there are also entry level positions available.

Merck & Co.

Merck and Co. is a research centered pharmaceutical company that finds its headquarters in New Jersey. 

They are currently at the forefront of research all to do with preventing and treating diseases tied to people and animals that include HIV, cancer, Ebola, and emerging animal diseases.With over 70,000 employees, they offer employee business resource groups, professional development, and put an emphasis on employee wellbeing.

Merck & Co. offer internships, co-ops, and entry level positions and rotation programs. Recent graduates might especially be interested in the Manufacturing Leadership Development (MDLP) program or the IT Emerging Talent Job Rotation (ETR) program. 

The MDLP is the flagship entry level program where Merck & Co. seek to develop new hires into leaders, offering the opportunity for coaching and exposure to real-life business and manufacturing experiences.

The ETR, for recent bachelor’s and master’s graduates, is a program that offers a full-time job rotation. Those hired will be able to network and develop skills that can serve as an excellent start to a long IT career.

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a multinational investment bank and financial services company based out of the USA. 

They provide a range of financial services to clients across the world including corporations and governments. As a recent graduate, they have several opportunities that range from entry level positions to associate programs that provide access to professional development, exposure to leadership, and extensive support.

With an emphasis on apprenticeship culture “in which our junior team members learn by working closely with seasoned professionals”, Goldman Sachs offers a variety of programs to new graduates. Goldman Sachs University provides new hires with resources and learning to help during the integration process through networking and culture opportunities. 

Other programs also include the Summer Associate Program and the Full Time Associate positions that allow recent graduates to work with professionals across several divisions that include: engineering, finance, global investment research, risk, merchant banking and more.

Other benefits to working at Goldman Sachs vary depending on your location, but they generally include: insurance, competitive holiday and vacation time, health care, and annually review compensation.


Sitting at the top of CNN Business’ ‘World's Top Employers for New Grads’ is Google. This isn’t all that surprising, considering that Google is such an internationally known company. With over 100,000 employees now, Google is only continuing to grow. The potential to work at Google as a new graduate is certainly appealing, from the robust internship opportunities they have to employee benefits.

One benefit you’ll find to working at Google is the career development that they have. In a piece by Inc., an anonymous employee shared that while working at Google, they were very impressed by how “invested Google is in your well-being and career growth.” Professional development can often be a major part of choosing where you might like to go post-graduation.

Another unique benefit that may interest new graduates is the “Global Education Leave” program. This program allows employees to take a leave of absence to undertake education that may be completely covered by the company as well. Other benefits of working at Google include 24/7 tech support, wellness services, benefit programs, and onsite amenities that support both employees and their families.

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