As a service to students and alumnae/i, Experiential Learning and Career Services maintain credentials file of letters of recommendation. A credentials file is a valuable aid to securing employment or furthering your education. You may use your file to support an application to graduate or professional school, or to enhance an employment application. Establishing a credentials file ensures the confidentiality of your letters of recommendation and the prompt distribution of your credentials. The service eliminates he burden of asking your reference writers to submit duplicate letters of recommendation to every institution or organization to which you are applying.
Compiling your credentials files
Your credentials file may, at your discretion, contain the following items: letters
of recommendation you request from professors, employers, supervisors, internship
on-site sponsors, and others who know you well enough to write a strong, positive
Forms for letters of recommendation are available on the Globe at Experiential Learning and Career Services under Credential Files. You are responsible for giving the form to your letter writer and for making sure that the letter has arrived at Experiential Learning and Career Services.
Instructions for sending credentials file
Requests to send your file may be made in person, in writing, via e-mail, or by fax. Students and alumnae/i requesting credential files must include the name of the company/organization/school, contact name of person to receive the file, address, city, state, zip, and contact phone number or email. Please include your full name, telephone number, and email where we can reach you.
How long are credentials file retained?
Files will be maintained for 10 years from the last date of activity, after which the entire file will be destroyed. If you would like your file retained for an additional 10 years, you will need to notify Experiential Learning and Career Services.