What is Handshake?

Handshake is our online career platform, that allows you to:

  • Search and submit your resume to job postings for internship, volunteer, part-time, and full-time opportunities.
  • Sign up for On-Campus Interview schedules.
  • Learn about and register for career events that are happening on and off campus.

Some of the best features of Handshake are:

  • Job postings are submitted by employer themselves that are looking specifically for JCU students like you!
  • Customization options to personalize your job search based on job title, employer, keywords, location and more.
  • It’s free and you may continue to use it even after you graduate from JCU!

Login to Handshake now to schedule an appointment to help you with your job search or call us at 216.397.4237.

Can I use the career services at other schools? 

Yes! Click here for information on using other career centers.

Why should I complete an internship?

Internships enhance your classroom learning and increase your marketability to employers and graduate programs. You develop new skills, both technical and interpersonal, in addition to learning how to conduct yourself in a professional environment. For many, it is a confirmation of a correct career choice while others discover the desire to explore alternative career options. You also build and/or expand your professional network. All John Carroll University students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship.

How do I find an internship?

There are numerous ways to secure an internship:

  • Begin your search on Handshake, our online system, which is updated daily with new employment opportunities.
  • Set up an internship search appointment with a career advisor to develop an action plan for your search.
  • Participating in career events and taking advantage of networking opportunities with employers and others willing to share important information on the job search can greatly assist in securing a best-fit internship.
  • Discussing your plans with faculty and academic advisors and browsing other search engines and job postings can also be helpful.
  • The Grasselli Library also has resources available to you.

This process takes time so begin several months before you would ideally like to begin the internship.

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

Yes! Click here for information about internships for academic credit.

Login to Handshake now to schedule an appointment to help you with your job search or call us at 216.397.4237.

**The Center for Career Services offers Handshake as a convenience to job seeking students and alumni. Job seekers must use their judgment when applying, interviewing and accepting positions. Students should be mindful of scams that target students, including many schemes where students are asked to advance personal funds against fraudulent checks.  More information this topic can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website under Scams Targeting Students. If you believe that a job posted is inappropriate or unsafe, inform us immediately via an e-mail to careerservices@jcu.edu**