How to Post a Job/Internship

Handshake is UC Irvine's online job and internship board and career hub for students. Employers can use Handshake to post jobs and internships as well as register for recruiting events and sign up for On-Campus Interviewing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Handshake

How do I post a job/internship on Handshake?

Please log-in or create a FREE account. Once you are logged in, click on the "Post a Job" button to complete the job form.

Why does it take a few hours/days for my posting to go up?

When you submit your posting, it's added to a queue that includes all of the other pending positions awaiting approval from the Career Center. Depending on the day and our staff availability, that queue may have 100+ postings in it. And while we try to review them as quickly as possible (many are cleared within hours of posting), on occasion there is heavy traffic on Handshake, or other internal Career Center demands (events, university holidays, etc.) that may contribute to a delay of a few business days. When this happens, we'll often pull additional team members off their duties and ask for their help with approving jobs, to ensure that your position is posted as quickly as possible.

Why do my job postings need to be approved?

It's in our students' best interest for us to screen and verify employers and the opportunities they present. We do our best to ensure that each employer registration is legitimate, and that each posting meets our qualifications. By giving us the time to do that, we can trust that you agree to our mission to make our students' needs a priority.

Why aren't more students applying to my posting?

There are many possible reasons including:

The time of year/academic quarter

Indeed, there are times of the year when Handshake is less used. Midterms, finals, spring break, summer term, the list goes on. All of these shifts in the calendar mean that students are either busy or away, and that they are checking Handshake less often. There are also times when recruitment season is in full swing and it's busier on Handshake, which may create more competition with your posting.

How much (and what kind of) information is in the posting

Our students are very savvy. Clear, concise, error-free descriptions that demonstrate your company's professionalism are going to be appreciated. Blank sections, vague information, or unclear messages will deter applicants.

The pay of the position

Compensation depends on a number of factors, including position type, responsibilities, industry, hours/week, etc. It is a good idea to benchmark your compensation against other similar types of opportunities. Also, if you are considering having an unpaid internship, the Career Center recommends making sure that your positions are in full legal compliance.

How do I reach out to more students/alumni about my job opportunity?

Access to Public Resumes

With a Handshake account, you will be able to sort through resumes of students who have made their profile public. You can use this tool to reach out to potential candidates for the role(s) you are recruiting for. For questions about this process, you are welcome to contact Employer Engagement Specialist, Tonie Zhu.

Volunteer with the Career Center

We love employer volunteers! There are opportunities available throughout the year for employers to come speak on a panel, perform resume reviews, offer mock interviews, etc. All of these opportunities allow for direct interaction with students and can help with recruitment efforts. Volunteer opportunities are usually in high demand by employers, so if this is an area in which you are interested please let us know and we can go over what we're looking for with you. Space is limited, and we also like to be clear on the kind of information you're providing to ensure that it doesn't conflict with our values/mission.

Reach out to student organizations

The UCI Student Organizations site allows viewers to look up clubs and contacts. It is free for employers to find student groups that may be interested in their organization (there are hundreds of clubs, dozens of which have a professional focus).

Can you email out my job description for me?

No. This service is reserved for select Career Center Alliance Group Packages. Specifically, the Career Center receives thousands of postings, and to email these out to students would devalue Career Center email. The great majority of UCI knows that Handshake is the job/internship/volunteer/career opportunity hub.

Instead of sending a message through the Career Center, employers can target particular student organizations. Contact information for most is available via UCI's Campus Organization homepage, so employers can send emails themselves. Side note – if an employer wants to reach one of our Club Affiliates, we can help with that too.

If I tell you what I'm looking for, can you send over a student to work for me?

No. The size of our student body makes it impossible for us to know the skills and qualifications of each student, so we are not able to recommend individuals. However, consistency pays off: our Career Counselors notice the companies that routinely conduct University Recruiting at events and take a more active role in Career Services.

Will you refer me to a faculty member who can recommend their best and brightest?

While the Career Center has strong relationships with many Campus Partners, including Faculty, we cannot refer you to individual faculty members. With that being said, there are organizations that build lasting mutually beneficial relationships with faculty members (perhaps being part of a case study, as an example), and this can certainly help your University Recruiting efforts. If you wish to contact faculty members, you need to do this directly.

I think I want an intern, what should I do?

Internships can be a fabulous experience for both student and employer. That said, there are a couple of steps necessary to go from point A ("I want an intern! I mean…Yes, I am ready to shape and mentor a young professional") to point B ("Here is your desk, respected and honored intern"). Don't hesitate to let us know if you'd like more details about any of them….

Please peruse the Career Center's Internship Policies. We've included information about Department of Labor policies, points of contact on campus, and best practices. It will feel like a lot of information (especially the DOL part) but please trust me that it's crucial for organizations to understand what's required.

Prepare! Please consider your goals for the position, and for the experience the student will gain. It is also recommended to identify the employee who will supervise and guide the student through their internship. Create both a clear job description that outlines the intern's duties, and an internal plan for how you'll ensure that both intern and supervisor goals are met. Also, don't forget to plan to share opportunities for growth throughout his/her stay, and to evaluate them at the end of their internship.

Once you are ready to post the opportunity, you can visit Handshake to share it with a wide audience of UCI students and alumni.

The internship opportunity I'm offering is unpaid, so that means you're giving my intern credit, right?

Only in specific instances do students receive credit for internships, and this is through their academic department, not the Career Center. Currently, the University of California does not have any centralized internship program upon which students receive units for internships. If you are interested in learning more about potentially offering your internship for credit, please contact Michelle Foley.

I am a local community member looking for a tutor, childcare, elder care, etc. Can I post on Handshake?

Yes, all job types are welcome. The account registration form is geared towards businesses. Do the best you can to complete as much information as possible. For Organization name use something like "Jones Residence." For the overview, keep it simple. E.g. "Local family looking for a tutor." After completing the registration form you will then complete a full job description where you can provide the details of the job and the qualification you seek.