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Buckeye Careers


Welcome to Handshake

Looking for a full or part-time job? Internship? Co-Op?

Handshake is the university’s official job resource for all currently enrolled Ohio State students and alumni. Handshake is an intuitive, easy-to-use job search system to help students connect with employers for part-time jobs, internships, co-ops and full-time career opportunities. Handshake grows with students throughout their time at Ohio State. They can use Handshake to find a job on campus during their first year, explore internships and co-ops as they gain more experience in their major, as well as find their first job after graduation.

Why use Handshake?

  • Handshake grows with the student - they can find career opportunities for every step of their college experience.
  • Handshake uses an algorithm (like Netflix or Spotify) to help students find jobs specific to their interests. The more they fill out their profile, the more Handshake populates opportunities the student is looking for.
  • Students can explore job opportunities across the nation and world.
  • Read reviews of other student’s experiences in internships, co-ops and jobs to help decide if an opportunity is a good fit for the student.
  • See all of the career services events at Ohio State.

How do I access Handshake?

All currently enrolled students can access their pre-populated account at by using their Ohio State email and password. There are some exceptions to who has access to Handshake. If a student is under the age of 18 or have enabled their FERPA rights in BuckeyeLink, reach out to their career services office for more details. A student should complete their profile to take advantage of everything Handshake has to offer: job searching, resume review, career events, career fairs, employer reviews and much more. 

Alumni should visit our website for information on how to access Handshake.

Tips for Using Handshake

Handshake has a number of tutorials and a great support team. Below are some resources to help students get started.

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker

As a student searches through available opportunities, please keep in mind that the posting of an opportunity does not indicate endorsement or recommendation of the employers or opportunities by the university. The university reviews employer requests to post jobs, but does not perform an in-depth review of every job posting or otherwise make any representations, warranties or guarantees regarding the validity, accuracy or legitimacy of any of the posted positions. This includes, but is not limited, to information provided regarding wages, hours worked, working conditions or safety. It is up to the student to apply due diligence and exercise caution and common sense in their job search. For a student's privacy and protection when applying to a job online, it is advisable that they do not provide any unnecessary personal information to the prospective employer, provide credit card or bank information or perform any type of monetary transaction. If they suspect a fraudulent posting or have any questions, please contact Student Life Buckeye Careers at

Handshake also allows students to flag fraudulent employers. If a student has had a negative or suspicious encounter with an employer on Handshake, please flag the employer following Handshake's step-by-step process, and notify their career services office or

NACE Guidelines

As a job seeker, you have certain rights and responsibilities of which you should be aware. The Ohio State University Career Services Committee closely follows guidelines for professional conduct set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE has composed a list of what you can reasonably expect from your career center and from employers, as well as your role in the recruiting process.


Student Legal Services

As a student enrolled at Columbus campus, you are encouraged to use resources provided by Student Legal Services when considering internship and job offers and for other employment related legal matters. A student must be degree-seeking at Ohio State to be eligible. Services are only available during the academic year in which the participation fee has been paid. If you have not opted out of participating, staff attorneys are available to speak with you and help you know and understand your rights.  



Need assistance using Handshake? Contact your career services office or