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Handshake is the ultimate recruiting platform for students! Handshake is where all types of employers put their greatest opportunities and look for UVA students. It's where you can find UVA career resources, apply for jobs, schedule appointments and register for career events.

  • Explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities.
  • Connect with great companies.
  • Learn about your career options.
  • Win at life. 

Handshake FAQs

Below are student-related Handshake FAQs. For employer-related Handshake FAQs, please click here.

How do I access Handshake?

 You can access Handshake via the Career Center website (career.virginia.edu) or by going to virginia.joinhandshake.com. Sign in via your NetBadge. We encourage you to complete your profile in order to cut the clutter - get only the job recommendations, messages, and events that matter to you.

How do I learn the new system?

Handshake has a number of tutorials and a great support team.  Below are quick resources to help you get started with Handshake.

What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?

Much of your information is brought over from the Student Information System, which comes straight from the Registrar. We recommend connecting with the Registrar's office to be sure your information is correct in SIS. For additional questions, please contact handshake@virginia.edu.

I'm getting the error "Your career services center has restricted your ability to apply to jobs. Please contact them to remove this restriction." How do I gain access to apply for positions?

Students must complete the UVA Recruiting Policy orientation in order to have access to apply for jobs and internships. Once you have gained access to OGI positions, you can click "Interviews" from your lefthand menu to see all OGI positions.

How do I gain access to OGI positions in Handshake?

Students must complete the UVA Recruiting Policy orientation in order to have access to OGI jobs. Once you have gained access to OGI positions, you can click "Interviews" from your lefthand menu to see all OGI positions.

How do I sign up for a Career Community in Handshake?

Students may identify interest in one or more career communities by clicking "Career Interests" on the right hand side and completing their profile.

How do I find events and information sessions in Handshake?

Information sessions and career workshops can be found by clicking "Events" from the lefthand menu. Career fairs can be found by clicking "Fairs" from the lefthand menu.

How do I request a career advising appointment in Handshake?

To request an appointment via Handshake, click "Appointments" from the lefthand menu. Currently, all degree-seeking student may schedule appointments with the UVA Career Center. Additionally, students in the School of Engineering and MS in Data Science program may schedule with their career services offices. Coming this fall, students in Batten will have the ability to schedule online with their career offices.

If you do not find an appointment time that works for you, please call the career office directly.

How do I safeguard my job search?

We strongly encourage you to review our tips on safeguarding your job search. It is very important for you to educate yourself about potential scams. If you suspect that a Handshake position is fraudulent, please send an e-mail to handshake@virginia.edu. If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact the local police as well.