Handshake Access

Handshake offers great features, including:

  • Personalized experience driven by user preference. The more you use the system, the more you’ll see recommendations tailored to your interests, major and skills.
  • More user-friendly interface designed to simplify how you search for opportunities
  • Enhanced user profiles, with opportunities for customization that will help you communicate your experiences to employers

Log in to explore the system, complete your profile, select your career interests and more. For more information on utilizing the Handshake platform, please visit the Handshake Help Center.

Student Access | Alumni & Postdoc Access


A note about alumni/postdoc access: Click “Sign up for an Account” below the Handshake icon in the blue box and select “Student/Alumni” as the type of account. Alumni and postdocs must enter their name, email address and create a password to request access. Please allow for up to 5 business days for your alumni/postdoc account to be processed.

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) maintains Handshake as a service to Northwestern students and alumni.  Employers and opportunities found on Handshake are listed due to their potential interest to the Northwestern community.  These should not be considered an endorsement by NCA or Northwestern University.  While employers and opportunities are vetted by Northwestern staff, students should always use Safety in their Search when viewing postings in Handshake or other job sites.