Handshake Access

Handshake is Northwestern’s central platform for accessing career services. You can use it to find job and internship opportunities, sched­ule an appointment with your NCA adviser or counselor, learn about career events, see which employers are coming to campus, and more. Handshake is NCA’s primary tool for com­municating with you about the wide array of career-related events, workshops, and oppor­tunities to help you in your career planning and searches.

Log into Handshake

  • Current students: sign in using net ID and password
  • Alumni & Postdocs: sign in using email address

New Alumni & Postdoc Handshake Registration

  • Alumni without an existing Handshake account should start here
  • PostDoctoral Students can create a Northwestern account
  • You do NOT need to use a Northwestern email address to sign up for an account
  • Please allow for up to 5 business days for your alumni/postdoc account to be processed.

Handshake Campus Partners:  Northwestern Career Advancement, Medill Career Services, David G. Kabiller NU for Life Program, EPICS in the School of Communication, Master of Science in Law, Master of Science in Management Studies, Chicago Field Studies.

Disclaimer: 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. 

Handshake Tips

For tips on how best to utilize the system, please visit our Handshake Tips webpage.

How do I get a Handshake account?

Current students are automatically imported into Handshake.  You should not create an account.  Accounts are automatically created prior to the start of your first year at Northwestern.  Alumni that did not already have a student, can create an account to join Handshake.  You do not need to sign up with a Northwestern email to create an account.

Who gets Handshake access?
Current degree seeking students automatically receive access.  Alumni that received a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree receive access to Handshake.
How do I log into Handshake?

Current Northwestern Students are imported into Handshake. Current students log into Handshake by clicking on Northwestern University Sign On and using Northwestern NetID & Password.  Alumni log in using their email address below the blue student sign-in box

When do incoming students receive their Handshake accounts?
Degree seeking students will receive an account prior to the start of classes.