Handshake is our online job platform for Winthrop students, alumni, and employers. Handshake is the #1 way college students find jobs and internships. The platform connects up-and-coming professionals with 750,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits.










Getting Started in Handshake

    1. Access Handshake

    Log in to Handshake using your Winthrop student e-mail or alumni e-mail address.

    2. Complete your profile

    Make sure that your profile is 100% complete (go to Settings > My Profile). Include your education, work experience, skills, etc. This will help tailor your job search and make it easier for recruiters to find you.

    3. Upload your resume

    Upload your resume/cover letter so that it's available whenever you need it (go to Settings > My Documents). Whenever you upload a new document, the CDI team will review it for you. This is an easy way to receive feedback on your resume.

    4. Search/apply for jobs and internships

    Thousands of jobs and internships are posted on Handshake each year. Search for ones that align with your career interests and goals. You can apply in just two clicks using the Quick Apply feature. After applying, you will also receive updates on the status of your application.

    5. Register for events

    Register for Winthrop's career fairs, employer information sessions, and more! This is a great way to connect with employers and learn more about opportunities within their organizations.

    6. Schedule appointments

    Schedule 1:1 appointments with the career center for help with your resume/cover letter, job search, interview preparation, and more (go to Career Center > Appointments).

    Help Center


      Log in to Handshake or create an employer account (use your company e-mail address if you have one).

      After verifying your e-mail address, you will be prompted to search for your company on Handshake and request to join.

      If your company is not listed, you will have the option to create a new company profile. If the company e-mail domain is already being used or you would like to create a secondary company for your specific location (ex: Enterprise - Rock Hill, SC), please e-mail us at careerdev@winthrop.edu for assistance. Currently, multiple companies cannot be registered under the same company e-mail domain.

      Troubleshooting Tips:

      • If you're having trouble receiving the confirmation e-mail, check your spam and junk folders to ensure that e-mails are not being filtered out. Add handshake@m.joinhandshake.com to your e-mail contacts or address book, and lastly, check with your IT department and ask them to unblock Handshake or check for quarantined e-mails. Then, resend the confirmation e-mail once you've taken these steps. You can resend the confirmation by logging into Handshake and using the link in Step 4 on the right side of your screen, as pictured here:



      You must request to connect with schools before posting jobs and internships there. We recommend starting with only 10-20 schools until your company is established on Handshake. For more information, see School Network Management

      Troubleshooting Tips:

      • Only request a select few schools initially. This will allow you to build positive relationships with schools while also growing your Trust Score. You can request additional schools as you become approved at your initial schools.
      • It can take up to five business days for a school to approve your request. If you do not receive a response within that time frame, contact the Career Services department at the school. You can find the contact information for a school's Career Services by selecting Schools in the left hand menu, and then clicking on the name of the school you wish to reach.

      Once you've connected to one or more schools, you will be able to post jobs, request on-campus interview schedules, manage your applicants, and more. Here are some quick links to more detailed articles on these topics.

      Help Center



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Privacy Disclaimer

Once an account is activated, students are given the option to make their profile public or private through their account settings. For students who select the public option, recruiters will have access to information displayed on their profile, including their personal data and work preferences. Since Handshake is a third-party platform, if the public option is selected, Winthrop University cannot provide protections under FERPA.