Winthrop University: Handshake
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Center for Career Development and Internships
129 Crawford Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3831 (fax)



Handshake is Winthrop's online job database for Student, Alumni, and Employers. Handshake focuses on helping you find the jobs that you’re looking for and make it easy for employers to recruit you.

Handshake partners with schools and employers—bringing their best opportunities to campus and onto our platform just for you. The top employers—including all the Fortune 500—recruit students through Handshake, giving you access to jobs and internships not available anywhere else.

Update your Handshake profile (to login, use your Winthrop credentials with SSO) and they’ll show you jobs that are a good fit for you. You can filter and search through job roles based on your interests, and discover new career possibilities. Best of all, recruiters will message you directly with event invites and job opportunities!

Students & Alumni

Students & Alumni LOGIN HERE 


Getting Started with Handshake

1. Login

Login with your Winthrop credentials using

2. Make it you

Fill out your profile with information about you, your interests, your studies, and what you’re looking for in a job. Make sure to add your preferred locations and job roles.

3. Discover jobs

Handshake takes the info you share in your profile to show you full-time jobs and internships that align with your interests and that you’d be a good fit for.

4. Get recruited

All of the top employers, including 100% of the Fortune 500, tech start-ups, nonprofits, and more are hiring students like you on Handshake. When you update your profile, they’ll be able to find you and message you about the roles you want.  

5. Apply easily

On Handshake, you can store your resumes and other documents so they’re ready when you need them. You can even apply to jobs in two clicks with Quick Apply. 

6. No more wondering

Once you apply, they’ll send you updates on your application status. And if you have questions, you can explore the Handshake Q&A platform and ask your peers for advice about interviews, job roles, and more. 


Have more questions?

With a new system, questions are bound to be had. Please utilize the resources below before you reach out to the Center. 

Getting Started - Student FAQ's      Handshake Support 



Employers Login (or Sign-Up) HERE


Getting Started with Handshake

1. Create a user account 

You will need a user account in order to log in and use Handshake. If you've received an invite from a school or a colleague, you can follow the link to take you to the account creation process. If you're signing up without an invite, go to to create an employer account.  You can view the details of this process, with screenshots, by checking out How to Create a User Account.

Troubleshooting tips:

  • If you're having difficulties receiving the confirmation e-mail, try checking your spam and junk folders to ensure that e-mails are not being filtered out. Add 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: 



2. Join your existing company on Handshake, or create a new one

You will need to be connected to your company profile on Handshake prior to taking any actions with schools. Your company should pull up based on the domain of your e-mail address, if it is already in Handshake. If it isn't, you should see the option to create a new company profile. You can learn more about the new company creation process here

Troubleshooting tips:

  • Use your corporate e-mail address if you have one. This will ensure that your company profile is shown to you if it is in Handshake, and can expedite the process of connecting to your company. Schools also will tend to decline users with generic e-mail addresses. 

  • The goal of this step is to connect you with your company, not schools you'd like to recruit from (that comes later). If you want to recruit from Stanford, do not list Stanford as your company! On-campus employers are obviously the exception to this rule. 


3. Request to connect with schools

You must request and receive approval from a school prior to posting jobs there. You can choose schools during your sign-up process, and we recommend to start with only 10-20 until your company is established on Handshake. You can always select more at any time afterwards. To learn how to choose add more schools later, check out 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.


4. Take action!

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:

How to Post an Interview Schedule to a School

Managing Interview Schedule Applicants


Have more Questions?

With a new system, questions are bound to be had. Please utilize the resources below before you reach out to the Center. 

Handshake Support 


Last Updated: 1/9/23