Handshake is the official platform for jobs, internships, on-campus interviews, and events tailored to YOUR career interests. In addition, it serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students. 

First time users should read the “First Time Logging In?” item below before beginning.

Advantages to using Handshake include:

  • It is the only place to access listings of work-study jobs for UCSB students;
  • Job and internship postings are tailored to YOUR career interests
  • Many of the listings are posted just for viewing by UCSB students, which means less competition for the positions.

Handshake is managed by career counselors and staff at UC Santa Barbara. While Handshake is an exclusive service for our UCSB community, it is part of a larger system used by career offices nationwide. Access is restricted to students with a current UCSB NetID and recent alumni. We also welcome faculty and staff to use the system.

First Time Logging in as a Student?

You will not have access to Handshake until you officially register for classes at UCSB ... AND ... activate your UCSBnetID by setting up your UMAIL account. After you have completed these two tasks, you will be able to log into Handshake.
Handshake is a UCSB "single sign on" application that allows you to log on with your UCSBnetID and it’s associated password. The same UCSBnetID/password combination that login that gets you into GOLD, your financial aid status page, your BARC page, etc., gets you into Handshake. Note that when signing into Handshake's mobile app for the first time, you will need to click select Forgot Password to get started.  If you need any assistance, please contact the Career Resource Room peers by coming to Career Services or calling (805) 893-4414. If you need assistance with your UCSBnetID or forgot your password, please see the UCSB Identity Manager webpage

What can you do with Handshake?

  • Find a part-time job: on-campus, work-study or off-campus
  • Obtain an internship or full-time position
  • Store resumes, cover letters, transcripts and other professional documents
  • View a calendar of upcoming events including workshops and information sessions hosted by Career Services
  • See which employers are coming to career fairs
  • Schedule on-campus interviews with employers who want to hire you for a career position
  • Interact with employers within Handshake
  • Put your scholarship, leadership, and citizenship skills to work

Find Full- or Part-Time Jobs & Internships

In Handshake, click on the Jobs & Internships tab at the left of the page. Specify the job type you are searching for (Job, Internship, On Campus Student Employment) by clicking on left filter menu. Create a saved filter by clicking on "Save these filters" located at the top center of the page, and labeling it appropriately. You can reuse the search by clicking on "My Saved Filters" which will show a list of your previously saved searches. Note that you can specify one as your default search.

Learn About Upcoming Career Fairs

In Handshake, click on the Search Fairs link under the Events section on the left side of the page. You will see a page listing the Career Fairs and by selecting the one you are interested in, you will see a list of employers that are attending the fair and the positions they are recruiting for.

Sign Up for On-Campus Interviews

In Handshake, click on the On-Campus Interviews link under the Jobs & Interviews section on the left side of the page. For more information on the Handshake interview process read the How do I sign up for an interview? Help Center article.

Attend Employer Info Sessions, Workshops, Panels, and More 

In Handshake, click on the Search Events button under the Events section at the top of the page. Use the filters to search for the Type of event you are seeking. All events in Handshake are open to ALL UCSB students and alumni within their grace period.  If an event indicates that you are Not Qualified To Join, read the Event Description to learn more (in some instances, you may still want to attend).  

To export a calendar of appointments and events that you have joined, click your name in the top right corner and select User Settings from the drop-down list. Copy the .ics URL under Calendar Export into your calendar program (Gmail, Yahoo, etc).

Store Your Résumé & Other Documents

In Handshake, go to Documents link under the My Profile section. Click the Add New Document button or one of the "upload one?" links, select the appropriate document type, and drag-and-drop the document into the drop area. Remember to label your document appropriately (encourage you to be descriptive ex: John Doe - Nike Resume).

Problems? If you are having any problems with Handshake call (805) 893-4414 or stop by the Career Resource Room in Building 599, Mon - Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.


The UCSB Career Services Handshake site is intended for the listing of legitimate full-time, part-time, internship, seasonal, and short-term positions by businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, on-campus departments, and individuals who adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines.

Handshake postings are made by employers without endorsement, direct or implied, by UCSB Career Services or the University. It is the responsibility of any job- or internship-seeker to be aware of the dangers of online job seeking, to review our safety tips for job seekers, and to carefully research potential employers prior to applying. We do not and cannot control the behavior of participants in Handshake. By utilizing Handshake, you release the UCSB Career Services and UCSB (and our agents and employees) from claims, demands, and damages (actual or consequential, direct and indirect of every kind and nature, known and unknown), arising out of or in any way connected with any related disputes.

We urge you to use good judgment in your interactions with employers. We strongly urge you to carefully read our SAFETY TIPS FOR ONLINE JOB SEARCH. Please report any concerns about potential employers or job postings to UCSB Career Services in person at our front desk, by phone at (805) 893-4412 or by email to: careerhelp@sa.ucsb.edu.

Please review UCSB's Guidelines for Successfully Handling Job Offers