Student Policies and Information

UC Santa Barbara is committed to bringing a full spectrum of employers to campus to meet with our student population. Career Fairs, information sessions, and other networking activities provide students a venue to network with employers, submit their resume to recruiters, and learn about employment opportunities. Career Services ensures equity of access to campus recruiting activities for all employers who abide by our Employer Policies. It’s up to individual students to determine which employers may or may not align with their diverse talents, values and interests.

UCSB Career Services Handshake application 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. We expect students to use Handshake in a professional manner and for employers to do the same. Please review the warnings and guidelines below so that you are fully aware and informed of your responsibilities before interacting with employers using the Handshake website.

Handshake Disclaimer and Warning

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:

Guidelines for Handling Job/Internship Offers

UCSB Career Services supports both employers and students in the hiring process.  We assist employers in maximizing their recruiting results and we assist our students in making informed career decisions. In order to project the utmost professional image to employers and to successfully participate in recruiting activities, we strongly urge UCSB students abide by the following guidelines:

  • At all times in the recruitment process, represent yourself and UCSB in an appropriate and professional manner.

  • Recognize that not all offers are negotiable, even in a competitive market. Be realistic about your expectations and conduct appropriate research before approaching an employer.

  • Do not hoard offers. If you are interested in a particular offer, let the employer know immediately.

  • Notify organizations on your decision regarding their offers in the agreed-upon timeframe. If you need more time, you may contact the organization for a possible extension. However, it will be the employer’s decision whether to grant that request for more time.

  • Accept an offer only after careful consideration. Ask an employer for more time if you need. Only accept an offer if you are 100% sure!

  • After accepting an offer, withdraw from the interview process with other companies. If you are holding pending offers, you are expected to immediately notify these organizations of your final decision.

  • Do not renege after accepting an offer, except in cases of extreme personal emergency.

Accepting an offer, either verbally or in writing, is an agreement to work for an employer. Rejecting an offer after having previously accepted- for any reason- is a serious recruiting violation and is subject to significant repercussions such as losing your On-Campus Interview program and Handshake privileges (each circumstance will be evaluated on a case by case basis). After such unprofessional behavior, you may also ruin your chance to work for certain companies permanently and you may also affect future gauchos if the company chooses not to recruit at UCSB due to your actions.

Additional Job Offer Information that you should know:
We also want to make sure that you are aware of the following information to ensure that you are not feeling pressured or unprepared when making a sound career decision:

  • Make sure that you have the conditions of your employment/internship offer clearly defined in writing (job duties, salary, bonuses, benefits, starting date, work location, etc.). If a formal offer letter does not follow a verbal offer, follow up with the employer immediately and request this document.

  • Understand the implications of “exploding offers.” Exploding offers are offers with “short fuse” deadlines. Employers may attempt to pressure you into accepting their offer immediately, thereby lessening the opportunity for competing offers. Examples include:

  • An employer requires candidates to accept offers within a very short time (24-48 hours);

  • An employer extends offer to candidates that exceed the number of openings available, and tells candidates that they will be hired on a first-come, first-serve basis;

  • An employer gives signing bonuses only to candidates who accept offers immediately;

We ask that employers who recruit with UCSB give all students a minimum of 2 weeks in which to make their decision. Similar to the guidelines we have for students, we also ask that employers abide by the specific guidelines outlined here.

If at any time in the recruitment process, you have questions, are unsure how to proceed, or are experiencing undue pressure to make an employment decision, please make an appointment with a career counselor at Career Services ASAP! We are here to help you navigate this process, make the best decisions, and act in a professional manner.