For Online Degree Students/Alumni

The Center for Career Development and the Office of Distance Education are working together to support online degree students/alumni and to provide access to career resources. With the exception of individual appointments and employer on-campus interviews, all resources and services are available.

Explore Handshake

Handshake enables you to connect with employers, find jobs, access career resources, and learn about career events.

Online Degree Students: Your account has been created for you. Click on the blue button for BU student login, then use your BU email address and Kerberos password.

Online Degree Alumni: Once you have an account, enter your email address to log in and click next, then click on “Log In Using Email and Password” and enter your password. If you graduated after May 2017 and want a Handshake account, you’ll need to request one. Request one today!

Need help getting started or have questions? Explore the help center.

Attend Career Fairs, Events, Webinars + More

Online degree students/alumni are welcome to attend most on-campus events through the Center for Career Development such as employer information sessions and career fairs. Additionally, each semester, the Center for Career Development offers select workshops as webinars that are open to all BU students/alumni.

See our calendar for upcoming events. To register for an event, please log in to Handshake.

Access Career Resources

Online degree students/alumni are welcome to use the following resources, accessible via Handshake:

  • VMock: Get an instant and detailed assessment of your resume, including specific tips for making it better.
  • Big Interview: Practice online mock interviews with varied questions, challenging interviewers, and the option to record your answers.
  • GoinGlobal: Country Guides: Ever wondered what it’s like to work in another country? GoinGlobal has you covered! Learn about professional etiquette, interview and job search skills, and more in up-to-date country guides.
  • GoinGlobal: USA/Canada City Guides: Browse guides on major U.S. and Canadian cities including employment outlook, networking, and the cost of living as well as H1B employer listings for all 50 states.
  • Vault: Research top employers, download career e-books, gain advice, and more.
  • CCD Website: Explore information on everything in the career development cycle from resumes to interviewing, plus resources by topic and field.

Connect with BU Alumni

With more than 300,000 members around the world, fellow Terriers are often the best people to connect with as you expand your professional network.

  • The Career Advisory Network (CAN): Operated and maintained by the BU Alumni Association, CAN gives you the chance to contact successful alums who have volunteered to speak to students about their careers. Please keep in mind this is strictly an informational and networking opportunity.
  • BUAA LinkedIn Group: BU’s official worldwide alumni network of Boston University, administered by the BU Alumni Association. This group allows members an opportunity to leverage the full potential of BU’s global alumni community through meaningful connections and discussions around their professional network.

Get More Support with Smarthinking

Additional resources on resumes, cover letters, career writing (personal statements, employment profiles, LinkedIn branding), and live interview practice are available from Smarthinking.

Current Students: Access the services from any online course in Blackboard. Please speak to your Office of Distance Education Support Administrator if you have any questions.

Alumni (of BU’s online programs): Log in to Smarthinking’s services for BU alumni. Smarthinking support will email your username and password. Contact the Office of Distance Education (disted@bu.edu) if you have any questions or problems accessing the resource.

Caution: Fraudulent Postings

The CCD carefully screens every employer and internship/job posting in Handshake to ensure legitimacy. Occasionally employment scams occur. Students should be vigilant and are urged to help identify scams. If you receive a suspicious email from an employer (even if they say it is from your University Career Services office), please do not respond to the email and contact our office immediately at bucareer@bu.edu.

Here are some good indicators that the job is more than likely a scam:

  • You are asked to give your credit card or bank account numbers or copies of personal documents, but you get nothing in writing.
  • You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for the use of your bank account, often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check. This is the biggest and most costly scam. If you receive a check in the postal mail from an employer, DO NOT cash it or pursue the offer. Please turn everything into the BU Police Department. The check may look real but it is not. You will be responsible for the entire amount of the check, plus any fees incurred by the bank when they process it and discover that the check is fraudulent.

If you have any questions or doubts regarding an internship, please do not hesitate to contact bucareer@bu.edu.