Making It Happen

Handshake

Handshake is BU’s online hub for career resources, including internship and job listings, in the U.S. as well as around the world. These are provided exclusively for undergrads, graduate students, and alumni. You’ll have 24/7 access and be able to sign up for on-campus events, schedule a career counseling appointment, and upload multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment-related documents.

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Current students: The video above contains instructions for using the Boston University Student Login button. Log in today!

Young alumni (0-2 years after graduation): Your account already exists. Go to bu.joinhandshake.com, enter your email address and click on the continue button. Click on the link at the bottom entitled “Log In using Email and Password.” Do not use the Boston University Student Login button. To set your password, click the “Forgot Password” button and follow the instructions in the email you receive to reset your password.

Alumni (2+ years after graduation): Need a Handshake account? Request one today!

TIP: Once you log in, complete your profile and your career interests information. Keep both updated to make sure you are seeing relevant positions that you might be interested in. When you’re ready, make your profile public to employers so they can find you. Remember to check postings regularly!

Access Handshake on the go with the mobile web app! Visit Handshake in a mobile browser and you’ll get an option to install the app.

While Handshake posts many opportunities targeted to BU students, there are plenty of other job and internship resources and listings on our site. Remember, only Handshake will have jobs for which employers are interviewing on campus.

For more information, check out our Handshake Login Help Page or the Handshake Training Portal.

Note for BU Metropolitan College students: Full-time and part-time students who have matriculated into an on-campus degree program have access to Handshake. If you have any questions, please email bucareer@bu.edu. MET Students enrolled in certificate or noncredit programs do not have access to Handshake.

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.

For Employers

Handshake offers a convenient way to post internship and job opportunities. Hiring managers can receive online applications directly from the system with current resumes attached, sign up for career expos, and much more. Learn more