Center for Career Exploration


Handshake is Brown’s online recruiting platform for students and alumni that simplifies the search for internships, jobs and learning opportunities.

If you are just getting started with your search, visit our Job Search page to view the Brown Center for Career Exploration’s resources.

Go to Handshake

On Handshake, you can highlight your interests, areas of study, and the types of opportunities you are looking for. Once you’ve activated your account, you can sign-up for upcoming employer events and find opportunities that fit your preferences. You can also view and apply to job postings, sign up for on-campus interviews, and even save your job searches or tag your favorite employers so that new opportunities are e-mailed to your account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Login here using your Brown credentials. Once logged in you can start inputting information and interests to begin your job searches.

Guide to Getting Started – Setting Up Your Handshake Profile

Filling out your profile gives you personalized recommendations — so you can find the perfect opportunity that matches your interests. Having a completed profile increases your chances of a recruiter reaching out with opportunities and event information. 

Guide to Getting Started – Setting Up Your Handshake Profile

Employers find students using job interests, work experience, clubs and activities, and skills. Work experience includes internships, jobs, work-study, and volunteering. Clubs and activities allow employers to get to your interests and involvement on campus. Skills can be both technical and soft skills, and the more skills you highlight the better employers can get to know you. 

Guide to Searching for Jobs on Handshake    Peer Career Advisors

Including your job interests related to job type, location, and roles are important in finding specialized results in your searches. As your interests and preferences adjust, you can easily go in and change them under your profile.

There are several ways to build your network through Handshake! Here are a list of unique ways to build your network:

  1. Find events and fairs to attend on Handshake:
    1. The Events Discovery page is intended to help students find the most relevant events in their career journey. Students can narrow their searches, and discover more events of interest in an efficient way.
    2. You can navigate to the Events page in Handshake (via the top menu bar). Here is a more detailed how-to for event search.
  2. Use messaging on Handshake:
    1. Messages in Handshake can help you network, establish relationships, and build your career! After activating your account, you can send and receive messages from employers, other students and alumni, and career service users.
    2. Employers and students can only send messages to you if your profile isn't private. Learn more about Profile Privacy Options on Handshake. Here is a more detailed how-to for messaging.

Yes – Handshake captures a multitude of industries and sectors. Handshake currently supplies more than 900 colleges and universities and 400,000 employers.

Industries covered include:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • PR and Marketing
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Animal and Wildlife
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Automotive
  • Biotech and Life Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commercial Banking and Credit
  • Computer Networking
  • Construction
  • CPG - Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Defense
  • Design
  • Electronic and Computer Hardware
  • Energy
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Environmental Services
  • Farming
  • Ranching and Fishing
  • Fashion
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Forestry
  • Government - Consulting
  • Government - Intelligence
  • Government - Local
  • State and Federal
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Hotels and Accommodation
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Affairs
  • Internet and Software
  • Investment / Portfolio Management
  • Investment Banking Journalism
  • Media and Publishing
  • K-12 Education
  • Landscaping
  • and more...

Following an employer in Handshake has many benefits as it provides notifications to you when key activities occur that you may be interested in. This includes when a new job is posted to your school, the employer is hosting an event, or the employer is attending a fair at your school.

How to follow an employer on Handshake

Yes. Handshake can continue to provide you with professional development information and career opportunities beyond college. You can also choose to continue to use Handshake after graduation, and we will maintain your Handshake profile for as long as you wish to use the service. This way you can continue to update and improve your profile as your career progresses.