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Cal State LA Handshake

With Handshake, you can: 1) apply for jobs and internships on and off campus, 2) register for the spring and fall career fairs and sign up for career events, and 3) connect with your career community of student peers and employers.

If you have questions or are unsure about joining, contact us at [email protected] to connect with a career advisor. 


Create an Account


Create an account using your email.

Sign Up as a Student


  1. Create an account using your personal email.

Sign Up as Alumni

  1. Send a copy of your Cal State LA Alumni Association membership card to [email protected]. If you don't have one, email the Alumni Association.


  1. We will activate your account once we receive a copy of your membership card.

Faculty & Staff

Post Student Jobs on Campus

If you do not have a Handshake account, complete our Handshake Access Request Form. We will email you an invitation with a link to set up your profile. Then, use our Handshake Campus Employer Registration guide to set up your account.

View as a Student

If you would like to send students opportunities that align with your discipline, create an account as a student and select your discipline interest. You will be able to forward opportunites to students.

View as a Student

Handshake Tips

Complete Your Profile

A complete profile is key to a successful job search. Your profile lets employers know if you have the education and skills they're looking for. It tells Handshake the types of jobs and internships you want to see in your feed.

Keep your education and interests up to date:

  • Major – Employers will search for students in certain majors. 
  • School Year – Some employers look for students in a specific school year (e.g., junior, senior, masters, alumni).
  • GPA – Some industries require above a certain GPA.
  • Job Type – Select internship, part-time job or full-time job.  You can choose more than one.  
  • Location – Select cities where you would like to work, and Handshake will show you jobs in that area.
  • Job Role – Choose at least three jobs you would like to explore (e.g., marketing associate or software engineer).

Make your profile public so recruiters can find you. If you would like help completing your profile, contact us at [email protected] to connect with a career advisor.  

Connect with Your Community

Reviews – Find the best places to work according to your classmates.  Compare opportunities across thousands of companies.

Q&A – Make the right career decisions with information from your classmates.  Ask the community career-related questions.

Peer messaging – Ask real students real questions. Tap into a network of experienced students and alumni to get relevant advice on your career journey.

Get the App

Download the Handshake app from the App Store or Google Play. Login and kick off your college-to-career journey.