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Cal State LA Handshake

We connect you with jobs and employers using Handshake. Handshake is an online career community for college students. You can explore career options, find jobs/internships that can help you launch your future career and connect with employers hiring Cal State LA students.

About Handshake

How to Create Your Account

Students

Create your free account using your @calstatela.edu email.

Recent Grads & Alumni

Create your free account using your personal email. Your request will be pending our verification of your alumni status. You will receive an email from Handshake when approved.

Faculty & Staff

Create a student account to view and send students opportunities that align with your discipline.

Handshake Tips

Complete Your Profile

A complete profile is key to a successful job search. Your profile lets employers know that you have the education and skills they're looking for. It also 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 employers can find you. If you would like help completing your profile, connect with a career advisor for support.

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.  

Contact Us

If you have questions or are unsure about joining Handshake, contact us at [email protected]