Handshake: Students and Alumni

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Whether it's making a career counseling appointment to talk about your future career plans or beginning your internship/job search, Handshake is the place to start. Handshake has features that allow you to personalize your profile, making it even easier to stay connected with the Career Services Center and employers.

With Handshake you can:

  • Schedule career counseling appointments
  • View job and internship opportunities relevant to your career goals
  • Receive updates from the Career Services Center
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews
  • Join career fairs and other career events on campus
  • Follow and connect with your favorite employers
  • Find resources specifically matching your career interests

Getting Started

Every Marquette student has an account with Handshake. It's easy to access your profile; just follow these steps:

  • Access Marquette on Handshake at https://marquette.joinhandshake.com/
  • Log in using your full Marquette email address. For example, alex.smith@marquette.edu instead of alex.smith@mu.edu
  • When prompted, continue log in process using your CheckMarq/eMarq username and password
  • Follow the prompts to complete personalization of your profile
  • Once you build your profile, you will be able to make an appointment to meet with a career counselor, search for employers/jobs/internships and explore careers that interest you

**ALUMNI: Email career.services@marquette.edu after you have set up your profile and we will activate your account. Please be sure to utilize a non-Marquette University email address.

Tips and Videos

Personalize Profile: Personalizing your profile can be a great way to market yourself to employers on Handshake. To make edits to your profile, click on your name in the top right corner and select My Profile. You can add a short bio, work experiences, extracurriculars, skills, and much more. You are also able to upload documents such as a resume and/or a cover letter.

Schedule an Appointment with the Career Services Center: Individual career appointments are available to students and alumni regarding all areas of career planning and preparation. To schedule an appointment, follow these steps: Instructions.

Job/Internship Search: Handshake is a great tool to search for jobs and internships. Each employer on Handshake was approved by Marquette University Career Services Center. To search for a job or internship, follow these steps: Instructions.

Save a Job Search: Saved Filters allow you to save a previous search so you don't have to fill out search criteria again. To create a Saved Filter, follow these steps: Video.

On-Campus Interviews: After applying to a position, you may be selected to interview. To schedule an interview, follow these steps: Instructions.

Upcoming Events: Many events are posted on Handshake including career fairs, employer recruitment tables, networking events, information sessions, and open interview dates. To learn about upcoming events, follow these steps:

  1. Click Events in top menu bar of Handshake
  2. Select desired event to learn more about it, view attendees, and join
  3. Upcoming opportunities and events are also displayed in the Home section of Handshake


The Career Services Center makes every effort to thoroughly screen employers prior to granting them access to post jobs and internships at Marquette through the Handshake platform. Job and internship postings are also reviewed for legitimacy and relevancy. If you receive any communication from an employer in Handshake that you feel is suspicious or potentially fraudulent, do not continue interacting with the employer and do not provide any personal information. Contact the Career Services Center at career.services@marquette.edu with details about the situation and we will investigate and take appropriate action.

We recommend using sound judgement and caution as you search for jobs and internships in Handshake and any other online career platform. Be sure to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting off-campus employment. Be mindful of any communication, offers or requests that seem inappropriate in nature or suggest that a scam is being attempted. Examples of things to look for include: receiving a job offer without having interviewed for a position, being asked to submit payment or share your bank account information before being considered for a position, or job postings that focus on the amount of money to be made with little to no reference to job duties.

Employment Eligibility Questions

The next time you apply for a position through Handshake, you will be prompted to answer the questions below. 

  1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer?
  2. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship?

Through collaboration with staff from the Office of International Education, we suggest the following responses to these questions. 

Suggestions for Marquette University F1 Students

Question: Are you legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer

Response Suggestion: If you are applying for off-campus positions related to your major/field of study at Marquette University, you may be eligible for permission to work based on authorized Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). Remember that there are eligibility requirements for CPT and OPT authorization.   More details are available from advisors at the Office of International Education and online.

If you and the position are eligible for CPT or OPT, we suggest answering “YES’ to this question. 

Question: Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship?

Response Suggestion: As a F1 student, after your OPT time is fully utilized, you may need a different visa status to legally work in the U.S.

Because this question inquires about your future ability to work in the U.S., we suggest answering YES if you would want the employer to provide sponsorship for a new visa status. 

If you have questions about work authorization for off-campus opportunities, please contact the Office of International Education. If you have questions about your internship/job search or the Handshake website, please contact our office to schedule an appointment

Need Assistance?

If you have any questions about Handshake, please reference the Handshake Help Center, or call our office at (414) 288-7423 or stop in for drop-in hours occurring Monday-Friday from noon to 2 pm during the academic year.