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Handshake logo Students

As a current student, you automatically have an account!  Just use your Cougar username and Password to login to Handshake.

Students have this service for 6 MONTHS after they graduate.  If it is past your 6 months, please refer to ALUMNI instructions.
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Handshake logo Alumni

Please sign up with the Alumni Association to continue using Career Center services including Handshake.  Then be on the lookout for an activation email!

If you are a CSUSM Alumni who is returning as a graduate student, please contact Erica Cullwell at: to reset your student account.


Handshake logo Employers

Want to post jobs or non-credit paid internships with your company and  connect with CSUSM students and Alumni? 


Handshake logo Faculty/Staff

Faculty & Staff, are you looking to post an ON-CAMPUS job? Instructions for on-campus job postings.

Do you already have an account and are  looking to view (not post) current job posting in Handshake? Fill out this form to request access. 


"About a year and a half ago, I was on Handshake and found a position for a HR Assistant position at the CSUSM Corporation. It has been an amazing experience and I've learned so much in the role, while being able to finish off my degree at the same time. After college, I had much luck getting interviews for full-time roles in Human Resources because many recruiters were impressed that I had this work experience during college. Overall, I am very grateful to the career center for giving me access to Handshake. Without them, I would have never found the job and gotten the great work experience!"

-Amanda S., Alumni 2020

"You can tell that Handshake is meant for students!! I found many job recommendations on Handshake and I’m applying to them all! I also receive more messages from recruiters on Handshake than LinkedIn!"
-Christian G., Spring 2021
"Handshake is a great app that helps students find jobs on and around campus. When I started looking for a job, I used Handshake to help me find those opportunities. The whole process is within Handshake-- making a profile, submitting your resume, applying, and receiving messages from employers. I got my first interviews and first job due to Handshake helping me find them!"
-Cassidy L., Spring 2023

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