The Center for Career and Professional Success serves undergraduate students within the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. Below, you'll find policies and information that may be useful.
Career Success Office Policies
You are expected to act with integrity at all times during your job or internship search. To promote professionalism among College of Arts and Sciences students, the following policies have been developed to serve you, your Arts and Sciences peers, and Ohio State’s employer recruiting partners.
Ohio State is excited to partner with Handshake, a modern platform for college recruiting. Handshake is a career-networking platform for Ohio State students and recent graduates to connect with employers and internship sites in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors that are interested in recruiting Ohio State students.
All Ohio State Students and recent degree recipients are automatically granted an account; no registration is required. Click the link above to log in and start discovering the benefits the system offers you during your career development journey.
It’s Free and Convenient
This campus-based resource makes it easy to start the job or internship search. In addition, Career Success staff can assist you with questions and inquiries related to postings – no black hole of applications here. You can also stop by our office to get your questions answered.
Content customized for you
Build your profile; highlight your academic accomplishments, skills, and extracurricular activities and Handshake’s algorithms will display jobs, internships, upcoming events and other opportunities on your profile based on your listed experience, skills, and academic program.
Every employer account and job posting goes through filtering algorithms and is assigned a trust score based on employer activity on the platform, approval and declination at various schools, profile completeness, and more before review by Center staff before it is visible to students. We don’t think you should have to worry about money laundering scams and identity theft in addition to whether your resume looks good, your application is complete, or if you’re going to get an interview. While Handshake is safe we have recently seen an increase in email fraud, where individuals using OSU.edu email addresses pose as Handshake employees and offer fraudulent jobs to students. You must always use critical thinking skills when evaluating any outreach from employers. If you have questions about specific positons you may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your Career Coach. More information about evaluating employment fraud can be found on the Buckeye Careers website.
It’s designed for college students and recent grads
Many job boards host a broad range of postings, but opportunities posted in Handshake target current students and recent graduates, generally with no more than 1 year of career experience.
Employers are specifically seeking Ohio State students
Employers recruit here for many of the same reasons you likely decided to attend Ohio State – the outstanding quality of our academic programs, the amazing co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students, and the caliber of talent Ohio State attracts.
Check out all Handshake has to offer by logging in today!
In order to use Handshake, you must meet one of the following bullet points below, in its entirety:
- Be a student in good standing at Ohio State with all tuition and fees paid, taking classes on the Columbus campus during the current academic term, and enrolled in an undergraduate Arts and Sciences major program
- Be a recent graduate (within the last four academic terms) of an undergraduate Arts and Sciences major program
Those who meet one of the two criteria above will have automatic access to Handshake once they authenticate using their OSU name.# and internet password (same credentials used to log into Carmen and Buckeyelink).
Exceptions to these two situations occasionally exist, such as when a student is studying abroad or is taking coursework at another institution for a semester prior to graduation. If you have questions about whether your specific situation warrants an eligibility exception, please contact ASC Career Success.
Don’t meet the eligibility requirements?
Here are some common referrals. If you are:
- An Arts and Sciences alumnus who is more than four academic terms past your undergraduate graduation: The Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management is available to assist you.
- New to Ohio State (a campus changer, incoming first year student, or transfer student): a Handshake account will be generated for you no later than the first day of classes during the term you begin attending. Please check back then.
- A student at another college or university: Be sure to check out your institution’s career services office – they will be glad to see you!
If a referral for your situation isn’t listed above, feel free to contact ASC Career Success for more information.
As you search through available opportunities, please keep in mind that the posting of an opportunity does not indicate endorsement or recommendation of the employers or opportunities by the University. The University reviews employer requests to post jobs, but does not perform an in-depth review of every job posting or otherwise make any representations, warranties, or guarantees regarding the validity, accuracy, or legitimacy of any of the posted positions. This includes, but is not limited to information provided regarding wages, hours worked, working conditions, or safety. It is up to you to apply due diligence and exercise caution and common sense in your job search. For your privacy and protection when applying to a job online, it is advisable that you do not provide any unnecessary personal information to the prospective employer, provide credit card or bank information, or perform any type of monetary transaction. If you suspect a fraudulent posting or have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Life Buckeye Careers at email@example.com.
If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using the Handshake application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.