Handshake is the career platform used by Syracuse University students, staff, and faculty.

Handshake is used for:

  • Career counseling (Appointments - virtual, in-person)

  • Jobs and internships (Applications, On-Campus Interviews, Reviews)

  • On campus student employment ('CuseWorks)

  • Workshops, immersion trips, and information sessions (Events - virtual, hybrid, and in-person)

  • Career Fairs (Fairs - virtual, in-person)

  • Internship Request Process (Experiences)

The purpose of this space is to provide helpful information to students, staff, and faculty regarding our career platform.

For technical assistance, please email handshake@syr.edu.


Alumni are provided continuous access to Handshake and are encouraged to use Handshake post-graduation for their job search, etc!

Syracuse University has implemented a new policy effective May 2024 that removes access to university email accounts for alumni, 12 months after last term of attendance. This is retroactive and therefore any alumni who graduated May 2023 or later will lose access to their SU email account in May 2024. 

For users with an existing Handshake account that still have access to their SUmail: you MUST follow this quick process to add a personal email address in Handshake and make it your primary email. Failure to add a personal email and make it your primary will result in loss of access to your Handshake account. 

For users with an existing Handshake account that no longer have access to their SUmail: email Handshake@syr.edu for assistance.

For alumni with no existing Handshake account (prior to 2018): you may request an account using your personal email by following the instructions here: Alumni Handshake Account Requests

Note: Please do not create a new Handshake account if you have an existing account. Please email Handshake@syr.edu for assistance.

SUNY ESF Students, Faculty, and Staff

As of 2023, SUNY ESF has transitioned to their own instance of Handshake. Please visit SUNY ESF Career Services to learn more.

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