Experiences webpage screenshotBest Practices

Looking to begin your journey with using Experiences as part of your workflow or not sure how to take advantage of this feature? Start with Experiences Training on the right.

Deciding when to use Experiences...

You should use Experiences if you are currently working with, planning to work with, or know of others who are working with students in regards to direct employer-collaborative experiences, such as, but not limited to:

  1. Internships
  2. Research
  3. Co-operative Education (Co-op)
  4. Assistanships
  5. Apprenticeships

These experiences can be either for-credit or paid and can be remote or on-site. If you've completed associated trainings and are still unsure of whether your experience is the right fit for Experiences in Handshake, please contact or for more information.

With Experiences (see Experiences at a Glance on the right for more in-depth information):

  1. Students submit their experience (internship for credit / no-credit) to Experiences in Handshake. This is utilizing the template and workflow YOU build in Handshake.
  2. Approval kickoff begins for your career services staff.
  3. Approval begins for YOUR assigned reviewers (optional) to your experience template(s). This can include associated mid-term and final evaluations as needed.
  4. Internship occurs
  5. Evaluation begins automatically based on YOUR criteria.
  6. Report on successes of each experience!


Students who input their internship information through experiences are allowed to approve an automated update to their Handshake Profile based on the experience information they submitted. This support our University goal of 100% Handshake profile completion.

For detailed information on creating your own experience templates, see Creating and Managing Experiences.

Default Search Filters

We’ll use the Jobs tab for this example. This is the same process for this section as well.

First, create your search:

  1. Click Jobs on the left-hand navigation bar.
  2. You will see toward the left of the screen a list of filters you can use to create the criteria for your search.  Filters include items such as Job Type, Salary Type, School Year, etc.  Select the criteria for your search.  You will see that the list of Jobs change as you narrow your search by adding additional criteria.

Next, follow these steps if you’d like to save your search results:

  1. Click Save These Filters.
    1. Remember, by saving your search you are saving the criteria for the search, not the data the search yielded.  The jobs meeting this criteria could possibly change from day to day.
  2. Enter a Name and Description of your search and click Save.

Save filters preview

Lastly, follow these steps if you’d like to make your search filters your default search filter:

  1. Click My Saved Filters.
  2. A My Saved Filters window will appear.  Click the three ellipses next to the saved search of your choice. Choose Set as Default.

    DO NOT PRESS "APPLY FILTERS". Instead, refresh the page.
  3. Your search in now your default search. Each time you return to the page, you will only see these set preferences.
    1. Feel free to remove certain searches as you need or set new default searches as needed.

saved filters for job postings

Be Advised

Once a template is created, it can't be deleted. Please edit all "Test" templates to the templates you need when you're ready. It's best practice to keep the list of Draft and available templates to a minimum. The longer the list of available templates, the longer the list students will need to scroll through before finding the template they need.

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