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Registration for Fall 2024 classes is now open. You can register today!

Get ahead and get hired.

Handshake offers many exciting features, including personalized job recommendations based on your major and interests, access to internships, part-time and full-time employment opportunities in a variety of fields and locations, and opportunities to make connections with other students, alumni, and employers. Your information is pre-loaded into Handshake and ready to go!

Handshake How-To: first five days on Handshake

Activate Your Account

First Year Students

Incoming first-year students will receive a Handshake account 24 hours after registering for classes. At that time, you can follow the directions indicated below. 

Current Students

Once you register for classes, you will receive a Handshake account. If you have never logged into Handshake, please follow the steps below to complete your profile. 

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As a graduate of Northland, you can still access Handshake to schedule appointments, apply for jobs, join events, and network with employers. If you are interested in a Handshake account, please check out the resources below.

Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Job Postings

Northland diligently screens against fraudulent employer postings in our Handshake database. However, students should use reasonable caution in all avenues of their job search and employer communications. If you notice suspicious employer language or behavior, please report it to Northland staff immediately.


Northland utilizes Handshake, an online job posting and recruiting platform. Handshake is a career management system where employers can post job and internship opportunities, request interviews, register for events, and engage with students and alumni.

Benefits of using Handshake:

  • Handshake allows employers to have a one-stop shop for recruiting efforts.  
  • Employers can post jobs to multiple institutions using the Multi-School Job Posting Option—for FREE.  
  • Utilizing the filter options allows all employers to find the best fit for each position.  
  • Virtual or in-person events can be hosted by employers and seen by all students and alumni.