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Saginaw Valley State University & Handshake

Saginaw Valley State University’s Career Services office is excited to announce our transition to Handshake, a modern career services platform designed to connect students and employers to each other, events, and opportunities. Read on for helpful resources to create and account and how to access Handshake.

  • Handshake hosts employers worldwide who post entry-level job and internship opportunities at SVSU.
  • Once students customize their profiles, Handshake will make job, internship and on-campus event suggestions to each student based on their profile settings.
  • Students can set alerts for certain employers and learn when those employers post opportunities.
  • Handshake will become the main method for students to learn about and register for on-campus career events and interviews.
  • When students choose to make their profile public, employers can recruit students directly through Handshake.
  • Founded in 2014, Handshake is quickly becoming the standard: more than 900 universities, 400,000 organizations and all of the Fortune 500 companies use Handshake.

Handshake - Something for everyone!


All undergraduate and graduate students who have registered for classes should have a Handshake profile linked to their student email. Log in to Handshake using your SVSU network credentials.

  • Free for life!
  • Upload your resume, share documents with employer
  • Search and apply for on-campus/ student employement job, internships and full-time jobs
  • Book appointments with a Career Services professional
  • Register for job and networking fairs and research employers
  • And much more!


Handshake offers employers the ability to post jobs, track applicants, schedule on-campus interviews and register for career fairs and events. Additionally, Handshake offers expanded recruitment potential:

  • Managing all your campuses with Handshake at no cost
  • Post jobs to multiple schools
  • Search for qualified student and alumni candidates
  • Schedule on-campus interviews
  • Register for career fairs
  • And more!


Cardinals for life! Alumni continue to have access to the power of Handshake. SVSU alums can access Handshake by logging in one of two ways:

1) if your SVSU credentials are still active, you can access Handshake by clicking on the "Alumni" login button below
2) if you would like to use a non-SVSU email address to login to Handshake, Use this Instructions for Alumni Access to Handshake (Non-SVSU Email Address) (1,282KB)  to assist you in obtaining access. 

  • Free
  • Upload resume, share your profile with employers
  • Search and apply for jobs
  • And more!


The SVSU Career Services office offers campus staff and faculty a courtesy account for access to Handshake, our online recruiting platform. Joining as a faculty member is completely optional. If you choose to join, you’ll be given a student account, which allows you to: 

  • Customize a profile with attributes similar to students in your department
  • See what students see on Handshake
  • Search employers, jobs internships and fellowships available to SVSU students through the platform
  • Help your students with the internship or job searches
  • Show your classes what Handshake can do for them, and encourage them to activate their accounts
Handshake on the App Store (Apple Devices)
Handshake on the Play Store (Android Devices)

Handshake FAQ

Handshake is a modern platform that is customized to suit your career needs.

  • Handshake will greatly expand the number of employers worldwide who post job and internship opportunities at SVSU.
  • Your feed will be filled with opportunities and events related to your major and interests.
  • You can set alerts for certain employers.
  • You’ll be able to register for events and interviews.

All of this can be done from your computer or the mobile app!

SVSUConnect is a place to find and apply for internship and employment opportunities shared by SVSU alumni, and to reach out to alumni for career-related advice and mentorship. Handshake is a career services platform designed to connect students and employers to each other, events, and opportunities.

Check Recognizing and Avoiding Job Scams on Handshake (3,179KB) on how to identify a fraualent job. If you susepct a fraudalent job, contact

Change your password through SVSU Self-Service password reset. Need additional help? Contact or call 989-964-4954 Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

The Saginaw Valley State University office of Career Services maintains its websites and resources as a service to SVSU students and alumni for their professional career development and job search needs free of charge.

  • The presence or communication of job announcements on any website (including Handshake) maintained by Career Services does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation by Saginaw Valley State University or Career Services.
  • Students and alumni are responsible to independently investigate and assess the credentials and integrity of prospective employers when interviewing for or accepting internships or employment positions.
  • Compensation, working conditions, and all terms and conditions of an internship or employment are agreements between the student/graduate and the employer. Career Services does not become involved in any such agreements, nor will Saginaw Valley State University or Career Services be responsible for any actions or inactions of the employer or organization that arise from or are related to an internship/employment opportunity listed on a website or resource maintained by Career Services.
  • The Career Services websites also contain links to other websites not under the control of Saginaw Valley State University or Career Services, and neither party is responsible for the contents of any linked site, including the accuracy of information, services, or materials provided by these sites or any third parties.


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