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What is Handshake?

Handshake gives you access to:

  • internships and job opportunities
  • on-campus interviews
  • career fairs, CAP workshops, and other events
  • employer events and information sessions, and
  • appointments with career and academic advisors in CAP.

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Who can use it?
  • Students from any JMU program of study can find plenty of opportunities, with over 200,000 jobs listed.
  • Alumni have access to all of Handshake for 1 year, and many features for a lifetime.
  • Faculty can contact their CAP liaison for information about using Handshake in the classroom.
  • Employers can visit our Post Jobs and Internships page for information on advertising positions.
When did Handshake replace Recruit-A-Duke?

Handshake replaced Recruit-A-Duke (RAD) as the new platform for JMU students’ job and internship search on May 2nd, and RAD was discontinued on June 30th.


Handshake currently serves more than 500+ other universities with a more comprehensive, user-friendly system. The Handshake mission is to level the playing field of opportunities for students, regardless of their school, location, or people they know.


  • Makes it easier for universities to broaden employer relationships, both regionally and globally.
  • Increases employment opportunities 3-4x per school.
  • Connects universities with over 250,000 unique employers from every industry and region.
  • Helps colleges drive 60% more student engagement on the platform because content is tailored to each student’s unique needs and interests.



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