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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.
Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend to Handshake to Win $10,000!

1. Go to the Refer a Friend page in Handshake

2. Click the Copy Link button, and paste your code into an email, Facebook post, text message, etc.

It takes less than a minute to refer a friend to use Handshake, and you AND your friend could each win $10,000! Handshake is offering $20,000 to be split between a referrer-referee pair! The more friends you refer between now and Nov. 30th, the more chances you have to win! They’re also giving away $5,000 to whoever refers the most people overall (from any participating Handshake school).

See Handshake’s FAQ page about student referrals and the Contest Terms and Conditions for more information.

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, 2018.


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.



Self-guided tutorials are available on the Handshake website for:

Watch our tutorial for help with Getting Started in Handshake:


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