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What is Handshake?

Handshake gives you access to:

  • internships and job opportunities
  • career fairs, CAP workshops, and 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?

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

Action may be required if you used RAD

If you have used RAD for your job or internship search, make sure to download any of your resumes, cover letters, or position descriptions for jobs/internships immediately.


If you use RAD now for classroom assignments, Career Fairs, or special events, you will need to download or copy any information that you currently have stored in RAD before our account is deactivated. This would includes mock job postings that you may have created for class assignments.


If you recruit with JMU already, you should have received an invite to join Handshake in late March. You should re-post any open positions that you currently have in RAD to Handshake. For more information on the Handshake platform, visit our Post Jobs and Internships page.

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We’ll be sending information soon on training opportunities for our campus partners to learn more about Handshake this summer.

Self-guided help is also available for:


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