Middlebury College transitioned to Handshake a year ago to give students a digital platform that would grant better access to internships and other work and experience opportunities. So far, the app has allowed students to search for openings, schedule appointments, sign up for programs and events, submit applications, and more.
“Handshake has been a game changer with students because it makes CCI’s resources so accessible,” said Tim Mosehauer, associate director of advising at CCI. “They can do everything in one place, including apply for CCI internship funding. I use Handshake every day in multiple ways to engage students and navigate resources with them.”
Handshake is a bit like a mix of LinkedIn and Eventbrite. It combines the functions of a social media platform and a job board with the features of an event management and scheduling system. Students can set up one-on-one conversations with advisors, recruiters, and Middlebury alumni, as well as create professional profiles that include résumés, skills, courses, and career interests.
According to Peggy Burns, director of the Center for Careers and Internships, Handshake has been an unambiguous hit with Middlebury students—more than 90 percent of sophomores, juniors, and seniors have activated their accounts. This rate is almost 25 percent higher than the average among students at the more than 700 schools that use the platform.
There are nearly 9,000 employers using Handshake to find and hire Middlebury students for internships and full-time jobs, including leading organizations and companies such as Wayfair, the Council on Foreign Relations, Girls Who Code, Under Armour, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
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