Our story began in 2014 in college at Michigan Tech University in remote Houghton, Michigan, covered by 200 inches of snow a year and eight hours from Chicago or Detroit. We had limited opportunities to quickly or easily connect with their dream jobs in Silicon Valley. And we watched friends and extremely qualified students struggle to start their careers.
We set out to help every college student find the right job for them, no matter where they go to school, what they’re majoring in, or who they know.
To do that, we partnered with colleges to create a tool that would engage students throughout college, help democratize access to the best opportunities across the country, and better match students and employers.
Launched in 2014, Handshake is the number one site for college students to find a job. Today, the Handshake community includes 18 million students and young alumni from 1,400 educational institutions including four-year colleges, community colleges, boot camps, and 290+ minority-serving institutions. We connect up-and-coming talent across all 50 states with nearly 600,000+ employers recruiting on Handshake — from every Fortune 500 company to thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, startups, and more. Handshake is democratizing opportunity and ensuring college students have the support they need to find a great job and kick-off a meaningful career.
Read more about Handshake at www.joinhandshake.com.