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We are excited about your interest in hiring Gauchos! We have hundreds of students at any given time looking for full-time, part-time, on-campus, and internship opportunities. UCSB has more than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials offered through five schools and a graduate division. Whether you are looking to hire a Ph.D. researcher, a mid-level manager, or an entry-level employee, our talented students possess the right skill set to meet your hiring objectives.

Browse our tips and resources below to learn more about recruiting at UCSB and our premium recruitment platform, Handshake. We look forward to connecting you to our beautiful campus and helping you find the talent you need for your organization’s growth and success!

Sign up for a Group Employer Information Session and learn first-hand about the services we provide, such as:

  • Quarterly Career Fairs
  • In-person and virtual information sessions
  • Handshake
  • Marketing/brand-building options

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Post a Position

Handshake is UCSB’s online gateway to posting positions. Every student has access to Handshake and this is the first place they go when looking for opportunities.

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Post a Position

Handshake is UCSB’s online gateway to posting positions, scheduling on-campus interviews, requesting information sessions, and registering for career fairs. Every student has access to Handshake, and this is the first place they go when looking for opportunities. Below, you will find instructions on how to register for a Handshake account and post a position, tips on how to use Handshake to connect to students, information on Work-Study, and helpful salary resources.

If you already have a Handshake account, skip to “Instructions for Posting a Job on Handshake”.

You need a user account in order to log in and use Handshake. If you need to create a new Handshake account…

  1. You will first be asked to enter your company-supplied email and a new password.
  2. You will then be asked to enter information about yourself and the jobs you will be offering. The more information you provide the faster your account will be reviewed. 
  3. You will be asked to verify your email account by checking an email sent to you.
  4. You will then be asked to join an existing company or enter a new one. Again, the more info you provide the faster your account will be reviewed.
  5. Handshake’s Trust and Safety unit will then review your account request. You should hear back from them within a single work day.
  6. You will then be able to enter your job and select the University of California, Santa Barbara to post it.
  7. UCSB’s Employer Engagement group will review your job for posting at UCSB. 


Instructions for Registering on Handshake

  1. REGISTER: You will need to create a user account in order to log in and use Handshake. Register for a Handshake User Account at... 

    Register for a New Handshake User Account

    Start the process by selecting the button above, entering your company email and a new password, and selecting “Sign Up”.
  2. JOB POSTING: You will then be asked to enter information for your job posting. You can read about this below under "Instructions for Posting a Job on Handshake".
  3. VERIFY: Handshake will send you a verification email to the email you provided. Verify your account by clicking “Confirm Email” upon receiving it.
  4. CONNECT WITH YOUR COMPANY: After confirming your email, if your company already exists, Handshake should prompt you to connect with your organization. You can also use the search bar to find your company or click the “Create New Company” button. You can read about this below under "Tips for Creating an Employer Account on Handshake".
  5. CONNECT WITH UCSB: Use the search bar to find "University of California, Santa Barbara" and click the “+” button to the right of the school. Then click “Next: Finish”
  6. CONFIRMATION: Your connection will be reviewed by UCSB Career Services staff. Once reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that you are now connected with UCSB.

Having trouble? Visit the Handshake Help Center which contains step-by-step instructions along with screenshots.


Instructions for Posting a Job on Handshake

Now that you are connected with UCSB on Handshake, you can post your job!

  1. POST A JOB: Log in to Handshake by entering your email into the EMPLOYER field after going to the Employer Login Page.

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    Handshake Employer Login Screen

    Once logged in, click “Post a Job” on your home dashboard. You will be asked to provide information in regards to the Job Basics, Job Details, and Job Preferences. *Please note - according to UCSB Career Services policies, cooperative education positions will not be approved.
  2. SCHOOL SELECTION: Use the search bar to find "University of California, Santa Barbara" and then confirm the apply start date and expiration date.
  3. SAVE: Choose “Save” on the bottom navigation to create and review your job.
  4. CONFIRMATION: Your job posting will be reviewed by UCSB Career Services staff. Once reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email that the position will be posted and available to UCSB students and alumni. The more information you provide about your posting, the faster we can review and approve your job.

PLEASE REVIEW our recruitment policies on registering for Handshake, posting jobs, internships, and “unpaid internships”, as well as our internship posting guidelines.


Tips for Creating an Employer Account on Handshake 

Questions? Visit Handshake Help Center 


Additional Resources

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Access Student Resumes

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Work Study

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Salary/Wage Resources

With a Handshake account, you will be able to sort through UCSB student resumes that have been made public and have previously interacted with your company. You can use this tool to reach out to potential candidates for the role(s) you are recruiting for. Below are three resources with step-by-step instructions.
How to Search for Students
How to Download Public Resumes.
How to Send a Job or Event Campaign.
How to Send a Student a Message.

The Work-Study Program (WSP) encourages the part-time employment of UCSB's undergraduate and graduate students. Their earnings help them to defray the cost of their education. WSP positions should complement and reinforce a recipient's academic and/or career goals, serve the public interest and, whenever possible, directly involve the recipient in community service activities to the maximum extent possible.

NOTE: UCSB Financial Aid does not accept work-study positions over the summer. Over the summer months (June-Sept), employers are welcome to submit postings to be reviewed by Career Services as non-work-study positions. The UCSB Work-Study Program will resume approving Work-Study job postings for each academic year in mid-August.

Work-Study Calendar
Work-Study Positions are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and a minimum of 5 business days is needed. Here are the dates for this academic year to approve work-study positions:

  • July 31, 2023: Departments can begin to post work-study positions on Handshake to get them in the pipeline for review
  • Aug 14, 2023: The Office of Financial Aid will begin to approve postings on this date, and students can review and apply for work-study postings. 
  • Sept 17, 2023: First-day students can start to work under Work-Study. Students can print their 2023-2024 Work-Study Referral Forms 10 days before the first day of Fall quarter instruction.
  • May 25, 2024:  Final date students can work under Work-Study for off-campus affiliated employers.
  • May 31, 2024:  Final date students can work under Work-Study for Monthly employees.
  • June 8, 2024: Final date students can work under Work-Study for a Bi-Weekly on-campus Work-Study position.

Please refer any questions about work-study positions to the Financial Aid Office:

We rely on the latest information from National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for the latest salary reports and job market information. We encourage you to review NACE resources when determining the salary ranges for your open positions and internships. Some of the NACE reports are free and some can be purchased. The staff at Career Services does not advise employers on salary questions; rather we encourage you to use the resources below and to consult with you human resources department.

NACE Compensation Resources
NACE Research Reports
NACE Job Market Internship Resources
NACE Talent Acquisition Internship Resources
NACE Job Market Trends & Predictions

We’ve also found the following websites to be helpful when benchmarking and comparing salaries across job functions and industry. 

Glassdoor Salary Resource

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Building Access (M-F)

Building Access: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm
CRR Access: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed during official university holidays
See advising section for service-specific hours

Appointment Hours (M-F)

Peer Drop-In Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Peer Appt Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Counselor Appt Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
See the Advising section for service-specific hours

Phone and Email

(805) 893-4412


Location, Directions & Parking

Career Services is located in Building 599, the pink building next to Storke Tower
See Visit UCSB for campus info and directions. Parking in Lot 22 (permit required)

Mailing Address

Career Services, Bldg. 599
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106-7140

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