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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!

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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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Recruit On-Campus

Companies who are most successful in recruiting and promoting at UCSB are constantly working to build a consistent presence on campus.

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Hire an Intern

An internship program can be a cost-effective method for identifying candidates for full-time hires and interns become goodwill ambassadors for your intern pipeline.

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Build Your Brand

Make sure students’ understand your brand, your values, and why your company is a good match.

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Recruit Virtually

It is possible -and easy- to create and maintain a recruiting relationship with UCSB and our students through virtual means.

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.

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


Instructions for Registering on Handshake

  1. REGISTER: Fill out the Registration form by clicking on the link above and “Sign Up”. You will be asked to enter your recruiting interests and alma mater, agree to the Employer Guidelines, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy.
  2. VERIFY: Handshake will send you a verification email to the email you provided. Verify your account by clicking “Confirm Email” upon receiving it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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”
  5. 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 and 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 notifying you that the position will be posted and available to UCSB students and alumni.

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

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.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for their "Work-Study Program Employer Handbooks" for on-campus departments and non-profit agencies. The Work-Study Unit has created a new page that stores up-to-date information regarding the use of work-study for student employees during the COVID-19 response.

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

  • July 30, 2022:  Departments can begin to post work-study positions on Handshake to get them in the pipeline for review.
  • Aug 15, 2022: The Office of Financial Aid will begin to approve postings on this date, and students will be able to review and apply to work-study postings. 
  • Sept 18, 2022: First-day students can start to work under Work-Study. Students can print their 2022-2023 Work-Study Referral Forms 10 days before the first day of Fall quarter instruction, on Monday, September 12, 2023.
  • May 27, 2023:  Final date students can work under Work-Study for off-campus affiliated employers.
  • May 31, 2023:  Final date students can work under Work-Study for Monthly employees.
  • June 10, 2023: 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
LinkedIn Salary Resource

CA Minimum Wage 

Schedule for California Minimum Wage rate 2017-2023

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(805) 893-4412

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



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