Overall Satisfaction with Handshake
I've used Handshake for the past two years to find interns. In fact, it was a previous intern who told me about it in the first place. I'm a solopreneur, so having a couple of extra hands is extremely beneficial, and I knew I could make a great learning experience for an intern as well. I'm a copywriter and marketing consultant, so most of my interns have been PR and marketing majors. And I like the fact that I can target specific schools. Since I work by and for myself, having interns has been terrific in getting an additional perspective for my business.
- I like that I can target specific schools.
- I like that I can interact with the university's career department to improve my listing, get feedback, and have them help promote internally.
- It's not an intuitive system. Even after using it for two years, I forget where features are from time-to-time when I need to edit or make updates.
- As compared to another site I use, it's a little confusing to figure out where you should add when you're accepting applicants and when the internship starts and finishes.
- Since the job description has to usually be approved by someone at the university, their feedback has helped me develop a more clear and thorough listing.
- I have received some great candidates through Handshake that have gone on to become interns I've kept in touch with after leaving.
Outside of personal relationships and Facebook groups, I use Handshake as well as Internships.com to find interns. While I sometimes like the easier format of Internships.com, I don't like the fact that I can't target schools. It's worldwide, so I rarely get the candidates I'm looking for. Mine is a very part-time internship, and it requires excellent writing skills, so being contacted by someone who needs help with a Visa or where English is a second language isn't helpful.
I don't think I've had to contact support for Handshake before. I have interacted with the university contacts on multiple occasions, and that is always helpful, even if they don't approve my post. (ex: If I have to provide equipment) I've recommend Handshake to multiple people, and I don't think any of them have contacted support before either. I guess that's a good thing!
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Handshake is mostly suited for internships or entry-level positions since you can also target recent graduates. Internships can be paid or unpaid, short, long, or whatever you need. But descriptions need to be well thought out and clear, or the university may not approve it. Handshake would not be suitable, I don't think, for trying to find employees more than a year out of college. I don't think of it as a regular job posting site.