Wayne State University



Why should I register with Career Services?


Activating your account on Handshake enables students & alumni to participate in services offered at main campus Career Services:

  • Online job postings – View job opportunities and apply directly to employers who post available positions
  • Information regarding upcoming career events – Receive e-mails on various career-related activities on and off campus
  • Information regarding employment opportunities – Receive e-mails about current job opportunities
  • On-campus interviews – Sign up for an interview or submit a resume for  interviewing consideration
  • Resume Referrals – Post a resume and submit it to interested employers

NOTE: This is a free and confidential service to WSU Students and Alumni. 


How do I register with Career Services?


Current students have automatically been added into Handshake. To register with Career Services, simply activate your account by logging into it once.

How to activate your Handshake Account

  1. Go to https://wayne.joinhandshake.com/
  2. Enter your Wayne State email address (example:  ab1234@wayne.edu)
  3. Click on the blue Wayne State University Sign On box
  4. Enter your WSU Academica ID (example: ab1234) and password
  5. update your page information


Where do I find a list of job opportunities?


Full-time Jobs are listed on Handshake under the Jobs and Internship link.

Off-Campus Part-time Jobs are listed on Handshake and in the Career Services office on the front office bulletin boards.

On-Campus Student Employment are listed on Handshake and in the Career Services office on the front office bulletin boards.

Internship opportunities are listed on Handshake under the Jobs and Internship link and in the Career Services office on the front office bulletin boards.

Go to Handshake.


Where do I find a listing of on-campus interviews?


On-Campus interviews are listed on Handshake under the On-Campus like.

Any Students/Alumni who are interested in viewing the details of an On-Campus interview must activate their Handshake account, update their page information and upload a resume to their page. On-Campus Interviews are listed on Handshake under the On-Campus Interviews tab.  

To view the details about On-Campus Interviewing events:

  • Log on to Handshake
  • Select the "On-Campus Interviews" tab on the left side of the page.

Go to Handshake.


How do Employers see my resume?


If you would like your resume to be seen by employers, please activate your Handshake account and upload your resume to your profile. This will allow it to be viewable to employers as they search for candidates on Handshake.
It is extremely important to keep your resume up to date if you upload it to your profile. If you need assistance with your resume please see a stop-in counselor during stop-in counseling hours.

Go to Handshake.


How do I participate in a Co-op?



Employers may contact Career Services to request resumes, set up interview schedules, or arrange for a cooperative education coordinator to visit the employer's office to discuss specifics of the program.


Students should attend a Co-op Information Workshop the semester prior to expected placement.  After attending a workshop, each student will schedule an individual appointment with the appropriate co-op coordinator.  The coordinator will explore available opportunities with the student.  Assignments are located in the Metro Detroit area, within the state of Michigan, and in various cities throughout the United States.  Students are referred to employers by the coordinator and are selected by the employer on the basis of individual merit.

Please visit our Co-op webpage for workshop hours.


What types of workshops does Career Services offer?


Each semester, Career Services hosts a variety of career-related presentations and information sessions for students and alumni.

Topics have included:

  • Career Decisions
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Resume Writing Techniques
  • Job Fair Preparation
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Student Employment
  • Cooperative Education Info Session


Can I use Career Services if I have already graduated?


Alumni are encouraged to utilize our services by creating a Handshake account and uploading a resume. Career Services receives employer job postings for new grads and alumni frequently. For information about our Alumni Services please visit the link below.

Students and Alumni


How do I participate in Work-study?


To participate in College Work-Study (CWS), students must first apply to receive a College Work-Study award through the Financial Aid Office. After receiving a College Work-Study award, students can visit Career Services (1001 Faculty/Administration Building) to find a listing of CWS jobs. Placement Assistance is provided in matching students to their interests.


What services does Career Services offer?


  • Career/Employment Counseling
  • Career Development Resources
  • College Work-Study Jobs
  • Career Resource Labs
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Professional Networking Events (Career Fairs, Meet & Greets, Employer Presentations, etc.)
  • Full Time Employment Resources
  • Internship Employment Resources
  • Student Employment
  • Summer Employment
  • Career-Related Seminars & Workshops
  • Job Postings


Can someone write my resume for me?


Career Services is available to assist students and alumni in creating a resume. If you do not have a resume or would like to have your current resume reviewed by a career counselor, please stop by during our Stop In Counseling hours and a counselor will guide you on the proper path to creating a professional resume.

Stop In Counseling Hours


When are the Career/Job Fairs?


Fall Semester Career Fairs

Career Services Employment Expo - All Majors
School of Business Administration
Meet the Accounting Firms
College of Engineering
Michigan Collegiate Job Fair

Winter Semester Career Fairs

N.O.B.L.E. Criminal Justice
College of Education
College of Engineering
Michigan Collegiate Job Fair

NOTE: All Career Fairs are subject to change. Career Services will list Career Fair information under the "Events" section on our homepage.


As an Employer, how do I post a job?


Career Services is happy to help employers connect with Wayne State University students and alumni. We utilize Handshake as our main option for employers to post jobs. To begin posting your positions on Handshake, please visit the link below.

Job posting options


What is the difference between an Internship and a Co-op?


Career Services' Cooperative Education and Internship opportunities typically offer students temporary paid work experiences which relate to a student's major or career goals.

Internships:  Students or recent graduates undergo supervised work training in an environment which typically relates to their major or career goals.

Co-ops:  Students participate in work opportunities related to their field of study. Companies create work plans for students and Career Services monitors the students progress. Evaluations are completed by both the student and the employer. Students earn official acknowledgment on their university transcripts for participating in a co-op position.
Employers have communicated to Career Services that neither experience outweighs the other. They have expressed, though, a high interest in having these students incorporated into their candidate pools when recruiting. Career Services highly suggests that students who have the opportunity to participate in an internship or co-op experience do so.