Handshake Hacks: Logging In

By: Tara Golenberke, marketing professional in the education industry, and former digital media & marketing manager at the DePaul Career Center

DePaul students and alumni have a tool to help them make the most of their future career choices. The DePaul Career Center invites you to “say hello to Handshake.” Handshake is your online hub for finding jobs, internships, career-related events and content all tailored to fit your needs and interests. So, how do you log in and get started?

Recently, Handshake announced the release of a new login workflow. Here’s how to navigate the fresh design:

When visiting depaul.joinhandshake.com, you will be greeted with the below login page. From here, there are two ways you can sign in to your account:

1. [Recommended] Option one is to simply press the DePaul University Login link at the bottom. After you press DePaul University Login, Handshake will direct you to sign in using your Campus Connect credentials. Please note, all students and recent alumni have an account tied to their Campus Connect already.


2. Option two is to plug in the email address associated with your Handshake account, press Continue and follow the prompts to sign in. If you are a mentor, please log in this way, as you will be given the Mentor Login option once your email is verified, as seen below. 

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Once you enter your information, you’ll then have access to your account and will be free to explore all that Handshake has to offer, such as:

  • Jobs and internships that align with your skills and interests
  • Career-related events and job fairs
  • ASK mentors, or DePaul alumni, that are involved in industries that interest you
  • Employers you’ve been scouting

Having trouble logging in? A Handshake help team is available!

If you need to recover or reset your Campus Connect password, please contact TSC at 312-362-8765.

If you graduated before the year 2000 and do not have a Campus Connect account, or if you are having other difficulties logging in to Handshake, please click here.


Finding Your Career Path: UIP 240

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

UIP 240 is a 2-credit course offered by the University Internship Program (UIP) through DePaul. The class is structured to guide students on possible career options and help them explore their interests and major. The class is based on the individual and what he/she is looking to gain from the experience. Amal Saleh, former job fair & events manager at the Career Center, says the UIP 240 class really shaped her experience at DePaul.

Amal took the class as a freshman after a Career Advisor recommended the course to her. She mentioned that one of the benefits of taking the class was that it fit directly into her tuition package of 18 credit hours. Amal also said, “the class assisted me tremendously with identifying my major, career, and how to translate that at networking events.” The course evaluates your personality through assessments like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and then helps you translate that into possible career choices and majors. The class is designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to identify your academic and career path.

The class [UIP 240] assisted me tremendously with identifying my major, career…

Some of these skills may even follow you long after the class. Amal says that she still refers to the “skills card deck” that was presented to her in class in order to prioritize her interests and stay on her career path. She also enjoyed how the class always presented her with assignments that exposed new skills, such as public speaking and networking, which she did not know she possessed. Every day she was surprised by her own interests, and learned how to translate them to help her in her academic work.

Another thing that surprised Amal was that UIP 240 made her realize that her original major was not for her. Amal entered the class as a marketing major, but soon realized that “the major did not reflect [her] interests or passions.” Without this guidance, Amal would never have been given the knowledge to find the major that was right for her. Amal says, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the assistance and guidance from this class and the professor.”

UIP 240 gives great advice to any student at DePaul who is not 100% sure of what they are interested in. Amal recommends this class to anyone who would like a bit of guidance and advice in translate their interests into a fulfilling major/career. There are so many different takeaways from the class that anyone who takes it is sure to find something they enjoy and will use later on.

Want to learn more about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

Experiencing the Life of a Professional…in One Day

By: Rachel Chessky, DePaul University marketing and economics major ’16

Thank you to all who have applied for the 2015-2016 Professional Exploration Program (PEP). It was a great success! Not familiar with PEP? PEP is a one-day learning opportunity that offers students the chance to experience firsthand the life of a professional. The University Internship Program and the Employer and Internship Development Team were very proud to see how DePaul students took advantage and made the most of this opportunity.

DePaul students, Cassandra Baron and Jessica Brana, took part in PEP this year and shadowed at two very different organizations. Cassandra was given the opportunity to shadow at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute with the Population Management Team, while Jessica spent the day at the Office of Congressman Mike Quigley.

They both had an excellent experience and would recommend PEP to any DePaul student. Here is what they had to say about their one-day learning opportunity:

Sneak Peek: Shadowing Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute

Cassandra spent the day going to different nature preserves collecting hair samples, re-bating traps, collecting images taken from tree cameras and going to the lab to test the hair samples for a stress hormone as well as participated in an animal trading simulation. She was fully immersed in the Lincoln Park Zoo experience and was able to solidify that this is the career path for her.

When asked what she took away from the program, she responded, “the need and benefit of networking; I made so many great connections through this program, which will hopefully lead to an internship.” Cassandra went on to add how great PEP looks on a resume and how the experiences can help students get a feel for the career they hope to pursue.

Immersing yourself with professionals in your field of interest and witnessing firsthand their daily responsibilities will help you better understanding whether this career is truly right for you.

Sneak Peek: A Day with Congressman Mike Quigley

Jessica, on the other hand, spent her day learning about the different roles everyone plays in supporting the congressman. She also spent a lot of her time with Congressman Mike Quigley himself downtown and at different events throughout the community. While the day was busy from the very beginning, Jessica noted it was a great experience to see what a typical day looks like.

Similar to Cassandra, when asked what she took away, Jessica replied, “Networking is key!” Networking is an essential part in meeting professionals in your field who may one day offer you a job. As a result of her PEP experience, Congressman Mike Quigley offered Jessica an internship during winter and spring quarter!

If you want to spend a day shadowing someone in your field of interest, gaining new experiences, and building your network, don’t miss out on PEP! If you would like more information about PEP or scoring an internship, please reach out to us at UIP@depaul.edu.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Freshman Arts Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.

As a freshman, your first thoughts generally are not “how do I get my first internship?” but more along the lines of “how do I get myself up to get to my 9 a.m. class on time?” However, there are a lot of benefits from becoming a freshman intern and getting experience in your desired field. Internships in your freshman year can also serve as an exploration into careers that you may be interested in.

Maggie Baker, a DePaul anthropology major, had the opportunity to work at the Life Force Arts Center as a freshman, and really enjoyed the experience. When she began working there, she started as the programming assistant, but Maggie soon worked her way up and started doing tasks for all areas in the art center. She worked on finances, administrative tasks, and her favorite, creating exhibit guides and selecting pieces for the shows. Throughout this time, Maggie also had the privilege of getting one-on-one mentoring from the owner.

How can you, too, score an exciting opportunity and experience? Well, the first step is to start looking!  There are many ways to make the process less intimidating, and run smoothly. Here’s a quick checklist on how to help you secure a freshman internship:

  • Decide if you want a paid or unpaid opportunity
  • Start looking on Handshake for an internship and visit your career advisor
  • See a peer career advisor at the Career Center for a quick resume review
  • Start applying for internships and pay close attention to the deadlines
  • Rock the interview after some help from the career center!

Using this guide, or following your own, can help you land that great first college internship. Starting out early can “prepare you for the work-school-life balance,” Maggie says. Plus, having an internship under your belt early will attract employers and is key information to add to your resume.

Another highlight of being a freshman intern, Maggie says, is that “they aren’t going to treat you like a freshman.” Internships aren’t going to hold back or dilute the experience just because you’re in your first year, so you don’t have to worry about not gaining valuable skills.

They [employers] aren’t going to treat you like freshman.

There are many employers out there that are willing to take on freshman interns. Don’t get discouraged if at first it seems as if they only want older candidates. There is a position out there for all majors. If you’re having trouble, Maggie recommends using all the resources DePaul has to offer, especially within the career center.

Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a UX Design Intern

By: Sean Nasi, DePaul University digital cinema major ’15

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.

Saad Riaz, a computer science student, came out of his experience as a UX design intern at Perkins + Will with nothing but great things to say.

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“I learned how to solve problems in a real world environment where small decisions had very large effects,” Saad said. According to Saad, none of that learning would have been possible had it not been for his amazing colleagues at Perkins + Will. Saad enjoyed being taught by his mentors, who had an “open door” policy. They made themselves available whenever he needed help, even extending past the office into corporate basketball, ping-pong matches and breaks in the coffee room.

“Murali Selvaraj, the chief information officer, is the most dynamic person I have ever met; he was very experienced, sharp and energetic,” Saad said about one of his mentors. “Every conversation I had with him was a learning experience. He had an ability to spark great ideas on the fly—and he really taught me how to take a thought or idea and convert it into an action.”

Murali, and others at Perkins + Will, always encouraged Saad to trust his instincts and stand up for his opinions. The amount of effort that went into mentoring him really helped solidify the experience as a positive one for Saad.

In addition to learning from his colleagues, Saad also had the opportunity to teach them a thing or two. Over time, Saad learned the importance of providing his honest opinions and became more comfortable giving constructive criticism to his superiors. In doing so, Saad not only strengthened his skills, but this also made him confident that he was on the right track to success.

“Oftentimes, the most experienced people have been doing the same work for years. As an intern, you present a fresh outsider’s perspective that can really have a positive impact in terms of innovation for any firm,” Saad explained.

Looking for an internship of your own? Check out some of Saad’s tips!

  1. Check out internship opportunities posted online, including Handshake: “Once you find a few opportunities that are exciting for you, spend a lot of time learning about that company and creating a cover letter and resume that showcases your skills and abilities to best fit the requirements of that position.”
  2. Be strategic about where and how you are applying to internships: “Be patient. I’ve seen many friends make the mistake of applying to as many internship positions as possible…I actually made the same mistake at first. I think people do this out of the insecurity of not getting an internship, so they just apply everywhere…When you apply to a lot of places that you’re not really interested in, you risk the chance of your resume and cover letter seeming too generic.”
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help by scheduling an appointment with a career advisor!

Want to learn more about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

Personal Branding & Standing Out

By: Mariah Cowan, DePaul University digital communications and media arts graduate student ’16

You know you’re awesome, but how will you let employers know that you’re awesome?

Go to college, get a degree and land your dream job. As simple as it may sound, there is so much more that goes into developing your career. You can’t walk into an interview with only your degree and expect to get the job on the spot. Employers are looking for people who stand out. You have to present yourself in a professional manner in order to impress employers. So, how can you get employers to think you’re simply stellar?

Brand yourself! Think about it. Why do you buy the brands you use? Because they stand out from the rest? They present themselves better than others? So how will you? You probably know the basics: Nice and clean resume, professional dress, etc. But have you considered building a portfolio? Or a personal website?

In an article I read titled, “Do you need to build a personal website to land a job,” there are three professional benefits of having a personal website. They include the following:

  1. Sharing your expertise – What can you do? Share your accomplishments.
  2. Building your personal brand – Create a professional presence online.
  3. Establishing yourself as a thought leader – Establish industry credibility.

I believe the same benefits apply for a portfolio. Portfolios allow you to showcase your skills and experiences. It shows that you not only can talk the talk, but you can walk the walk.

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Here’s what our professionals, Sarah Highstone and Micheal Elias, had to say about the topic:

“Students who show employers, through digital portfolios, their work online have an advantage over students who do not.” – Sarah Highstone, former Career Specialist for Computing and Digital Media

“A digital portfolio allows applicants to expand on their brand beyond resume data, a business card, etc., by promoting concrete evidence of their work and school accomplishments. If employers can point to artifacts that support the content on a students’ resume, it can give them an advantage in the application process over applicants without concrete evidence.” – Michael Elias, Assistant Director, Career Specialist for College of Communication

But is this true for all students? What if employers do not require a portfolio? “I would think it can help an applicant stand out even in traditional fields where it’s typically not required, since it presents something new to the hiring manager,” says Micheal.

I agree with Michael. Whatever helps you stand out, I say go for it!