Recruit and Connect with UAA Talent

Ways to connect with UAA talent:

  • Connect with student through an employer Handshake Account
  • Attend on-campus recruitment events 
  • Advertise open jobs and internships 
  • Host student jobs and internships with your organization
  • Share your expertise at career networking events
  • Table on campus 

Get Started With Handshake

Create a free employer account with Handshake, UA’s career management platform for students and alumni. Through Handshake you can post jobs and internships, manage applications and interviews, register for on-campus recruiting events, communicate with students and alumni, and more.


Employer Engagement Opportunities

Connect with UAA students and meet job seekers at UAA’s on-campus recruitment and networking events. 

Dates Event Registration
October 13-14, 2019 Anchorage Alaska College and Career Fair Register

Internship Guide for Employers

Hosting student internships is a valuable way to engage students in their learning experiences and career development. Career Exploration & Services (CES) has a unique and well-developed internship program that provides opportunities for students to take the principles, theories and best practices they have learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world situations in a structured environment. CES partners with the following UAA departments to facilitate internships:

  • Justice
  • Biology
  • Business Administration (undergraduate & graduate)
  • Management, Marketing & Finance
  • Property Management
  • Accounting and Economics
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Architectural and Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Information Systems

How to Host an Internship

  1. Appoint an internship manager/supervisor: We recommend each intern has at least one point of contact in your organization to sign documents, answer questions, provide feedback and provide general support during the internship experience.
  2. Develop a job description: Interns should be engaged in challenging work that is related to their major and is recognized by your organization as valuable. Keep in mind, UAA interns may only work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Over the summer and during academic breaks, interns may work up to 40 hours per week. On average, internships are 12-15 weeks long.
    Example of hours worked to credits earned:
    • 75 Hours: 1 Credit
    • 150 Hours: 2 Credits
    • 225 Hours: 3 Credits
  3. Plan a recruitment cycle: Internships are tied to the UAA three-semester academic year. Students may start an internship after the semester begins, but this could impact their ability to earn credit by grading deadlines. Aligning your recruitment seasons with the academic year will help students meet deadlines and could improve your application numbers.
  4. Create a Handshake account and connect to UAA: You can use Handshake to post job positions, manage applications and interviews, and communicate with potential employees. Handshake has a “Genius Algorithm” that automatically connects your position with students with the skills and academic interests you’re looking for. This is a free service for both employers and students.
  5. Interview and select candidates: Employers may conduct interviews and select candidates on the job site or on the UAA Campus. Our staff are available to help arrange interview spaces on campus.
  6. UAA Internship Application: Once an offer is made, the student must schedule an internship orientation with our office before starting the internship. During this meeting, the student will review the requirements and the application process. Students must apply during the internship application window. General Guide for Application Deadlines Internship:
    • Apply: Apr. 15 - Oct. 15 | Grades Due: Mid-December Fall
    • Apply: Nov. 15 - Mar. 15 | Grades Due: Mid-May Spring
    • Apply: May 15 - July 6 | Grades Due: Early August Summer
  7. Finalize Internship Documentation: CES uses DocuSign to complete final documentation for internships. All parties (student, employer, faculty, CES internship coordinator) must review and sign the final learning agreement document to start the internship.
  8. During the Internship: Midterm and final evaluations, as well as a midterm conference call, are initiated by CES and include the UAA Internship Coordinator, the intern, and the supervisor from your organization. The intern will complete a technical report as part of their final grade.

Employer Policies

  • Wages, Paid or Unpaid Internships

    Alaska Minimum Wage Requirement: Career Exploration and Services coordinates internships in which students earn minimum hourly wage or higher. Under certain circumstances, a student may work for an organization as a legitimate unpaid intern. Please refer the US Department of Labor for more information.

  • Nondiscrimination Title IX and the University

    When creating an internship program it is important to acknowledge that your organization becomes a third-party provider and could be accountable for complying with federal, state, and institutional laws and policies. The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. 

  • Hiring International Students
    Career Exploration and Services collaborates with International Student Services (ISS) to coordinate internships for international students. International students who are offered an internship are required to gain permission to work off campus before they start the internship.
  • Handshake Accounts & Terms of Use

    The purpose of UAA Handshake is to allow employers to post information about current or anticipated job and/or internship openings. UAA Career Exploration & Services reserves the right to decline requests that are deemed inappropriate or predatory. 

    University policy requires that employers: 

    • Will refrain from providing UAA students’ and alumni resume or information to any other party without the student’s or alum’s written consent, regardless of source. Failing to comply with this University policy is a violation of the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act.
    • Comply with the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (http://www.naceweb.org/career-development/organizational-structure/principles-for-ethical-professional-practice/#employment
    • Operates in congruence with the UAA policy of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy or parenthood. 
    • Are compliant with all related federal and state statutes and regulations

    All employers that request approval to access University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Handshake will be checked for an active business or non-profit license with the address matching their company’s/organization’s Handshake profile. 

    • If an active business or non-profit license is not found or cannot be accessed for your company/organization, then UAA Career Exploration & Services will request proof of an active license with matching address or an alternate business name. 
    • If the provided proof of active license still does not match the address on your company’s/organization’s Handshake profile, then approval will depend on your company’s/organization’s Handshake Trust Score and flags (if applicable). 

    UAA Career Exploration & Services will decline a company/organization and will not post material if: 

    • The company/organization attempts solicitation of their services or on-campus sales 
    • The employment conflicts with the mission of the University of Alaska 
    • The posting is for advertisements for competitions or contests 
    • This position is for a home-based business 
    • There is not enough information provided (e.g. in the organization description, cannot provide proof of an active business/non-profit license) to verify that the organization is an established company/organization 
    • There are fees and/or fundraising requirements associated with job seekers regarding applications, job positions, utilizing services, job database, etc.
  • Third-Party Recruiters

    The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the national professional association for college career services offices and employers, defines third party recruiters as follows: “Third-party recruiters are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment."

    The above definition includes, but is not limited to, the following entities regardless of the fee structure used by the entity to charge for services.

    • Employment agencies/organizations that list positions for a number of client organizations and receive payment when a referred candidate is hired. The fee for listing a position is paid either by the firm listing the opening (fee paid) or by the candidate who is hired.
    • Search firms—organizations that contract with clients to find and screen qualified persons to fill specific positions. The fees for this service are paid by the clients.
    • Contract recruiters—organizations that contract with an employer to act as the employer’s agent in the recruiting and employment function. 
    • Resume referral firms—commercial organizations that collect data on job seekers that is marketed to prospective employers. Fees may be paid by the employer, the job seeker, or both. 
    • Commercial job listing/resume collection websites—it is not compatible with the mission of CES to promote businesses which collect candidate resumes for the purpose of marketing those to employers.

    As the first step to obtain approval for UAA Handshake, third-party Recruiters must agree to the policies outlined in UAA Career Exploration & Services’ Third-Party Recruiter Statement of Understanding.