Career Services During Coronavirus

As of Monday, March 20, Career Exploration and Services has now transitioned to an entirely virtual model until further notice, as part of our commitment to keeping the UAA community healthy. This means our doors are closed, but we are now available to support you and your career needs online.

  • Virtual Appointments: UAA students and alumni can schedule virtual appointments, by phone or video, with Career Services staff for assistance with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, job search assistance, or career exploration. Log into Handshake with your UA credentials to schedule an appointment.
  • Job/Internship Applications: Handshake is still an available and robust resource for those seeking job and internship opportunities.
  • Online Resources: Access career tools online for assistance with interest clarification, resume building, industry information, and more.
  • Current Internships and Employment: Students presently working in an internship or job should check in with their employer to see if you should still report to work. For those earning credit for your internship, contact your academic advisor for additional information.
  • Social Media: Stay up to date with UAA Career Services, job and internship openings, and career tips by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Contact Us: Staff will respond to emails and voicemails Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call (907)786-6913 to leave a message or email uaa_career@alaska.edu

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 on Handshake
  • Host student jobs and internships with your organization
  • Share your expertise at career networking events

Employer Engagement Opportunities

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

Dates Event Registration
April 8, 2020 Community Engagement and Career Fair CANCELLED (RE: COVID-19)


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.

  • New to Handshake?
    1. Select 'Sign-Up' for an account from your email invitation and click 'Employer' Or use this link
    2. After completing registration, your request will be reviewed 
    3. Complete your employer profile

    Stuck? Check out this help article.

  • Already on Handshake?
    1. On the left side of the navigation toolbar, click 'Schools'
    2. Click 'More Schools on Handshake' to request and search specific schools
    3. Request The University of Alaska System
    4. Once received, your request will be reviewed
  • How to Post a Job or Internship
    1. Sign in to your employer account on Handshake
    2. From the home page you can click the blue box on the left that says 'Post a Job'
    3. Or on the left side navigation toolbar, click 'Jobs'
    4. On the top right, click the blue box titled 'Create Job'
    5. Complete the job posting with as many details and descriptions as possible
    6. Follow the prompts and add the school or schools you would like to post the job to
    7. Enter application start and expiration dates, then click 'Create'

    For further information see this article!

Best Practices 

  • Complete Your Company Profile

    Include a company email domain that matches your company, a working website that matches your company, forward facing contact information (email, phone number, etc).

  • Request a Few Schools Initially

    This will allow you to build positive relationships with schools while also growing your Trust Score. You can request additional schools as you become approved at your initial schools.

  • Build Your Trust Score

    The trust score takes into account your activity level on the platform, the number of approvals from various schools, length of time on the platform, completeness of profile, and valid website. Focusing on these areas will help build your score.  

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 and Terms of Use

    Handshake Accounts and Terms of Use

    The University of Alaska Career Services Offices operate under the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Ethical Professional Practices and expects employers to do the same. Use of services provided by the Career Services Office as well as the Handshake platform constitutes the employer’s agreement to the following policies. The purpose of the UA Handshake is to allow employers to post information about current or anticipated job and/or internship openings. UA Career Services Offices reserve the right to decline requests that are deemed inappropriate or predatory. University policy requires that employers: 

    Employers shall abide by the following practices when utilizing Handshake:

    • Job postings must be actual, current openings.
    • Job postings must clearly identify the scope and responsibilities of the position, requirements of the position, and compensation information. 
    • Job postings shall not contain false, fraudulent, inaccurate or misleading information.
    • Job postings should provide official company address, accurate location of employment performance, business email, website, and contact first and last name. 
    • Job postings shall not require any type of payment from the applicant including but not limited to: requirement to attend unpaid orientation or training; direct fees in order to be placed into a job or internship; payment for application fees; requirement to purchase, lease, or rent sales kits, samples, presentation supplies, or the like.
    • Job posting may not contain anything that is sexually explicit, obscene, libelous, defamatory, physically threatening, or illegal.
    • Employers are willing to provide written documentation of registration with the Better Business Bureau when and if requested.


    Refer to the University of Alaska, Policy regarding Marijuana, page 16 for our most updated policy.

    Student Privacy 

    • All candidate information provided to an employer is released only to the employer for hiring purposes related to the identified job posting. Re-disclosure is not permissible in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    On Campus Recruiting/Interview Scheduling

    • Cancellations: Employers who cancel an interview schedule once the student sign-up period has opened are responsible for contacting the students to inform them of the cancellation.

    University of Alaska and the Career Service’s office reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to the policies as necessary.