Jobs and Internships



All jobs and internship opportunities can be found on Handshake. Here you can discover new career paths, build your professional profile, and find amazing jobs and internships. Need a little more direction? Career Services is here to help you find opportunities and prepare for your application or interview process. Make an appointment with us today through Handshake!





What can you do with Handshake?

  • Explore thousands of jobs and internships on an easy-to-use, accessible online platform and mobile app
  • Receive personalized job recommendations based on your interests
  • Find career development and networking events to build your skills and connect with employers
  • Schedule appointments for support with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, and career exploration


Looking for on-campus jobs? 

On-campus jobs are a great way to gain valuable skills employers want while earning money for college expenses. Career Services takes great care in helping students find a job on campus. Start building your skills now!



Internships FAQs

Internships are a great way to integrate classroom learning with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. The experience can assist you in narrowing your interests, developing meaningful relationships with professionals and acquiring real-world skills to support your career. Students of any major seeking internships should start their search in Handshake, the University of Alaska’s career management platform. Job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries and locations, local and national, are posted daily.

  • How do I get an internship?

    Few academic internships are assigned by the academic department. However, Career Services always recommends speaking with an academic advisor about internship requirements and suggestions prior to beginning your search. If it is determined that the students should secure their own internship we recommend reviewing opportunities posted in Handshake, or making an appointment with Career Services (in Handshake) to discuss internship search strategies.

  • What is a for-credit or academic internship?

    An academic or for-credit internship is a internship that is required by your academic program and must be completed prior to graduation. Check with your academic advisor regarding the internship policy for your program. Undergraduate students must have attended UAA for a minimum of one year before enrolling in an internship.

  • What are the requirements to earn academic credit for an internship?

    Individual internship requirements are determined by each academic program. Internships are typically facilitated by an instructor within your department as an academic course. The instructor will approve work activities, assign student learning outcomes, and incorporate evaluation methods. They will review all evaluations, assignments, and outcomes and provide a final grade for the internship course.

    Contact your academic advisor to inquire about specific internship requirements for your program. See the UAA Academic Catalog for more details. Please note: Tuition costs and fees may apply.

  • How many hours are required for my internship?
    For-credit internships require that the student completes a minimum of 45 hours of work with the employer for each credit earned. Final course grades are generally based on hours worked, outcomes achieved, employer and instructor ratings of work performance, and evaluation of required journals or reports. Registration deadlines follow independent study and directed study dates. See the UAA Academic Catalog for more details. Please note: Tuition costs and fees may apply.
  • Are internships paid?
    Compensation will depend on the employer as well as program requirements. Certain programs may require that students participate in an unpaid internship. For example, students cannot be paid for clinical rotations (practicums) that are part of their academic requirements.
  • Does it cost money to participate in an internship?
    Students receiving academic credit for an internship must register for an internship course within their academic department. The student must then pay the tuition and fees associated with the course. Students should rarely if ever be asked to pay a fee directly to the company they are interning with. Please reach out to Career Services or your academic advisor to explore the legitimacy of such requests. 
  • I’m an international student, can I participate in an internship?

    International students are only permitted to participate in for-credit internshipsAn academic or for-credit internship is a internship that is required by your academic program and must be completed prior to graduation. Check with your academic advisor regarding the internship policy for your program. Undergraduate students must have attended UAA for a minimum of one year before enrolling in an internship.

    International students looking to register for an internship must email in order to update their student visa.

  • I'm an international student, can I be paid for an internship? 

    Yes, international students may receive compensation for their academic internship as long as it does not violate any of the internship requirements set by the academic department. International students are only permitted to participate in for-credit internships 

    International students looking to register for an internship must email in order to update their student visa.


Recognizing Job Scams

While we do our best to vet employers, employment scams are always changing and getting better at hiding in plain sight. We want to empower you to ensure the employers are legitimate. If you have any concerns about employer requests or interview procedures, please reach out to our office. We are happy to support you.

  • Learn more about recognizing job scams

    Scammers may post jobs on popular job boards, and they may directly contact you via email offering to hire you for a position. Some scams may use reputable companies as fronts. They may even mention Handshake or UAA to make them seem more legitimate. 

        • Employers who use Handshake cannot see your email, and may only view your Handshake profile if you update your profile visibility settings.
        • Handshake will never ask for sign-in credentials or personal payment through email. If you receive an email requesting these or containing unusual phrases, spelling or grammar, please don’t click on any links or reply.

    Be wary if the job posting or email:

        • Requests for your personal information, such as address, phone number, etc. without any previous contact.
        • Asks for any money or sensitive personal information such as bank account, Social Security number, etc.
        • Focuses on money or promises to pay in advance. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
        • Uses an email address that is not linked to the company they represent.
        • Links to a nonprofessional-looking website.
        • Has spelling errors or lacks a professional tone.
        • References getting your contact information from your university or career center.

    Be skeptical, always ask questions and look up jobs/employers when you are viewing job postings or reading email offers.


    • Example scam email:

      My name is Bryan and I work with the HandShake, and my job is to provide part-time employment for qualified students during the academic year and beyond. I have contacted you because there is an opening for you at CDS and below are the lines from your potential employer:

      My name is Dr. John Mazzariello and I am the Senior Director of Practice Operations at the Center for Disability Services Council - New York Chapter (CDS).

      This is a virtual position which does not require you to travel to NY.

      I also provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible). A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or comorbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the University. In addition, many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I am also the Director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students in the United States who have practicums at SCDD and APA-accredited school psychology predoctoral interns.

      You have received this email to be considered for an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me. This is an at-will position that reports directly to me. Should you decide to accept the offer, you do not have to travel down to New York to occupy this position as we are transitioning online as a result of COVID-19.

      I also have over 10 years of experience working with adults who have problematic relationships, childhood issues, and who feel stuck in their present life. It might be trauma, depression, anxiety, but whatever it is we can help you get "unstuck" together and I enjoy doing this. I believe everyone has the potential to help themselves, but sometimes we need some guidance.

      This is a very simple employment. You will only help me mail letters, make payments at Walmart and purchase some items for the new Hybrid Teachers when needed. This employment only takes 6 hours a day and 4 times a week for $620.00

      I am unable to meet up for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Canada.

      You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchases to be done on my behalf. Some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of June 2020.

      To be considered for this position, use your "alternate email (different from school email)" to contact your employer directly by sending an email with your details as follows:

      Full name,
      Current Residential Address,
      Alternate email (different from school email)
      Cell #.
      To: Dr. John Mazzariello

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