We're Here For You

Career Success is here to support you on your professional journey. Whether you need help finding the right experiential learning opportunity (on and off-campus employment, internships, and more!), applying and interviewing, identifying your transferable skills, or exploring personal and professional goals and interests, we can help. 

Access Handshake

Handshake is an online portal that UCSC students and recent alumni can use to search for on and off-campus part and full-time employment opportunities, register for upcoming events and fairs to connect with employers, and make a career coaching appointment.

Why should you sign up for Handshake?

  • Make career coaching appointments
  • Access all virtual fairs, events and workshops 
  • See our full calendar of events, and register for externally-hosted events from other companies and schools
  • Browse job and internship listings from vetted employers including on-campus and work-study opportunities based on your interests

Click the link above to learn how to use Handshake. Questions? Contact ucscel@ucsc.edu for support. Note: Handshake access will be granted on September 3rd, 2024 for all incoming students.


On Campus Jobs, Onboarding, Work-Study, LAEP

There are thousands of on-campus jobs open to UCSC students. You might be employed by a dining hall, biology lab, the Athletics Department, McHenry Library, or another UCSC department. Positions can range from exam proctor, to orientation leader, to graphic design and marketing intern. Positions are open to students with and without work-study.   

Click the link above to learn about how you can find, apply for, and receive a Blue Card for an on-campus job. 

Handshake is the sole platform to search for on-campus opportunities. You can browse opportunities by clicking "on campus" as a filter while searching for positions. You can also only view work-study postings by clicking "work-study" as a filter. Contact ucscel@ucsc.edu if you have any questions about Handshake or the student employment onboarding process.


Career Coaching

We have a team of peer coaches and professional staff who can answer your questions, discuss options, and help you discover more opportunities. Click the link above to learn more about our coaching services.


Whatever step in the process you’re on, we can help. Browse our resources below, and make an appointment with a coach or come in for drop-in advising to discuss further. 

Career Exploration

Figure out what you want to do.

Experiential Learning

Find experiences that will help you discover career interests and develop skills that will help get you hired.

Job Searching & Building Relationships

Find the right job for you, and the right people to help you pursue it.

Getting Hired 

Get ready to apply for and get hired at your dream job. 

Get Ready for Grad School

Find which grad school is right for you, and prepare to apply for schools and ace your exams.

Contact Us

General inquiries



Student Employment, Onboarding, and Blue Cards


Coaching Staff & Peer Coaches