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To faciliate the job and internship search for GW students and alumni, the university uses Handshake, the leading career platform at over 400 colleges and more than 200,000 employers, including all Fortune 500 companies. Handshake allows you to discover and favorite jobs at top financial institutions, cutting-edge tech firms, leading design and marketing agencies, nonprofits making the world a better place, and more. You can also receive personal recommendations based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history.

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Finding a job or internship can be daunting, but Handshake is here to help you take the first step towards building a great career and fulfilling your potential.

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Alumni access - Please note to gain access to Handshake, alumni must have a UserID and an email account. If you need assistance with obtaining a UserID and/or an email address, please click here.

If you do not have an existing Handshake account and need to create can request an account using this form. You will receive a response within a week of your submission confirming your account creation. If you have any questions, please contact the Handshake Help Desk at [email protected].

Download this helpful PDF for assistance with getting started on Handshake and searching for jobs and internships:

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Also, review the Handshake Help Center for dozens of resources - including quick videos - to help you navigate the system.  For tips on how to deal with possible fraudulent employers, please read the information at the bottom of this page.


Short-term, paid, professional assignments 

The GW Center for Career Services has partnered with ​Parker Dewey, a mission-oriented organization that helps connect great talent with great companies, to facilitate the Micro-Internship platform connecting GW students and recent graduates with companies in need of support. These paid, short-term opportunities will allow students and recent graduates to gain professional experience while taking classes, during a break, or whenever you have a few extra hours.

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Find jobs big and small on QuadJobs

QuadJobs serves as a central job portal for GW students who want to connect with individuals and businesses looking to recruit for temporary jobs (e.g., babysitting, dog walking, house sitting, etc.,) or other part-time help. Build a profile, telling employers a bit about yourself and find short-term jobs to fit your schedule!

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  • We use the Handshake system to allow GW students and alumni exclusive access to their own personal employment management center. All full-time, degree-seeking GW students and alumni and thousands of employing organizations are registered in Handshake.
  • All full-time current degree-seeking students will receive a welcome email at their email address with password and login information for Handshake. Incoming students for the fall will receive this information in mid-July prior to their first semester.
  • Internship and Job Listings: Search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs and internships specifically posted for GW students and alumni. Positions include full-time, part-time, on-campus, off-campus, Federal Work Study positions, paid and unpaid internships and temporary and short-term positions. Receive automatic notifications of new job postings that meet your preferences.
  • You can also apply for positions that interest you through the on-campus recruiting program and schedule on-campus interviews with various organizations.
  • Make sure to make an appointment with your Career Coach to assist you with the preparation, search and interview process.
  • RSVP to attend dozens of career and internship fairs, career development workshops, networking receptions and employer information sessions.
  • For more tips and advice, review Locating and Applying for Internships [PDF] from the National Association of Colleges & Employers.

Unfortunately, not all employment opportunities are legitimate; entities may pose as employers as part of a scam to elicit personal information from or otherwise defraud their victims. Listed below are some tips and advice to help students be vigilant about fraudulent employers and to help them identify steps to take to verify the legitimacy of an employer.

Students: Red Flags to Consider to Avoid Fraudulent Employers
The National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) provides several “red flags” which students should be aware of and consider to avoid fraudulent employers when using online job and internship sites.

Fraudulent Employers: Quick Tips
Several quick tips from the Handshake Help Center for when you are questioning the legitimacy of a job or company

What To Do If You've Given Your Personal Information To A Fraudulent Employer
The Handshake Help Center provides advice on key steps you should take immediately If you have given any of your personal information to a fraudulent employer.

If you have any questions or concerns about an employer, please contact our Employer Relations team at [email protected] or 202.994.8633. Articles

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Federal Agencies

US Department of State - Bureau of Diplomatic Security:
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Articles in Handshake written by Elizabeth Boesen, Industry Career Coach for International Government & Policy, Diplomacy, Intelligence, and International Development

Tip Sheet: Security Clearances

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Grants for Unpaid Internships

Apply for funding for your unpaid internship through the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF). KACIF encourages you to pursue unpaid internships that foster career exploration and enhance your academic interests, but reduce the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment. For further information on the university's policies in this regard, please refer to the GW Human Resource Management & Development's section on Diversity and Inclusion.

With the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are now able to serve openly without fear of termination. However, the repeal did not end the military’s policy of discriminating on the basis of gender identity and expression. Such discrimination against our transgender students is a violation of GW's non-discrimination policy. Current federal law requires the Center for Career Services to allow military recruiters’ participation in our interview programs despite noncompliance with our non-discrimination policy or risk the termination of certain federal funds. The presence of the military in these programs does not indicate in any way that the Center for Career Services approves of such discrimination.

What is sexual and gender-based harassment?

GW's Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Policy (PDF) is informed by federal laws like Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act and university values and resources.

What kind of behavior could constitute sexual and gender-based harassment?

  • Examples of sexual and gender-based harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Another intern, supervisor, co-worker, or client touches you inappropriately e.g. plays with your hair, rubs your back, or touches any private zones on your body
  • A supervisor persistently asks you on dates, even if you have turned them down before
  • Another intern, supervisor, co-worker, or client of your employer makes suggestive comments to you about how your body looks in certain clothing
  • Coworkers insinuate that giving sexual favors would help advance your career or that sexual behavior on your part is expected
  • Other interns rate the “hotness” of your intern class or give awards for “sexiness”
  • A supervisor asks you about your significant other and your sexual behavior with that person
  • A client makes offensive remarks about you because of your sex or gender
  • A coworker shows you pictures of themselves and they are naked or minimally clothed

How do I avoid a concern that I am engaging in sexual and gender-based harassment?

  • Remember that the workplace is a professional setting, no matter how collegial or jovial your colleagues seem. Also, apply work rules to any event related to work e.g., dinner with colleagues, car-rides with coworkers, and recreational sports where you play on a team with other employees.
  • Do not introduce sexualized content into the workplace. Your intent does not matter to a determination of sexual harassment, so avoid jokes or playful behavior that is sexual in nature.
  • Be mindful of your behavior on social media. Employers generally do not tolerate online activity that has a negative impact on their brand e.g., you write a post using sexist language and your bio identifies you as working for a specific company.
  • Be very cautious about engaging in workplace romance. Any such behavior should be clearly consensual and should not cross supervisory lines. However, keep in mind that an internship is a long interview and many employers consider workplace romances to be unprofessional. If you choose to engage in this behavior, ensure that there is never any sexual contact in the workplace.

What should I do if I feel I am being sexually harassed?

  • If you feel comfortable doing so, inform the offending party that their actions are inappropriate and that they should stop.
  • Immediately tell your supervisor or your employer’s Human Resources office.
  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator if the offending party is connected to GW e.g., an employee or student. You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator if you have questions, or if you would like some assistance addressing the issue.
  • Check the policy or procedures of your workplace that pertain to reporting misconduct. Report the incident according to the procedures given. If there are no written procedures, report to the Human Resources department and your supervisor.

What about other forms of sexual misconduct?

Sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic or dating violence, and stalking are all prohibited by law, and are not acceptable in the work environment. If you are in a situation where these offenses have been perpetrated against you, please seek assistance immediately by first contacting local law enforcement to ensure your safety, and informing your employer’s Human Resources office. You may also contact GW’s Title IX Coordinator if you require assistance or are unsure of the best steps to take. Contact information (202) 994-7434 or via email at [email protected].


GW Haven

GW's Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Policy

Know Your IX

The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [email protected] Work

EEOC Advice for what to do if you believe you have been harassed at work

#ThatsHarassment: The Boss (Video)

10 Tips for Dealing with Workplace Harassment | Daskal, Lolly, Inc. Magazine

Harassment in the Workplace: The Intern Conundrum | NACE Staff, June 2018

Harassment in the Workplace: What Employers, Employees, and Interns Need to Know | NACE Staff, May 2018

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