Post a Job or Internship

University Career Services is pleased to offer employers the opportunity to connect with UNC students in online postings via Handshake.  Handshake is a networked platform used for recruiting college students at nearly 400 colleges and universities. If you are already a Handshake user, simply go to the “Schools” option and request access to the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.  If you do not currently have a Handshake account, you will first need to create one before being able to post your opportunity, using the following steps.

Creating a Handshake Account

Please read all the information on this page carefully to decide whether your organization will be eligible to be approved for an account to recruit at UNC Chapel Hill. After you read the information, see the steps below:

Notes for Posting a Job in Handshake:

  • Click this link to create an account and connect it to UNC-Chapel Hill. If you are confused about how to create an account, a helpful tutorial can be found here.
  • Your account will be reviewed and approved by a UCS staff member.
  • Once your account has been approved, you will be able to post your position.
  • Click on the “Post a Job” section.
  • Follow the instructions to add your vacancy and click submit.
  • Your vacancy will be reviewed by a UCS staff member and posted if approved. 
  • If you are still confused, a helpful tutorial about how to post a job can be found here.

Minimum Requirements For Employers

Employer requests to connect on Handshake must demonstrate all of the following minimum requirements. Once these are met, a UCS staff member will approve your company.

  • A complete contact name (first and last).
  • Employers must provide valid contact information, including an organizational email account. Personal email accounts (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will not be accepted.
  • Employers must provide a valid website address. This website must contain sufficient information for a student to learn more about your company, including a well-written company description, details on products/services, and career opportunities.
  • The company website must match the company name and be functional. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram company pages will not be accepted.
  • A business license from the state in which your company operates your business (if requested).
  • A company workplace address. Residential/private addresses cannot be accepted.
    • With approval, residential addresses may be considered for fully remote organizations. If you believe you qualify for this exception, please email [email protected] a copy of the organization's business registration.

For UNC-CH Departments wishing to create an account:

After confirming your email, check if your department already has an account. It will look like the following example: UNC-CH University Career Services. If you do not see your department listed as such, continue to the next step and create an account for your department. Please make your account name UNC-CH (Department Name).

Additional Requirements for Small Businesses

The University Career Services office has established these criteria for identifying appropriate employment opportunities for promotion through its services. To be approved for accounts under UNC-CH on Handshake, small businesses must have progressed sufficiently in their business development process. At a minimum, the company should be affiliated with any of the following: UNC's Innovate Carolina network, an accredited university's innovation network, a Chamber of Commerce or equivalent, or a recognized state or privately-funded incubator/accelerator. Additional requirements are:

  • Having a UNC Alumni as a founder, in a decision-making role, or on an advisory board in the company.
  • Providing a company name, business address, website, and email address, and identifying a principal as a key contact.
  • Confirming that they have obtained the necessary business licenses, Tax IDs, and sufficient funding. (It may be requested that small businesses identify their funding model and investors.)
  • Providing clearly defined organizations and position descriptions in Handshake.
  • Ensuring that postings do not have a pay rate lower than minimum wage. (Internships may be unpaid or compensated with a stipend to the extent permitted by applicable law.)

UCS Job Posting Policies

  • Postings must have a pay rate higher than minimum wage. To the extent permitted by applicable law, internships may be unpaid or compensated with a stipend. Employers using UCS must offer regular/base salaries for positions. Employers offering solely commission-based positions will not be accepted.
  • UCS may require employers to verify compensation (salary or hourly wages) to determine if vacancies are appropriately classified in Handshake and qualify for specific UCS services.
  • Employers must fully disclose to UCS, students, and alumni the structure of their compensation packages and business costs incurred through employment.
  • No employers that require students and alumni to purchase a franchise, purchase supplies, pay for training or orientation, invest, or pay a start-up or application/access fee as a condition of employment will be accepted.
  • Posting may not charge any fees to students as a condition of employment or participation.
  • No "Campus Ambassador" positions, or any positions in which UNC students promote, sell, influence, or market services/products to other UNC students, faculty, or staff will be accepted.
  • No third-party recruiters who do not align with our third-party recruiting policy will be accepted. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact [email protected].
  • At this time, UCS does not accept companies or positions involved with the production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana/cannabidiol.
  • No opportunities for students to become independent contractors or to start their own business will be accepted.
  • No multi-level or pyramid marketing opportunities will be accepted.
  • No domestic employment (i.e., babysitting, elder care, personal assistance, landscaping, and house cleaning). See here for more information.
  • Network marketing and similar organizations are not eligible to participate in on-campus recruiting events or to post jobs with the UCS office. UCS considers organizations that engage in any of the following to be Networking Marketing Organizations.
    • Sponsoring or hiring an individual to set up their own business to sell products or services and/or recruit other individuals to set up their own businesses.
    • Requiring an initial cash or capital investment, account balance, or similar fiscal requirements from this individual with the organization serving as an umbrella or parent corporation.

Post Your Job or Internship

After reviewing the job posting policies, select the “Post a Job” button on the main dashboard or click on the left “Jobs” menu and click the “Create Job” button at the top right of the page. Complete the form fully, including the basics, position details, screening preferences, and schools to which you want to post the position. Be sure to select the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. See here for a template.


    If you are having any problems registering your company, getting approval, or need clarification on any of the information we have listed, then please email us at: [email protected].

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