For Virginia Tech employees — advisors, faculty and staff — who assist students:
Thank you for referring students and employers to use Handshake.

How to assist students in using Handshake:

  • Feel free to explore the information for students and encourage your student advisees to open and use their Handshake accounts.
  • Students' Handshake accounts display information and opportunities to them based on their qualifications and their activity in their accounts.
  • Have your students / advisees open their accounts on their laptops and you can view their accounts with them.
  • The Handshake developers built it to be student-user friendly.

Is it necessary for you to have an account to assist students?

  • It is not required to have an account to assist students. Do as recommended above: Have your students open their own accounts which display information and opportunities based on their qualifications and activity. Help your students/advisees by viewing their accounts with them. You can ask them to show you the profile information they have entered for themselves.

If you still wish to have a  student account:


  • The account you request is a real student account. It is not a demo or "dummy" account.
  • You are responsible for using the account in an appropriate manner; for example you should not make your profile public or apply for jobs.
  • There is no such thing as a "faculty" or "advisor" account.

How to request a student account:

  • If you are a CURRENT STUDENT at Virginia Tech, in addition to being an employee:
  • If you are a Virginia Tech ALUMNA / ALUMNUS: 
  • If you are neither a current Virginia Tech student, nor a past graduate:
  • If you also act as an EMPLOYER, posting jobs in your department for students in Handshake:
    • Use an alias email address to establish your employer account. (Handshake information for employers.)
      Why? Because a student account requires use of your real PID email address, and Handshake will not permit anyone to have both an employer and student account using the same email address.
    • If you have already established an employer account using your real PID email address:
      You can change your employer account email address to an alias.
      (Earlier instructions provided to VT employees did not contain that information, and we regret that oversight.)