Jobs and internships
Searching for a job or internship is a process. Make sure you start with an inventory of your interests, skills, values, and personality. If you need help, check out our career exploration and preparation resources or meet with one of our career mentors during our drop-in hours. Below you will find strategies and job boards to help you with this process.
Protect yourself in the job search
As you job hunt, be sure to use caution. Students should perform due diligence when offering, applying for or accepting off-campus employment, as you are doing so at your own risk. It is unusual for an employer to request information from applicants such as tax, banking, social security information or to send checks or payment prior to an interview, offer of employment or work hours completed. The Nevada Career Studio urges students to exercise careful judgment when responding to employer inquires and to contact our office with questions or suspicions.
Job search strategies
- Based on your preparation, identify areas, job titles, and companies that appeal to you.
- Leverage your network and expand it by participating in career and professional events. This also includes connecting with employers, alumni, professors, classmates, etc..
- Use online job boards based on their purpose.
- If you are looking for an on-campus job, you should use Workday.
- For an opportunity to gain new skills in a short amount of time, try doing a micro-internship through Parker Dewey.
- For an off-campus job, internship, or full-time opportunity, Handshake is an excellent choice.
On-campus jobs: Workday
The University of Nevada, Reno uses Workday as their platform to offer students part-time jobs. Colleges and departments post job positions throughout the academic year. Check the job board on a regular basis to see what becomes available.
When looking for an on-campus job, make sure to select Student (Fixed Term) in the Job Type category.
If you have questions about Work Study, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides more information about the Federal Work Study Program.
We have partnered with Parker Dewey to offer a new way for University of Nevada, Reno students and recent alumni to take part on short-term, professional, paid micro-internship experiences. These experiences can provide a great way to get paid while acquiring skills and building your resume.
- Create your personal profile as completely and accurately as possible, especially your education and experience. Students with complete profiles are more likely to be selected. Please note: to see exclusive projects for University students only, you need add the University of Nevada, Reno to your Education section of the profile.
- Upload a resume and a link to your LinkedIn profile. Samples of your work from classes, internships, part-time jobs, etc can be helpful.
- The application process involves completing one or more short-answer questions. These questions typically also serve as the interview (companies may reach out to applicants to request an interview, but this is pretty rare).
- New opportunities are posted regularly and projects come and go very quickly.
It may take multiple attempts to land a project, please do not get discouraged. Stop by or schedule a virtual appointment with one of our Career Mentors to increase your chances on submitting a high quality application. Micro-Internships can lead to internship and full-time job offers, and is a great way to showcase your professional skills and gain experience to add to your resume. Lastly, please note that micro-internships through Parker Dewey require you to become independent contractors for the company, which may have tax implications. Please see their FAQs for more info.
Off-campus jobs and internships: Handshake
The Nevada Career Studio uses the online platform Handshake to connect students to future employment and internship opportunities.
Handshake is your safe all-in-one platform to:
- Find and apply to local, out-of-state, and international jobs and internships
- Network with employers
- Find and register for employer events happening all over the world
- Message employers who work where you want to be
- Schedule interviews with employers
Handshake also allows you to build a personal profile, adjust privacy settings, create job search filters and set automatic email alerts for new job and internship opportunities.
Handshake log-in instructions for students
All current students enrolled at the University automatically have a Handshake account created. Follow these steps to access your account:
- Visit unr.joinhandshake.com
- Choose the "Current Student" log-in/link option
- You will then be prompted to enter your University credentials (NetID and password)
Handshake best practices
- Discover the jobs you actually want. Handshake shares job and internship recommendations based on your interests, major, and skills. Explore collections of jobs just for you.
- Stand out to employers. Add your work experiences, skills, interests, and organizations to your profile to attract top employers and land your next job.
- Stay on track. Favorite jobs to prioritize applications and never miss a deadline.
- Keep your Handshake profile up-to-date. "Students with completed profiles are 5 times more likely to get a message from a recruiter on Handshake!" (Source: Handshake)
Updating your Handshake account email address
If you would like to update your Handshake account email to a different address, you will need to update your preferred email through MyNEVADA.
- Visit MyNEVADA and navigate to the email preferences page .
- Select your preferred email address if it's already listed, or enter your new email address
Handshake syncs with MyNEVADA on a weekly basis. Once your preferred email has been updated, it will automatically update your Handshake account. If after a week, your email has still not been updated please contact the Nevada Career Studio at email@example.com.
Handshake job board disclaimer
By using Handshake, you recognize that you understand and agree to the University's job board disclaimer.