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Job and Internship Searching

Starting a search for you next opportunity can be daunting. An effective search requires a mix of strategies, including using your network and finding out what opportunities exist. Many job seekers rely on submitting as many job applications online as possible without spending time on other activities that can be just as beneficial. Consider talking with a Career Achievement Network coach to develop a personalized strategy for your search. This strategy can include mock interviews, feedback about your LinkedIn profile, and event tips for effective salary negotiation. Schedule with a coach using the Handshake platform. Visit our About Handshake page to learn more about the tool and how to log in the first time.

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Ohio University uses Handshake, the leading career platform used by 500+ colleges and by more than 250,000 employers. Used by 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. Login today to complete your profile and put your best self forward to employers. And, be sure to download Handshake Mobile (iOS) to discover jobs on the go and to stay on track with reminders for application deadlines and direct messages from employers.

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Prepare for Virtual Employer Events

All employer events this fall will be hosted through Handshake's virtual career platform. Events all require pre-registration to ensure that students can actively engage with employers at the event in a variety of interactive sessions. Review these tips from Handshake to prepare for a successful virtual networking experience. Watch the video below to learn how to navigate the virtual career platform. 


Salary Negotiation

Negotiating for salary and benefits is really intimidating for a lot of us. Many people just feel lucky to have a job offer so they can stop searching. It is critical to go into the negotiating process knowing the average salary for your industry and location, along with what benefits (examples – insurance, educational benefits, retirement savings, parking, vacation and sick time) are included in the offer. Use the quick checklists below as a guide for planning to negotiate successfully. Consider talking through your strategy with a Career Achievement Network coach to build up your confidence.

Before you get an offer

  • Network with people you know in the field to learn about how salaries and benefits vary by organization and city 
  • Calculate the cost of living after graduation including rent, transportation, clothing, food, and loan payments, along with the salary you need to meet the basic cost of living 
  • Use your research to quantify a pay range based on your qualifications and your field 
  • Do not base a target salary on personal bills, your ideal salary, or what your friends are making 
  • Your goal salary should be in line with other similar positions and reflect your level of experience 
  • Prepare for the offer to be given over the phone or by email following an interview

When you get an offer

  • Enthusiastically thank the employer for the job offer 
  • Ask about benefits, if not shared in the offer, including insurance, retirement, vacation and sick leave 
  • Ask for the offer in writing to confirm the salary and benefits information 
  • Determine when you can follow up with the employer (24 hours is typically a reasonable amount of time)

Negotiation considerations

  • Have a strategy for why you would negotiate more money or additional benefits 
  • Skills above and beyond the requirements for the position 
  • Calculate a salary increase that is reasonable based on the initial offer, the market, cost of living, and the company 
  • Have a figure in mind when you return the call to negotiate the offer 

If you are uncomfortable about starting the conversation, ask if the salary and benefits are negotiable. If salary is not flexible, consider benefits that may be negotiable: 

  • Specific technology needed for the position 
  • Relocation expenses 
  • Parking or public transportation reimbursement 
  • Flexible scheduling or telecommuting 
  • Fitness center membership 
  • Funds for continuing education 
  • Position title 
  • Vacation time 
  • Daycare support 
  • Office environment needs (e.g. window, enclosed office) 
  • Money toward professional clothing (especially if a certain look or quality is expected) 

Formally accept or decline the offer within the agreed-upon amount of time with the employer.

Featured Resources


Ohio University's career platform featuring internships and jobs nationally for students and alumni in any career area. Handshake also highlights virtual and in-person employer events and career fairs. 

USA Jobs

Jobs and internships with the federal government across the country. Search options exist to narrow job opportunities by major. There are also numerous opportunities for recent graduates. 

Virtual Student Federal Service

Each year, U.S. students apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 1-31 on USAJOBS.gov. All candidates are notified by early September if they have been offered a position. Selected eInterns work on their projects for ten hours a week from September through May. Some eInterns work their academic institutions to receive course credit for their VSFS participation.

SOCHE Intern (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education)

Submit one application and be considered for multiple internship programs. Apply for both year-round and summer opportunities. College students can apply for internships at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base or with regional employers. 


Use this international search tool for jobs that aim to better society. If your goal is to help others in any industry or field, this can be a good place to look.


National and international search tools for jobs in virtually every industry.


National and international search tools for jobs in virtually every industry. Also features widely used company reviews.

Higher Ed Jobs

National search tool for academic and administrative roles in colleges and universities.

Ohio's Top Jobs List

Data from the state of Ohio highlighting growth in various jobs, salary information, and the ability to search by experience and education.

Ohio Means Jobs 

The state of Ohio’s job search site.

Parker Dewey

Through its Micro-Internship program, Ohio University students can execute short-term, professional assignments on behalf of busy professionals. Not only do these students have the grit, skills, and ambition to exceed expectations, they are excited to do so as they launch their careers.

Buzzfile Employers by Major

Use this comprehensive tool to identify employers by major to build a network, research internship opportunities, or plan a relocation.

O*Net Online

O*Net provides detailed entries about industries and occupations, along with tools for exploring technology careers, green jobs, and opportunities for veterans.


Use this tool to conduct salary research by position type and location. A cost of living calculator is also available.


This site allows you to create pay report for your position based on your job type and location. 

Great Place to Work: Current Best Workplaces Lists

Great workplaces For All are able to maximize their human potential through effective leaders, meaningful values, and a deep foundation of trust with all employees. A variety of rankings are available based on location, identity, and industry areas.