Support the GW community of alumni and students and enhance your organization by recruiting and hiring fellow Colonials for internships, full-time, and part-time positions. And if you’re looking to search for your first job or change careers, you’ve come the right place. The university has partnered with Handshake, a modern career development and recruitment platform that will help build and strengthen relationships between organizations and GW students and alumni.

Handshake offers many exciting new features for our students, alumni, and alumni employers:

Search for a job

Handshake personalizes job recommendations based on your interests and connections, pushing out customized information that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences, and major or field. The system features 180,000 diverse employers listing thousands of full-time positions, internships, as well as seasonal and temporary employment opportunities.

Access resources & events relevant to your career needs

On Handshake, you can easily search for employment, sign up for events and appointments, access the on-campus recruiting program, review career resources that are relevant to you, and receive the latest information from your career services office and the employers you follow.
Alumni with GWork Profiles
On July 1, 2017, Handshake replaced the former GWork (Sympicity) system. Alumni who had been previously registered in GWork should have received an email instructing them on how to access Handshake and set up their profiles.  Note: If you had personal documents uploaded to your GWork profile, e.g., resumes, cover letters, etc., they will NOT be transitioned to Handshake. If do not already have copies of these materials, you should download them from GWork. You will have access to your GWork documents library until November 1, 2017.
New Alumni Users
To gain access to Handshake, please complete the short request form. Once your alumni status is confirmed, you will be sent a message to your GW email account when your account is ready. Requests take 3-4 business days to process.
If you have any questions, please contact the Handshake Help Desk at [email protected].

Recruit Colonials

Handshake offers a streamlined and centralized college recruiting process for employers that allows you to easily connect with great Colonial candidates, post jobs and internships at no cost, and register for career events and on-campus recruiting.
Employers - you may access Handshake by going to to set up your profile.
Work for GW
Hundreds of GW alumni work at the university in a variety of different industries. Join fellow Colonials and work at your alma mater.



Alexandra Hire

“I love that I am able to connect with GW students every day. It reminds me of all the reasons that I came to GW and helps me to stay motivated to help them have an impactful experience as future alumni.​"

Alexandra Hire, ESIA BA '14,
Assistant Director, Alumni Volunteer Programs & Professional Development


GW Alumni LinkedIn Group

Our GW Alumni LinkedIn group has more than 34,000 Colonials and is a great resource for posting and searching for jobs.
For more information about alumni career programs and resources, please contact Kate Schuster at [email protected].