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ENTERprise NKU and Career Services work with employers on an individual and case-by-case basis to ensure quality customer service.

Handshake (our online recruiting and job-posting system) is your one-stop portal for posting professional, degree-related opportunities (including paid and unpaid internship/co-op/experiential educational positions) and part-time, non-degree positions.  

All employers are requested to follow EEOC recruitment and employment guidelines and laws and adhere to the NACE Principles of Professional Practice.

Northern Kentucky University reserves the right to limit employer access to events and services at our discretion.

Please contact Career Services at or (859) 572-5680 for questions.

Handshake Access:

  • Organizations must be deemed legitimate with verifiable business name, physical address, email address, phone number, website, and provide the name of a contact that can be reached. Start-ups and new organizations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Some organizations may be granted “Jobs Only” access.
  • NKU will not post positions that require students to advertise to, solicit and/or recruit other students. This includes Campus Ambassador and Brand Ambassador positions.
  • NKU may immediately revoke Handshake access for any organization if any of the following conditions are present:
    • The specific opportunity or the nature or status of the company suggests that it is inappropriate for the service population
    • Misrepresentation, whether by dishonest information or absence of information
    • Fraud
    • Harassment of NKU students, alumni, faculty, or staff
    • Students are injured or exposed to unsafe working conditions related to the employer’s employment opportunities
    • Employer is operating from a residential address
    • Failure to adhere to NKU policies
    • Violation of Northern Kentucky University policies or local, state, or federal laws
    • If NKU receives student or faculty/staff complaints about discrimination, harassments, threats, unsafe working conditions, or other questionable circumstances

The following will not be granted access:

  • Organizations charging a fee (other than professional licensure) for any service or listing.
  • Organizations involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of marijuana, cannabis, or hemp.
  • Franchising opportunities.
  • Commission-only opportunities.
  • In-home opportunities.
  • Any 1099 opportunities.
  • Organizations involved in multi-level marketing (MLM), direct-selling, and/or door-to-door sales.
  • Any organization whose nature of business or mission violates or potentially violates the NKU Code of Community Standards & Student Rights.


Third-Party Recruiters:

NKU may provide direct assistance to third-party recruiters under the following definition and guidelines:

  • National Association of Colleges and Employers’ defines third-party recruiters and organizations as: “…agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment.”
  • Charges no fees to the applicants.
  • Reveals to NKU the identity of the employer being represented and the nature of the relationships between the agency and the employer and permits verification of this information by contacting the named client.
  • Provides a position description for valid requisitions.
  • NKU may require the name of the employer being represented to be identified on announcements.