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Handshake is the region's #1 college-to-career network! Handshake is used to connect students and alumni with job opportunities (internship/co-op positions, full-time/degree-required jobs, and part-time positions), on-campus interviews, career fairs/events, and more.  In short, Handshake connects employers and candidates!

Handshake replaced HireNKU in May 2021!

  • Students/Alumni: you have access to log into Handshake to complete your profile and begin exploring opportunities!  Please download and save any documents (resumes, cover letters, transcripts, etc.) that you have saved in HireNKU before the end of June.
  • Faculty/staff: you are invited to create a student account in Handshake to view students' profiles and job opportunities. 
  • Employers: create your new Handshake profile (or link your existing account) with NKU! Post your positions and complete your company profile. 
  • Contact Career Services if you have any questions!


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HireNKU Login Links (access available through end of June 2021)

Faculty and staff can use the NKU Student Login to create a student account, connected to their NKU username and password.  This will allow you access to job postings, events, on-campus interviews, student profiles, etc.

Faculty Coordinators: If you are teaching an internship/co-op course managed in Handshake, here is some additional information: 

  • Approvals do not require a login - you will receive an email with a link to the student's record for your review and approval.
  • To review your students' co-op/internship records in Handshake, you will need to log into your Career Services administrative account.
  • If you also have a student account, use the menu in the upper right corner to "Switch Users" to "Career Services Account."  
  • Please contact Career Services at or 859-572-5680 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Faculty/Staff HireNKU Login

Use your NKU username and HireNKU password (not necessarily your NKU password). To request access, contact Career Services.

Faculty/Staff Resources

Faculty Guide to Navigating HireNKU

View companies/organizations, recruiters, job postings, company events (including career fairs), interviews, and workshops.

Faculty Coordinator Guide to Managing your Co-op/Internship Records

Approve Co-op/Internship requests. View Co-op/Internship Records within HireNKU.

Administrator HireNKU Login

Use your NKU username and HireNKU password (not necessarily your NKU password). Questions, contact Career Services.

Administrator Resources

How to Process HireNKU Co-op/Internship Requests

View co-op/internship records for your college, link data to record, initiate approval process, and manage records throughout semester.