Handshake is the Career Development Center’s system for accessing internship, co-op, and job postings along with requesting appointments and accessing additional resources (GoinGlobal, Career Shift, MyPlan, and more!).  Check out our video tutorials

If your gender assignment in Handshake does not accurately reflect your gender identity and you would like this to be corrected, please fill out this survey. This information is only for use by the CDC in Handshake. Please note that employers are not able to see the gender field in Handshake. If you have any questions please contact us at cdc@wpi.edu

All of the resources highlighted below are accessible through the “Resources” section of Handshake.

Career Shift

You can use Career Shift to create folders to store jobs, companies, and contacts you’d like to use during your career search. You can also use the My Jobs, My Contacts, and My Companies tabs to search for jobs, contacts at particular companies or organizations, and companies you’d like to learn more about.


Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career you want.

Vault provides detailed information on nearly 5,000 companies in more than 120 industries. Vault also provides extensive information on more than 840 professions. This includes education requirements, skill requirements, salaries, advancement prospects, and more.


GoinGlobal is a perfect job-searching tool for both international and domestic students.

  • The Country Career Guides section includes country-specific information, resources, and tips for finding internships or full-time employment in other countries
  • The USA/Canada City Career Guides section offers career and employment resources for some of the largest cities in North America
  • The Job Postings and Internship Listings section allows you to search for opportunities in the United States and around the world
  • The H-1B Information Section allows international students to search the H-1B database to view companies who have submitted H-1B visa petitions.

Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is a web-based, woman-owned, socially positive business that helps universities provide graduate students with non-academic professional development.

The Versatile PhD website includes a supportive community of over 60,000 likeminded people, access to job listings and the member directory, and the PhD Career Finder, an interactive tool that lets users explore careers based on their academic discipline. The “Real Life Examples” on every career page in the PhD Career Finder, presents detailed inside information about each career represented, offered by PhDs and ABDs actually in those careers: their stories, advice, inside information about their fields, even the resumes and cover letters they used to get their first jobs in these fields.


MyPlan has information on over 900 careers and links to approximately 1,200 majors to different career paths. You can also use the four career assessments—interest, personality, skills, and values—to help identify careers of interest. To take any of the career assessments:

  • Create a MyPlan account and agree to MyPlan terms of service
  • Enter the license code displayed in Handshake and on the landing page for MyPlan.

Once you’ve taken the assessments, it’s strongly recommended that you schedule an “Assessment Results” appointment with a CDC staff member to discuss your results and learn about additional steps and resources.