Finding and securing your target job is often harder than you think.

Especially when most resumes are screened out by applicant tracking systems before they are even seen by a hiring manager. We encourage students use these resources and schedule an appointment with Career Services map your next strategies in a job search plan. Please use caution when searching for employment.

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Accessible with your student NetID, Handshake is the official Augusta University Career Services job search and event management platform that links students and recent graduates to employment opportunities with over 600K employers, including 100% of the Fortune 500.

  • Includes part-time campus student employment listings
  • Part-time and full-time positions locally, across the region, and U.S.
  • Internship listings by employers
  • Career Services workshops and fairs to register for
  • Virtual Employer Events and more


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Be Successful with Handshake

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Develop your Network

What is Networking? Why is it Important?

Networking is a process of building and maintaining relationships with professionals in your field of interest.

  • Encourages you to develop a professional image and profile
  • Helps you explore career options effectively
  • Develops your employer research skills
  • Refines your interviewing skills
  • Provides you with industry-related professional advice

Who is in Your Network?

Everyone you know is in your network. From your English professor to your neighbor across the street, each person in your network knows a professional person with experience that can benefit you.

Networking Etiquette

One of the most basic skills you need to develop as part of networking is the impromptu introduction. Sometimes called the Elevator Pitch or the 15-second introduction, this short introduction is used for unplanned meetings with professionals at community events or face meetings with professional contacts.

Networking & Employer Research Resources

Search for companies in the Augusta Chamber of Commerce Member Directory by member type and by area of expertise to learn more about are businesses of interest. 

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site. Promote your skills in a professional platform, network with professionals in your field of interest, and connect with recruiters. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network, discover contacts you know at a company. Leverage your contacts to provide yourself with an edge in your job search.

Ensuring that your online reputation is protected is essential whether trying to get a job, or even go on a date. The mission of Reputation Management is to educate both individuals as well as corporations as to the best methods to protect and enhance their reputation online.

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Student Employment

Student employment offers campus-based, part-time employment opportunities for enrolled Augusta University students.
Hiring Departments, please review our best practices for posting on-campus jobs.

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Types of Student Employment

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Part-time, paid positions at Augusta University where a portion of the student’s wages are funded under a federal grant. You must qualify for this program through the Office of Student Financial Aid. You must have a completed FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid to verify if you are eligible for the Federal Work Study program.

  • If you have a Federal Work Study award, please be sure to relay this to any campus hiring department you contact or apply to.

Student Assistant (SA)

Part-time, paid positions at Augusta University where the hiring department funds 100% of the student wages. All students who are currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program are eligible for the SA Program. Financial need is not a factor.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

Graduate Assistantships are managed by The Graduate School and are highly competitive opportunities. Some departments list their GA opportunities in Handshake. To learn more about the eligibility requirements visit the Graduate School website.

Tips for Applying to Employment Opportunities

On campus employment opportunities are very competitive. Students who are already taking courses at Augusta University have immediate access to the Handshake job portal to search and apply for on and off campus opportunities using your Jagnet credentials here. Please adhere to the following tips to ensure your success in seeking student employment positions:

Saved Search Notification

Stay abreast of the latest on campus student employment listings posted by creating a saved search notification that will email of new opportunities posted on Handshake.

Contact Campus Departments Directly

Inquire directly about student employment opportunities on campus. Not all open positions will be listed in Handshake.

Resume Samples

View sample resumes in the Career Guide so that you can build your own resume and submit it for critique. Your first resume in Handshake must be approved for use in the portal. Feedback will be provided via email within 1-2 business days of receipt. 

Resume Critique

Students are encouraged to submit their resume for a critique to Career Services via email.   Your first resume in Handshake must be approved for use in the portal. Feedback will be provided via email within 1-2 business days of receipt.  Samples can be found in our Career Guide

Quick Video Tips

Resumes, interviewing, interview attire and professionalism to help you prepare for and potentially secure an on-campus employment opportunity.


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Gain Experience

“Experience with the degree is critical for making the most of a job search in any economy. Students that invest in obtaining an internship or co-op position while pursuing their program of study will typically find their resume at the top of the stack when entering a job search upon graduation.”

Julie Goley, Director/ Augusta University Career Services

Julie Goley


Ways to Gain Experience

Internships & Co-Op Experience

Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the student's major and/or career goal. The internship plan generally involves students working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship. Non-clinical internships are available through the Augusta University Volunteer Services Department. Learn More.

Interning for Academic Credit

If you are looking for academic credit for internships, it is best that you check with your academic department to find out if and how you may obtain academic credit for internships. These regulations vary greatly by academic departments. Very few academic programs at Augusta University require internships; however, Augusta University Career Services is a strong advocate for students getting the experience because we see the value of it daily in the employability of our new graduates.

Although Augusta University Career Services does not provide academic credit for internships, we meet with students who are seeking guidance in finding internships on their own or in conjunction with academic programs. We do offer listings of internships provided by employers that are both paid and unpaid. We also offer guidance for how to develop your own internship contacts and other resources to cultivate experience to coincide with education.

Cooperative Education Offers:

  • Flexible work plans
  • Helps students to gain PAID, career related experience while in school
  • PARALLEL CO-OP offers part-time positions in conjunction with school
  • ALTERNATING CO-OP offers alternating terms of full-time work and school
  • Positions typically last at least 2 semesters in length, with more than one third resulting in full-time job offers upon graduation.
  • PAID internships for one semester are also available.


Eligibility Requirements for Co-Op

  • A declared major with at least 24 credit hours complete
  • Enrollment in at least 12+ hours a term (9 hours for graduate students per term)
  • An Overall GPA of at least a 2.5 (Cumulative or Adjusted)
  • Transfer students must have at least one semester at Augusta University in order to establish your GPA at the university.
  • Ability to commit to at least two work semesters in a Co-Op assignment while enrolled

If you meet the requirements listed above, call 706-737-1604 to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor in the Career Services Department to explore registration for co-ops and internships posted with our office.


Volunteering for a non-profit organization is a less structured and less formal way to develop important career preparation skills and contacts. Review this list of Volunteer Services Sites and Organizations to find an employer whose mission matches your degree or career interests. Looking for volunteer experiences in healthcare, get volunteer experience through the Augusta University College Volunteer Program which offers a volunteer opportunities designed especially for college students. The VolunJAGS College Volunteer program is divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters, enabling college students to volunteer within the medical center during a specific semester without worrying about changing their volunteer schedule every semester as their academic schedule changes.

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Co-Op/Research/Science Resources

Getting Involved With Research - whether you plan on continuing your education in graduate or professional school, or plan to enter the job market, performing independent research can help you get there. Getting involved in research gives you the opportunity to learn valuable laboratory skills, be responsible for your own project, and also what it means to be part of a larger picture. The Center for Undergraduate Research can give you meaningful research experiences with faculty on the cutting edge of research.


Volunteering is one of the best ways to gain experience in a field you are interested in pursuing. Many times, volunteer experience can be just as valuable as research experience.

Internship/Co-Op Information

An internship/co-op is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. Internships and Co-ops are excellent ways to build your resume and gain experience in your field of study.


External Internship Opportunities

Student Success Stories

Kendric McIntyre, Marketing Major Alumnus

Search Specialist, Powerserve

By gaining this important internship, knowledge, experience and being involved with these professionals, I am getting one step closer to achieving my goal of being able to help business owners leverage proven, results-driven online.

Student Testimonial pic from Kendric McIntyre