WGU graduates are ready to work. That’s because WGU degree programs are designed with employer input to ensure that students master the skills employers are looking for—and in order to graduate, they must prove it through competency-based education. It is all about producing graduates whose degrees stand as proof of an alum’s real-world competencies, not simply a certificate of seat time.

Why Handshake and What Is It?

Handshake is a nationally used powerful recruiting platform, enabling employers to connect with talented students and alumni from WGU in a single click.  Connecting with WGU on Handshake will allow employer partners to post jobs and internships as well as volunteer opportunities, and promote events to WGU students & alumni completely free of charge. Most institutions require fees for their employer posting/advertisements.

WGU will now be able to stay on the cutting edge with Handshake that has:

  • 800+ colleges and universities.
  • 14 million students and alumni.
  • 300,000 employers.
  • 100% of the Fortune 500 & companies of all sizes. 
  • Handshake offers personalized job recommendations & customized search results to individual users.
  • Handshake is mobile friendly; native apps for students (iOS, Android).
Post your positions on Handshake


Employer Policies & Guidelines


NACE & Equal Employment Opportunity
In order to provide fair and equitable services to our students, alumni, and employers, employers must subscribe to the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recruitment and employment guidelines and laws established by the Federal government. We do not knowingly furnish assistance and facilities for interviewing or other career services functions to employers who discriminate in their selection of employees on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veterans status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

Third Party Recruiters

Third party recruiters are agencies, organizations or individuals recruiting candidates for employment opportunities other than for their own needs. Third party recruiters using WGU Career & Professional Development are expected to follow the same policies and procedures established for recruiters representing their own organization. In addition, third party recruiters are expected to adhere to several specific practices to ensure open and accurate communication with WGU students and alumni.

Career & Professional Development will provide assistance to third party agencies only when a third party recruiter meets the following conditions:

  • Meets the NACE and EEOC policies and laws described above
  • Charges no fees to the candidate
  • Reveals to WGU Career & Professional Development the identity of the employer being represented and the nature of the relationship between the agency and the employer, and permits the career center to verify this information by contacting the named client
  • If requested, provides a position description to WGU Career & Professional Development for valid openings.

Right to Refuse Service

We reserve the right to refuse service to employers for factors such as the following:

  • Misrepresentation by dishonesty or lack of information
  • Fraud
  • Complaints by students
  • Harassment of Western Governors University students, alumni, or staff
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Requiring, at the time of application, personal information such as bank and social security numbers
  • Positions not likely of interest to college students or alumni
  • Excessive outlay of personal funding required to obtain the position
  • Failure to adhere to WGU Career & Professional Development policies and/or any violation of rules and regulations, and local, state, or federal laws.

Employer Relations Coordinator

Michael Kimball-Bryant
866.895.9660 ext. 3509