Job Board: UCLA Main Campus

Yes! If you are a…

  1. Current UCLA Extension certificate program student
  2. UCLA Extension certificate alumni (free ≤ 3 months, followed by an optional paid subscription).

Handshake is the UCLA Main Campus’ job and internship portal. Eligible certificate students and alumni can subscribe and apply for opportunities at all career levels.

Here’s what you’ll need for a Handshake subscription:

  1. first name
  2. last name
  3. primary email (cannot be an “.edu” address)
  4. UCLA Extension Student ID (begins with an “X”). Write this EXACTLY as it appears in your UCLA Extension student record.

To verify the info on your UCLA Extension student account, you can log into your UCLA Extension Student Portal

If you are a UCLA alumnus who is now a UCLA Extension student, email us at careers@uclaextension.edu with your:

  • Full name
  • 9-digit UCLA ID (UID)
  • UCLA Logon ID
  • Name of the certificate program
  • Anticipated program completion date

If you have a Handshake account from another university (.edu address), update it to match your primary email address in your UCLA Extension record, along with your first and last name.  

  • To update your primary email in your UCLA Extension student account, go to your student portal. Please note any changes to your UCLA Extension Record take 24 hours to complete. You will have to wait 24 hours before opening a UCLA Handshake account. 
  • To update your primary email, follow the instructions here or chat with a Handshake agent here
  • If you are an Alumnus from another institution, go to the next section (in blue), below.

Handshake Membership Benefits:

  1. Attend Career Fairs hosted by UCLA (main campus) Career Center
  2. Apply to jobs

What’s NOT included:

  1. UCLA (main campus) Career Center advising appointments
  2. workshops organized by the UCLA (main campus) Career Center
  3. UCLA on-campus interviews

Here are some common errors when registering for a UCLA Handshake account. Read these carefully: UCLA Handshake Registration and Access Denied 

Before registering, please review these safety tips to avoid fraudulent employers.  UCLA & UCLA Extension pre-screens employers, however, we cannot guarantee that every employer and posting you encounter is legitimate.  If you suspect that a posting is fraudulent, do not click on any links or provide any personal information. 

If you have never opened a Handshake account, follow this 3-step process:

  1. Create a UCLA main campus Logon ID
  2. Next, create a UCLA Handshake account
  3. Lastly, confirm your email

Previous Handshake Users

If you already have a Handshake account from UCLA main campus or a previous institution, go to the next
section entitled “ALUMNI / UCLA Extension / UCLA Main Campus / Other university alumni

  1. Go to https://accounts.iam.ucla.edu 
  1. Click on “create a UCLA Logon ID” on the lower left-hand side of the screen. 
  1. Read and accept the terms of service, your responsibilities, and consequences of misuse by click on the box, “I agree to the terms of use.” 
  1. The next page asks you for your UID. Click “I do not have a 9-digit UCLA ID number (UID)” on the right-hand side. 
  1. Next, create your account. Make sure your first name and last name are EXACTLY the same your UCLA Extension record.  

Note: Your UCLA Extension record refers to your student account: Log-In to Student Portal

  1. Use lowercase letters for your UCLA Logon ID and activate single-sign on (SSO).  
  1. Once you have your UCLA Logon ID, write your username and password in a place you can easily find it. You will use this ID to log on to UCLA Handshake. We CANNOT find your username and password for you.  
  1. Go to https://sa.ucla.edu/CC/CareerServices/UserIdentification
  1. Sign in using the username and password you created in step 1 above.  
  1. You will be asked to register as a “new user”. 
  1. You will see a message saying “Sorry, we cannot find your record.” Below that message, you will see a blue button saying, “I am an Extension student / alumnus”. Click there.
  1. Next, enter your UCLA Extension student ID (starts with X) and your primary email. Make sure both your UCLA Extension Student ID and primary email match what is on your UCLAx student record.  

Note: Your UCLA Extension record refers to your student account: Log-In to Student Portal

  1. Click ‘submit’. 
  1. The system will ask you to re-enter your primary email ID. Enter the SAME primary email as you used in the previous step. 
  1. Log on to the primary email you sent the confirmation email to. This email should be the same as you entered when making your UCLA Handshake account and should match the primary email on your UCLA Extension student record.  
  1. After confirming your email address, you will receive a message saying your account is made. HOWEVER, the system takes 24 hours to process your registration. You should be able to log into UCLA Handshake after 24 hours.  
  1. Go to https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/. You can bookmark this page on your browser.  
  1. Click on “UCLA Click Here” and use your UCLA Logon ID that you created in Step 1 to log in. Do not use the email option, that will not work.  

If you graduated up to (≤) 3 months ago from a UCLA Extension certificate program, your Handshake subscription is free.

If you graduated more than (>) 3 months ago from a UCLA Extension certificate program, you will follow a 2-step process to renew a PAID subscription. Cost for renewal: $30 for 6 months.

The instructions below also apply to you, if you have “ever” opened a Handshake account at another university or college.

  1. Go to https://sa.ucla.edu/CC/CareerServices/UserIdentification
  1. Sign in using the UCLA username and password you created when first opening the account.  
  1. You will be asked to register as a “new user”. 
  1. You will see a message saying “Sorry, we cannot find your record.” In a moment, you will see a blue button saying, “I am an Extension student / alumnus”. Click there.  
  1. Next, enter your UCLA Extension student ID, (it begins with “X”), and your primary email. Make sure both your UCLA Extension Student ID and primary email match what is on your student record.  

Note: Your UCLA Extension record refers to your student account: Log-In to Student Portal

  1. Click < submit >.
  1. The system will ask you to re-enter your primary email ID. Enter the SAME primary email as you used in the previous step. 
  1. Log onto the primary email you used for email confirmation. This email should be the same as you entered when making your UCLA Handshake account, and should match the primary email on your UCLA Extension student record.  
  1. After confirming your email address, you will receive a message saying your account is made.  
  1. You will then be prompted to pay for your UCLA Handshake subscription.  
  1. Once the payment is made, the system takes 24 hours to process your registration. You should be able to log into UCLA Handshake after 24 hours.  
  1. Go to https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/. You can bookmark this page on your browser.  
  1. Click < UCLA Click Here > and use your UCLA Logon ID. Do not use the email option; that will not work.