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Programs and Services


Howard University’s official career education and job-search site, Handshake is a comprehensive career development portal that offers hundreds of job listings, career readiness events and other career related services. It provides students with information and resources for job market preparation.  Students can register for annual career fairs, on-campus interviews, and other career development activities hosted by the Office of Career Services. Click on the link above to take advantage of the opportunities provided.


One-on-one 30 minute career coaching sessions with an OCS Career Coach are available for all undergraduate and graduate students. These 30 minutes sessions are an excellent opportunity to receive guidance on how to align your academic and career goals. Please note that these sessions are by appointment only and are scheduled after students have taken the SuperStrong Assessment. The self-assessment tools offered by the Office of Career Services are designed to guide you in the right direction. The SuperStrong Assessment tool helps students plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and career.

Take the SuperStrong Assessment: 

  1. Students must first contact OCS via email to get the Howard specific access link 
  2. Click on the link to sign up for a free account
  3. Take the SuperStrong Assessment
  4. Schedule your appointment for a career coaching session on Handshake


We have thousands of companies that post full-time jobs,  internships, fellowships and other employment opportunities directly to the Handshake site, for Howard graduate and undergraduate students from all Schools and Colleges. Start your Handshake job search today, and get a head start on your career planning and execution. Please remember to upload your resume after getting it reviewed by a career services professonal.


Students have the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed to receive valuable feedback prior to beginning their job search. OCS career specialists or employer representatives will conduct resume review sessions throughout the semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check your HU emails regularly for session dates, times and location RSVP on Handshake to receive this one-on-one resume critique.


OCS staff and other expert industry partners will deliver career related information, through a series of weekly training sessions and workshops offered on Wednesdays. To view a listing of workshops and RSVP for the events, log on Handshake.

CAREER FAIRS (Fall and Spring)

HU Jobs ad Internships Fairs

  • The university's ALL Majors fair attracts over 150 employers and is designed to provide students and alumni from all classifications and majors, access to various employment opportunities from the private sector, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and contractors. RSVP on Handshake beginning February 2019
  • All Majors Career Fair (Fall) - October 2019 
  • College of Engineering & Architecture Fair – February, 2020 
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health Fair - November 2019 
  • College of Pharmacy - November 2019
  • School of Communications Fair - October 2019 
  • School of Education Fair - March 2020 

Graduate & Professional Schools Fair - OCS Graduate and Professional Schools Fair - TBA


Many employers and graduate schools programs, who recruit on campus, host pre-recruitment presentations and events throughout the semester. These presentations provide students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with organization representatives and the career opportunities prior to the active interview season. RSVP on Handshake.


Individual appointments are reserved for major and career exploration, cover letter reviews, and graduate school essays/personal statements. To take advantage of these sessions, students are required to schedule an appointment via Handshake.


Each semester, employers advertise available full-time positions, internships and fellowships on Handshake. Each employer will schedule interviews, for qualified applicants, in our interview suites on campus or at their office location. To be eligible to participate in On-Campus Interviews, students must register on Handshake, be in good academic standing, and must meet the minimum qualifications for the position outlined by the recruiting company.


Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

Student Eligibility

Eligibility is based on federal unmet need as evidenced by your FAFSA results.  Please check your financial aid package to check if you were awarded and to accept your aid. 

If you do not know how to check your aid or would like to be added to the waitlist, please email

Placement Process

New and returning FWS students must complete the onboarding process each year.  Please note that positions are limited and that students are encouraged to apply for opportunities following orientation.  Unresponsive students may also have their aid rescinded.

Activate Handshake Account

All FWS positions will be posted on Handshake.  Please activate your account to gain access to positions.

Email if you need assistance activating your account.


The Wisdom Wednesday Series was developed for students in the College of Arts & Sciences to facilitate career/industry awareness and exploration. The series allows students to engage with employers outside of recruitment events to gain career advice and increase industry awareness via individual speaker and panel events.  Students should come prepared to ask questions and have open dialogue with representatives.

Sessions will be held every Wednesday from September 2 – November 4 at 5 pm EST.  Register to attend upcoming events via Handshake.


9/2 – Job Search in Uncertain Times, facilitated by Gordan Chang, Director of Talent, Global Health Strategies. Register here.

9/9 – Health & Human Services: Exploring Careers in Policy, Advocacy, and Research, facilitated by Christopher Adasiewicz, Senior Vice President, Global Health Strategies. Register here.

9/16 – No Sessions.  Register for Career Fair!

9/22 – Department of State Internships, Fellowships, & Fulbright Info Session, facilitated by Yolonda Kerney, Diplomat in Residence, Department of State (Howard University Alumna). Register here.

  • Follow-up session: 9/23—Mastering the Federal Internship Search. Register here.

9/30—Careers in STEM for COAS Students Panel, featuring representatives from B&A, Biogen, OnPrem, and UPS. Register here.

Check back in October for more events!


Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Monday - Friday

Office of Career Services
C.B. Powell Building, Suite 212  
525 Bryant Street, NW
Washington, DC. 20059