USC is Moving to Handshake


Important Update From USC Viterbi Career Connections 

We’re excited to announce that Viterbi Career Connections is joining Handshake in partnership with the USC Career Center and other USC school-based career centers, to create a seamless experience for USC students and employers.

What does this mean?

Starting July 1, 2024, USC Viterbi Career Connections will no longer use Symplicity (Viterbi Career Gateway) for career services advising, events, or online resources:

You will still be able to recruit engineering students using Viterbi Career Connections’ engineering-specific recruiting services, including:

  • Engineering-specific On-Campus and virtual Trojan Talks (Information Sessions)
  • Engineering-specific On-Campus Interviews
  • Engineering-specific Career Fairs, Networking Events and other signature events
  • Posting engineering-specific full time, part time and internship openings

When you connect with USC on Handshake, you will have the option to select a Career Center to host your event/interviews/register with. Scroll down to select Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections to engage in engineering-specific activities. 

Next Steps:

  • Employers/Organizations already on Handshake: You will receive an email invitation to connect with USC from the Handshake platform.
  • Employer/Organizations not yet on Handshake: You will receive an email invitation directly from Handshake to create an employer account and connect with USC.
  • Once you connect with USC on Handshake, Scroll down and select USC Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections as a Career Center for engineering-specific activities.

Important Dates for Employers

  • May 20, 2024: All new job requests should be submitted on Handshake. USC Viterbi will no longer approve jobs in the Symplicity platform.
  • May-June, 2024: Organizations will be invited to create their Handshake profiles. Organizations already in Handshake will still receive notification of the university’s transition to the platform.
  • June 3, 2024: Viterbi Career Connections Fall 2024 events will be open for registration on Handshake. You will also be able to request Trojan Talks and Interviews for Fall.
  • July 1, 2024: Handshake becomes USC’s university-wide career management system.

Handshake Activation Directions


What does Handshake offer employers?

  • Build your brand with Gen Z
  • Find the right talent
  • Efficiently scale your organization’s recruiting
  • Events and sourcing, together
  • Quickly convert qualified applicants in your funnel
  • Seamlessly integrate with existing tools such as Workday, Greenhouse, and more

Employer Handshake Help Center

Current Students:

Handshake, the largest career community for college students. Employers are recruiting students like you on Handshake.

  • Receive job and internship recommendations based on your interests
  • Connect with employers in every industry
  • Get an inside look at internships from other students
  • Check into campus events and career fairs from your phone
  • Learn from students and alumni who landed jobs you want

Activate Your Handshake Account

  • All current students already have a Handshake profile with their basic information.
  • Activate Handshake using SSO with your USC Net ID and Password
  • Note: Incoming students obtain access to Handshake once the Registrar indicates you are an enrolled students.
    • Fall admits: normally occurs mid-July thru early August
    • Spring admits: normally occurs mid-December thru early January
  • Handshake FAQs for Students

Incoming Students: 

DO NOT request a student handshake account through the platform. Incoming students whose first semester is Fall 2024 can expect to be granted access to Handshake in August 2024. We are making every effort to grant access sooner and appreciate your patience.

Once you have gained access to USC Single-Sign On (SSO), follow the directions under “current students.”

If you have any questions, please email

Published on May 20th, 2024

Last updated on May 20th, 2024