The #1 place where students find jobs and build careers

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Founded By

  • Garrett Lord
  • Jonathan Stull
  • Ben Christensen

Founded in 2012

San Francisco, CA


While studying at Michigan Tech University, Handshake founders Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen, and Scott Ringwelski discovered the glaring inequality in career opportunities for students across the country. Believing that software had the potential to bridge this opportunity gap, they built the foundations of Handshake. The friends took their idea on a cross-country road trip to better understand the challenges students face when applying to jobs and to persuade college career centers to partner with them.

Handshake was created to ensure that all college students have equal access to meaningful careers. Since our 2013 founding in Michigan, our network of university and employer partners—and the impact for students—has grown exponentially. Within a few years, Handshake has become the leading early career community in the U.S.