Get Connected, Spartan Engineers! We recommend two primary platforms for connecting with employers, Handshake and LinkedIn. Just like you need to know the fundamental theorems of calculus, you need to know how to optimize these critical networking and job search systems. This is the spot to learn how to get the most out of Handshake and LinkedIn.


Our online recruiting system, Handshake, connects employers with MSU students. Students can research companies, apply for jobs, register for events and send peers questions. 

Use the Handshake Guide to get started in the system!

Plus check out our 5 tips for making the most of Handshake!

1. Upload your updated resume This will help you complete your profile + you'll need it to start applying to jobs!

2. Complete your Career Interests. This helps ensure you will see the most relevant jobs and events in the system.

3. Update your privacy preferences to make sure employers can message you and make sure your resume is public.

4. Follow employers and jobs your are interested in. This way you'll get notified of new jobs, application deadlines and event registrations for your top employers.

5. Create Saved Searches to have new jobs emailed to you weekly!


LinkedIn is a great platform to uncover potential Spartan friendly opportunities, to search for jobs, and make connections with people who work in jobs and at companies of interest. 


Check out our tips for optimizing LinkedIn.

1. Build your LinkedIn profile. A complete profile makes it easier for recruiters to find you. 

2. Build your Job Search Alerts and Job Preferences to receive relevant job postings via email and make it easier for recruiters to find you. 

3. Network like a champion! Read Chapter 8 in WHO Logic to learn how to build a networking and communication plan. You can do this!

Check out our Michigan State University Engineering Connection LinkedIn Group!



These are signature events for engineering students and employers to kick off the fall recruiting season at Michigan State University! The College of Engineering will welcome 15+ employer partners who are looking to engage with first-year through senior-level talent seeking co-op, internship, and full-time opportunities as well as those curious and looking to learn more about these companies / industries.

Freshman Extravaganza

Sept. 7th | 4-7pm | Wilson Courtyard 

Partners Showcase Career Exchange

Sept. 8th | 2-6pm | Munn Arena 


Industry days is a series of days organized by industry sectors to provide students the chance to network with company reps in an informal setting and participate in interactive demonstrations all while experiencing the future of industry and technology.


This is a chance to familiarize yourself with companies and make initial connections leading into the Fall Engineering Exchanges. This is a no resumes event!

Automotive & Mobility Day

Sept. 12th | 1-4pm | Wilson Courtyard

Civil, Energy & Environmental Day

Sept. 13th | 1-4pm | Wilson Courtyard

Manufacturing Day

Sept. 14th | 1-4pm | Wilson Courtyard

Computing, Electronics and Technology Day

Sept. 15th | 1-4pm | Wilson Courtyard


Virtual Career Exchanges are engagement events that encourage networking between students, alumni, and recruiting professionals that will open the door to co-op, intern, and full-time opportunities. 

These events will all be virtual! Register to attend the fair on Handshake, and then sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with the employers you'd like to meet with. On the day of the fair, simply log into Handshake, navigate to the fair page, and click on the My Sessions tab to start your meetings. Make sure you are using Google Chrome. Check out Handshakes guide to learn about finding companies, signing up and system requirements.  

Mechanical Engineering Exchange

Sept. 20th | 3-6pm | REGISTER

Civil + Environmental Engineering Exchange

Sept. 22nd | 3-6pm | REGISTER

Electrical + Computer Engineers Exchange

Sept. 27th | 3-6pm | REGISTER

Computing + Computational Data Sciences Exchange

Sept. 29th | 3-6pm | REGISTER

Applied Engineering Sciences Exchange

Oct. 4 | 3-6pm | REGISTER


Chemical + Material Sciences + Biosystems Engineering Exchange

Oct. 6 | 3-6pm | REGISTER





We frequently distribute resume books to employers that reach out to us.  Maximize your odds of finding a co-op by dropping your (updated) resume! Check out the Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 Co-Op/Intern resume books.


Did you know you can get credit for your internship or co-op? Once you have secured employment head over to this page to learn more. 


MSU hires more than 17,000 students per year! Check out this list of current on-campus jobs posted in Handshake. Some departments might post on their own site, for those check out MSU department resources. Interested in Undergraduate Research? Review opportunities here.


Here are a few of our favorite job boards (besides


If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, please contact No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information especially social security numbers or financial information! Find more tips on avoiding scams here