The Ferguson Career Center offers career coaching sessions and weekly workshops to help students navigate the journey from exploring a career to finding a job. Schedule an appointment, attend an event, or browse our career resources in Handshake.
Considered a best value college for its return on investment, H-SC ranks among the top 10 colleges for career preparation according to The Princeton Review and The Wall Street Journal. An H-SC alumnus will earn more than graduates from other institutions, and he'll do it with support from the 2nd best alumni network in the nation.
Handshake is the ultimate career recruiting platform for students.
Finding a job and building a career can be daunting. Handshake is here to help. Whether you're looking for an internship, full-time job or don't know where to begin, you can use Handshake to
- discover employers and opportunities,
- submit applications,
- find career education resources, and
- connect with alumni at Hampden-Sydney College events.
We're actively reaching out to our alumni and friends of the College to post opportunities in Handshake so you can make the most out of your H-SC connections.
Please log in and complete your profile. The more information we know about you, the better we can communicate with you specifically about internships and jobs in the field and location of your choice.
You may opt for the “Single Sign-On” (SSO) option, and enjoy safe, simple access to the platform from any secure identity or device.Login to Handshake
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Spring Career and Internship Fair - February 20
If you have a former employer, parent, or family friend interested in recruiting H-SC students, please refer them to Casey Tharpe, Associate Director of Employer Relations. We will have students from Hampden-Sydney College, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg and Randolph College in attendance. Contact the Career Center if you are interested in attending.
If you need help finding an internship, the Career Center can help you find one - come visit us, schedule an appointment, or explore Handshake!Internships
Micro-Internships - NEW!
What is a Micro-Internship?
Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional projects posted by employers across a wide range of industries. Projects require 5 to 40 hours of total work and can be completed remotely. New opportunities are posted on a rolling basis.
What are the benefits of a Micro-Internship?
- Learn and hone the skills employers look for when recruiting for traditional internships and full-time positions
- Explore new industries and potential career paths without a major commitment
- Build relationships with employers by demonstrating your skills and abilities in substantive projects
- Quickly add great experiences to your resume while getting paid!
How do I get started?
To begin exploring, simply create a profile here. Creating a profile takes just a few minutes, and from there, you’re a couple of clicks away from seeing the opportunities! If you are selected for a Micro-Internship, you will receive an email about how to contact the employer to discuss dates and details about your micro-internship project.
Hire a Tiger
Want to recruit a fellow alumnus or current student?
We’d love for you to create an account on Handshake. If you are new to Handshake, follow the Handshake instructions. If you have a Handshake account, we encourage you to label your job and internship opportunities with the labels, “HSC Alumni Posting”, “Family/Friends of H-SC”, and “Experiential Learning.” If you have trouble labeling your opportunity, email email@example.com the direct link to the positon, and our office can attach the links for you.
How else can you support our office?
We value contributions of your time and experience to our students. Whether you offer your time for informational interviews, serve as a mentor, or simply give guidance your time and expertise is greatly appreciated. For more information on connecting with current Tigers, contact the Ferguson Career Center at (434) 223-6106.
Employer Partnership Program
Increased Visitbility, Exclusive Pipeline, Events & Resources
By joining the Employer Partnership Program, your organization can develop a strong brand at Hampden-Sydney College resulting in increased visibility with our highly talented and diverse student population. Our Career Center works with your organization to maximize the impact of campus outreach, visibility, access to students by an exclusive pipeline, and to provide consultation with Career Services staff, university faculty, and administrators.
H-SC Career Services graciously accepts contributions from our valued employers to help support the important programs and services we offer to students. Through the Employer Partner Program, employers can make a significant impact on our career development resources.Employer Partnerships Program
How do I access Handshake?
Sign in to Handshake with your Hampden-Sydney user ID and password. We encourage you to complete your profile in order in order to get the best job recommendations, messages, and events that matter to you.
How do I learn the new system?
Handshake has a number of tutorials and a great support team. Below are quick resources to help you get started with Handshake.
- Help Center (support articles, quick videos, content for students)
- Video Library (student overview, etc.)
- What you'll see when you first log in
What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?
Much of your information is brought over from the our databases, which comes straight from the Registrar. We recommend connecting with the Registrar's office to be sure your information is correct. For additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find events and information sessions in Handshake?
Information sessions and career workshops can be found by clicking "Events" from the lefthand menu. Career fairs can be found by clicking "Fairs" from the lefthand menu.
We know our graduates do well after leaving the Hill. Our outcomes prove that.Graduate Outcomes
Ferguson Career Center
Director of the Ferguson Career Center, Stephanie Joynes
Associate Director of Employer Relations, Casey Tharpe
Associate Director of Career Education, Vince Decker
Administrative Manager, Emily Fulcher