Jobs and Internships
The Springfield College Career Center posts jobs through Handshake in order to aid students and alumni in their career-related endeavors. Postings that are found in Handshake do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the said employer by the Career Center or the College, nor any relationship between the College and the said employer.
Springfield College makes no implied or express warranties, guarantees, or representations regarding position listings or the accuracy of information provided by the employer. The College assumes no control over links embedded in job postings and the College is not responsible for the legality, accuracy, or any additional aspects of the content of links. The College is not responsible for wages, working conditions, safety, or any additional aspects of employment off-campus without limitation.
Whenever students or alumni pursue any position opportunity in Handshake or one found from any other source, it is their responsibility for performing due diligence in comprehensively researching employers when applying or securing employment and also for researching the reputations and facts, in earnest, of each agency/organization that one applies to. Please review tips and recommendations related to identifying and avoiding fraudulent jobs and scams on the Career Center's website. Alumni and students should be cautious and exhibit practical and sound judgement when applying for or securing/accepting any position.
Additionally, the Springfield College Career Center website contains external links to other websites for user convenience, however, they are beyond the control of Springfield College and are not affiliated with the College. When visiting external links, the user must refer to that external website's terms and conditions of use. The Springfield College Career Center is not responsible for the contents of any linked site. These sites are offered for informational purposes only. Inclusion of links to websites does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. If a user suspects misuse or abuse by a resource included on the Career Center website, they are encouraged to immediately notify the Career Center (413) 748-3222 or via email at email@example.com.
The Career Center's online career management tool is called Handshake. Handshake houses full time, part-time, summer internships as well as summer volunteer and part-time positions for students and alumni. In addition, it allows students to connect with employers and establish meaningful professional relationships with alumni. Students can also use Handshake to register for an array of events hosted by Springfield College, employers, and other local colleges within our consortium.
To log in to Handshake, students should use their Springfield College email (@springfield.edu). Individuals who have trouble logging into their account should contact the Career Center at (413) 748-3222.
Savvy Tips for A Well-Conducted Job Search
As you conduct your full-time, part-time, or internship search, it is critical that you are well-educated about potential scams and fraudulent jobs that sometimes exist in today's society. Whether you are using Job Connect or any external site or job board, always utilize your best judgment and thoroughly research positions, and their agencies, in their entirety prior to applying.
The Springfield College Career Center subscribes to standards set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Please review the suggested tips and recommendations while conducting any type of job search. Visit the weblink for the full article.
Unfortunately, not all employment opportunities are legitimate; entities may pose as employers as part of a scam to elicit personal information from or otherwise defraud their victims. Career centers and students alike must be vigilant about fraudulent employers and should identify steps to take to verify the legitimacy of an employer.
- Research company websites thoroughly: Does the company have a website? Does the website match up with the posting? Does the website look legitimate? Look to see if the organization is using a company domain versus a general Gmail or Hotmail account. Match the e-mail address to the company domain. Watch for e-mail addresses that are similar looking, but not the same. Look for “stock photos,” grammatical errors, and poor use of English language.
- Be leery of non-approved employment flyers on college campuses and other establishments.
- Use social media to research each employer, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn. Research the company on websites such as Glassdoor.com for feedback and complaints.
- Be cognizant of unsolicited e-mails that are not specifically directed to you. Many employers have access to resumes via career centers. Therefore, reach out to your career center should you have any concerns or questions.
- Keep your private information private! Don’t share personal information, e.g., social security numbers, banking information, credit or debit card numbers, PINs, passwords, birthday, address, mother’s maiden name).
- Never process ANY financial transactions. For example: Some companies offer opportunities to “make money really quick.” They will offer a “one day only special.” Their intent is to defraud you by sending or wiring money to your bank account. They will ask you to cash the check or send the monies to other accounts. Once your bank or financial institution processes the scammer’s check or financial request, you may be informed the monies are invalid or “not real.” In the meantime, you are held responsible for the funds the bank has sent at your direction to other accounts.
- Fraudulent companies are phishing for the unsuspecting, including you. Be aware of what you share and post online. If you feel uncomfortable or aren’t sure about certain companies or employers, talk to your career center.
Bottom line, if you have any questions, talk to someone before pursuing any opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.