Student Life

Career Services


We are here to help you achieve your goals.

Career Services will help you assess your strengths and provide you the tools you’ll need to successfully achieve your personal and professional goals. As a Mountaineer, we know that you’re an adventurer, pioneer and entrepreneur–career services staff is here to help you craft your next adventure.

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Getting ahead

A Western student faces interviewers in a mock graduate school interview.


Build your workforce at Western.

Western’s Career Services office supports students and alumni at all levels of career development. We work with students individually and in group settings to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills to envision, plan and execute successful internship and job searches.

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Finding top talent

Western students talk with businesses and recruiters at one of our many career fairs throughout the year.


Handshake connects Western students, employers and alumni.

Whether you’re a student, employer or alumni looking to make career-related connections at Western, you can use Handshake as a career services hub. Take advantage of the Handshake platform to search for internships and jobs, make appointments and expand your network.

Handshake is your hub for making appointments with Career Services and for searching for jobs, internships and careers. New student accounts are created automatically, usually within a week of registering for your first classes. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Use your Western credentials to login to Handshake and activate your account. Your username is your stu# (including the “stu”) and your password is the same one you use for MyWestern. Login the first time to activate your account.
  2. Once logged in, upload your resume and fill out your profile.
  3. When you are happy with your profile, make it public so employers can find you. This step is optional but highly recommended!
  4. Contact Career Services if you’d like help with your profile or feedback on your resume prior to uploading.

If you already have a Handshake account, simply add Western Colorado University! If you are new to Handshake, create your free Handshake account and request to connect with us. Your free account allows you to post jobs and internships, propose events targeted to Western students, register for career fairs and more.

Employers (On-Campus & Work-Study Jobs)

Western faculty and staff who plan to hire on-campus positions through Handshake should create an employer account using their ‘’ email address and identify Western Colorado University as their employer.

Contractors and unaffiliated organizations who operate on campus and hire students through the federal/state work-study program will require an additional permission to post work-study jobs. After creating your employer profile, please contact us to be sure you are approved to post these types of positions.

Western alumni also get access to Handshake! Recent graduates will be transitioned to an alumni account by default, using your permanent email address as your username. If you are a Western alum from before May 2018 and would like to access Handshake simply register your free account online and give us about a day to review and approve your request.

Need Help?

Swing by Library 120, send us an email or search the online Handshake Help Center.

The office of Career Services at Western Colorado University posts job and internship opportunities for the convenience of our students. Western does not endorse or recommend employers, and a job or internship posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement or recommendation. Western makes no guarantees or warranties about job and internship postings or the accuracy of information provided by employers in those postings. Western is not responsible for wages, working conditions, safety or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. Students engaging in a job or internship search are responsible to perform due diligence in researching potential employers, including researching the history and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Any job seeker, including Western students, should use prudence and common sense when applying for or accepting any employment or internship offer.

Look for relevant information

Visit the company website. If the company does not have a website, or if the website does not appear to match the advertised position, be cautious. Take note of how “professional” the website looks and look for specific pieces of information that you would expect on any corporate or organizational site: Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and internships actually posted to the website itself? Can you find a physical address that is verifiable via Google Maps?

Check Consumer Services

The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission track formal complaints that have been lodged against businesses.

Check the Company’s References

Request a list of other employees or contractors, then reach out to those people to discuss their experience with the company. If a company is not willing to share references you should consider it a red flag.

Be Skeptical of Any Employer that Requires You to Pay Fees

Most legitimate employers will not charge applicants to apply or to accept a position. Do not send money for employment directories, hiring advice, company information, application fees or anything else related to a posted position. Some legitimate internship programs require placement fees, but remember that Handshake and other free databases are available to help you find internship opportunities.

  • Never give an employer information about your bank account, credit cards or other electronic payment accounts.
  • Do not register for direct deposit before your first day of actual work.
  • Do not “wire” funds or send payment by courier (e.g., UPS, FedEx, DHL) using a personal account.
  • Follow your gut. Do not reply to any posting that seems suspicious. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • In general, never agree to pay a fee to obtain a job or internship without consulting with trusted individuals first. While some fee-based programs are legitimate, most are scams designed to separate you from your money.

Review Salary/Payment Information

Be sure you understand the terms of payment prior to accepting any position. Ask if the position is paid via hourly wage, stipend, salary or commission, and how often you will be paid. Pay extra attention to any position that is unpaid.

Department Information

Career Services

Program Coordinator

Craig Beebe, Ed.S.

Assistant Director, Career Services

Contact Information


Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Library 120
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231