Coe College, along with three other corridor colleges and universities, won a 2019 Gazette Business Award for its implementation and use of Handshake. Handshake is an online system designed to connect students, alumni and potential employers as they search for internship and job opportunities.
The Coe C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center, a catalyst for the college’s designation as the #15 school in the nation for internships, began using Handshake in 2018 as a way to seamlessly connect Kohawks with internships and careers.
"We encourage all Kohawks to utilize the services of C3 and Handshake as early as their first term. Gaining internship and other experiences helps students build their skills, their resume and their Handshake profile so that employers can find and recruit them more easily."
Handshake serves as a conduit for Kohawks to identify their career interests, apply for internships and jobs and read job-related student reviews. Kohawks are also able to seek advice from other students that got jobs they are interested in.
Handshake is used much like other career search engines but the internships and jobs posted here specifically target college students and alumni. In addition to internships and careers, Kohawks use Handshake to apply for on-campus work-study and summer jobs.
Unique to Coe, the Coe Promise, guarantees Kohawks will conduct research, study off-campus or complete an internship before graduating. As a result, year after year, nearly 100% of reporting graduates have been employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.