Talent is distributed evenly, but opportunity is often not. For many students, finding an internship or job has largely depended on access to on-campus career counselors, the quantity and quality of campus recruiters, or personal networks that offer the right connections. These connections, especially for students with limited access to such networks — because they are older, have a child, or have to work to pay for their studies — it is critical to close this gap between talent and opportunity. Handshake’s innovative technology offers a solution to democratize access to high quality jobs and internships for all students.
Providing equitable access to job and internship opportunities helps to level the playing field of opportunity for students. Employers are increasingly demanding a more diverse workforce. By giving students free access to the platform, Handshake is helping to level that playing field and providing employers access to a highly diverse population of students. Education is a key lever of individual empowerment and inter-generational mobility. Having the skills, competencies, and mindset one needs, and opportunity to use them, is what enables individuals to realize their full potential. While high-quality education can help close the achievement gap, platforms like Handshake can help close the opportunity gap and level the playing field for students.
My co-founders and I started Handshake because of the inequity we saw in students’ access to career opportunities. It's what drives us every day. And we've been lucky enough to build a team that is equally invested in this mission.