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Employer Job and Internship Posting Guide


Ready to recruit a Wave? We invite you to post internship and employment opportunities easily and at no charge through Handshake, our online career management platform. By posting your positions on Handshake, you will be reaching thousands of undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from Seaver College, the School of Public Policy, and the School of Education and Psychology. Find the perfect candidate for your company or organization by signing up today!

  1. Create a user account
  2. Join your existing company on Handshake, or create a new one
    • To take action with schools, you must first be connected to your company profile on Handshake. After you've confirmed your email, you will be prompted to search for your company and request to join or create a new company profile if your company is not yet on Handshake. If your company is already on Handshake, your company will populate as an option to select from. If it isn't, you will have the option to create a new company profile. Learn How to Create a New Company Profile.
    • Tips:
      • Use your corporate email address if you have one. This will not only ensure that your company profile displays as an option to connect with if the company is on Handshake, but it can expedite the approval process.
      • Request to join your company rather than a school you'd like to recruit from. Example: if you want to recruit from Pepperdine, don't select Pepperdine as your company. Instead, select Pepperdine as a school request in Step 4 (Connect with Schools). On-campus employers are the exception to this rule. 
  3. Request to connect with Pepperdine
    • To post jobs or events to students, you must request and receive approval from Pepperdine. After your account is validated and you've connected to your company profile, you can begin to request schools. 
  4. Customize your profile  
  5. Set notification preferences
  6. Take action
    • Once you've connected to Pepperdine, you will be able to post jobs, request on-campus interview schedules, manage your applicants, and more. Learn How to Post a Job.

Use the "Help" tool at the top, right of the page if you need assistance, or call (310) 506-4184.

Can I fax/mail my job listing or call the Career Center to list my job?
Due to the number of job postings submitted each day, the career center does not post any paper listings, nor do we accept job listings by phone. All jobs and internships must be posted on Handshake.

How do I create an employer profile on Handshake?
Handshake has created a handy guide to walk you through the process. Click here for help.

What do I do when my posting is rejected?

Employer registrations and job postings must meet Handshake and Pepperdine criteria and are rejected if criteria are not met or information provided by the employer is unclear. For Handshake policies for employers, visit the Employer Policies page

How can I post for students interested in Tutoring & Childcare jobs?
The Student Employment Office manages all off-campus jobs administered by families in Malibu and surrounding areas. You can post your position through Handshake as a normal part-time job and the SEO will assist you in finding a candidate that meets your needs.

How do I deactivate a job posting?
All jobs will expire according to your selected expiration date. If you want to expire your job, you can either select the small menu at the far right side of the job and choose "expire" or you can update the expiration date according to your preference. If your job expires or you want to post a similar description again, you can access your archived jobs, duplicate the position, and update it with any relevant information to post again for a new period of time.

How do I activate an expired posting?
Handshake allows you to re-post your archived (or expired) positions, so you avoid the inconvenience of re-creating the posting from scratch. To do this, log into Handshake with your login information. On the left toolbar, select "Jobs." In the upper right corner, select the "Postings" tab. Under "Status" select "Expired Postings" OR check the box in the left toolbar that says, "Include Expired Postings" - once you select the preferred job, you can pick the "Duplicate Job" button to start updating a new copy of the position.

Pepperdine is committed to preparing students for lives of service, purpose, and leadership. To that end, we seek to provide our students with real-world experience in settings where they can develop a commitment to service, a life of purpose, and a vision for leadership.

Our students are eager to take advantage of the real-world workplace opportunities afforded by an internship experience. Pepperdine University encourages students to pursue internships throughout the academic year and grants academic credit based on established criteria. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Our calendar is divided into three terms:

  • Fall--late August through early December
  • Spring--January through April
  • Summer--May through mid-August
    (Most students seek paid positions full or part-time)
  Internship Roles & Responsibilities 

Each party has responsibilities and expectations for each of the other parties. At Pepperdine University, we strive to facilitate appropriately balanced internships, where each party is aware of and capable of fulfilling their responsibilities. In this setting, internships can be rewarding and mutually beneficial.

Balance Learning and Labor: Perhaps the most unique aspect of an internship is its dual nature: it is both an exercise in learning and in labor. For an internship to be optimally successful, a balance between learning and labor must be maintained. Employers need to actively participate in providing learning opportunities for their interns. This can be facilitated through training sessions, job shadowing, attending strategy meetings, and other such activities.

Job Description: Developing a job description provides both the employer and the intern with a clear vision of the internship requirements and responsibilities and serves as the tool to help clarify expectations.

Learning Agreement: This document explains and develops the job description. Students identify specific and measurable learning objectives that meet both the job description and their academic requirements.

Instruction and Assessment: Hosting an intern requires making an organizational commitment to invest time and energy in educating the intern about the organization's culture, procedures, goals, and priorities. Initial and ongoing training as well as regularly scheduled assessments are integral to good internship management.

Physical Resources: For an intern to be a productive learner and worker, the space and tools necessary for a professional job must also be available. Typically, interns have public office space, including furniture, supplies, and access to a telephone and a computer. They may, of course, share these resources with other interns and staff. Please note that in order for internships to be approved on our internships database, the student must report to a business site. Internships that allow students to remotely/virtually or in a home-based business do not meet approved internship standards.

  Internship Benefits

Internships are a beneficial relationship between three parties: the University, the Employer, and the Student. Each party benefits from the relationship.

Benefits for the Student Intern:

  • gain experience in the marketplace
  • engage in career exploration and preparation
  • apply academic learning in a professional environment
  • contribute to an organization in a meaningful way

Benefits for you the Employer:

  • gain innovative staff assistance at a low cost
  • opportunity to impact the lives of students
  • flexible method for helping meet short and long-term goals
  • projects a favorable image in the community
  • provides a vehicle to screen potential employees

Benefits for Pepperdine University:

  • facilitates student learning in a non-traditional atmosphere
  • allows the University to establish partnerships within the business community
  • integrates academic and professional spheres
  Academic Internships
  • Academic internships for Seaver students must be with employers who provide work space in professional settings as well as the tools to complete the assigned internship learning projects. Students requesting registration in internship courses must intern at sites that are deemed public (not associated with private residences or attached to private dwellings).
  • Authentic, structured, and meaningful work experience with increasing responsibility
  • Participation in a planned learning environment
  • Well-defined learning objectives, which are measurable and can be completed over the course of the internship. Learning may be creative in nature, project-oriented, and facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, and/or personal development.
  • Students hired as academic interns must be enrolled in a Seaver College internship course. Employers may not require interns to work during class times.
  • Employers must meet the standards required by the internship faculty.
    Academic internships must coincide with the semester schedule. Employers must meet academic hiring deadlines.
    • FALL TERM: Last week of August
    • SPRING TERM: First week of January
    • SUMMER TERMS: First week of May
  Department of Labor Unpaid Internship Standards

Attention Employers: To post an unpaid internship, please review the following:

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division:
The Test for Unpaid Interns and Students

Courts have used the "primary beneficiary test" to determine whether an intern or student is, in fact, an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In short, this test allows courts to examine the "economic reality" of the intern-employer relationship to determine which party is the "primary beneficiary" of the relationship.

Courts have identified the following seven factors as part of the test:

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee—and vice versa.
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions.
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern's formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit.
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern's academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar.
  5. The extent to which the internship's duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning.
  6. The extent to which the intern's work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern.
  7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship.

Courts have described the "primary beneficiary test" as a flexible test, and no single factor is determinative. Accordingly, whether an intern or student is an employee under the FLSA necessarily depends on the unique circumstances of each case.

If analysis of these circumstances reveals that an intern or student is actually an employee, then he or she is entitled to both minimum wage and overtime pay under the FLSA. On the other hand, if the analysis confirms that the intern or student is not an employee, then he or she is not entitled to either minimum wage or overtime pay under the FLSA.

For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of Labor - Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.