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The Office of Career Development at Ferrum College helps students establish career objectives and initiate a job search that meets the individual needs of the student. The Career Development Office offers resources and guidance for students to take key steps in self-assessment, career exploration, professional preparation and the employment search process.

Career Development is not just for seniors! The staff helps students find summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities that in turn help students make informed decisions leading to positive employment and/or graduate school choices.

Student Employment Opportunities

Handshake Tool

Ferrum College utilizes the Handshake application to post jobs to our students. This year, we are posting all of our work-study positions in the Handshake system. All current students have been uploaded into the Handshake system.


  • Click on the Sign-In link in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Click on the Handshake icon
  • You will need to use your Ferrum College credentials to sign in.
  • You will be prompted to answer some demographic questions and to complete your profile. You will also be asked to upload your resume, but that is not required to complete your profile.
  • Here is an article that can help you through this process: Getting Started with Handshake.


  • Click on the “Jobs” link at the top left-hand corner of the page
  • In the search box, enter “Ferrum”
  • You will receive a list of all the open work-study positions that have been posted. Keep checking back for new postings.


  • Once you find a position you are interested in, click the “Apply Externally” button (red).
  • You will be taken to Ferrum College’s Work Study Application form.
  • Please make sure that you note the following information from the role description, because you will need it to complete your application: Position Title and Department.
  • If you are applying for more than one position, you will need to fill out an application for each.

Looking for help?

Make an appointment to discuss a plan of action regarding your career, employment or graduate school search.

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