Thank you for your interest in recruiting Loyola University New Orleans students and alumni for job and internship opportunities at your organization. To have your opportunity marketed to our students and alumni, register on Handshake, Loyola's online career management system and recruiting portal and follow these instructions for creating a posting.
Please note: all opportunities submitted will remain "pending" (and not viewable by students or alumni) until they have been reviewed for completeness and screened for appropriateness. This process is typically completed in less than 2 business days.
When creating a job or internship posting, be sure to include the following information to ensure your position is approved in a timely manner. In order to be approved for posting in Loyola University New Orleans Handshake account, the opportunity must:
- Be a full-time, part-time, seasonal, temporary, or internship opportunity appropriate for students and/or recent alumni
- Target majors, programs, and interests of Loyola University New Orleans students. To learn more about our degree programs, click here.
- Include a position title as well as clear and complete job or internship description including duties and/or responsibilities
- Provide the location of the position
Remember: the more information you provide, the better a student can determine if your position piques their interest. We strongly encourage postings to include:
- Start date
- End date (if applicable)
- Wage/compensation information
Writing an Effective Internship Description
How you describe your internship will determine the type of interest and candidates it generates. For this reason, it is important to make the most of your internship's description in Handshake. Here are some steps you can take to ensure our students know what they would be applying to and why they should.
Let Them Know Who You Are
Whether your compainy is a small operation or has Fortune 500 status, students can be unaware or unsure of what your company does. It is increasingly important for students to also know how and why you do it. So share details about your company's history and industry, the services or products that are being provided, and the values that inform the work being down. What type of work environment can they expect? Can you point to previous interns who have gone on to suceed at your company or in other professional opportunities as a result of taking part in the opportunity you are posting?
Sharing these types of details builds context that can help students determine if your company is right for them. This can create an applicant pool that you know is serious about the work you do and that aligns with your company's values.
Let Them Know What They Will Do
Providing them with accurate and thorough details is also important to helping students visualize themselves as your intern and thus determining if it is an opportunity for which that should apply. List responsibilities that include day-to-day duties and tasks. Describe what the student should expect to learn through this internship, otherwise known as learning objectives. Will they participate in company meetings? What about networking events? These can be viewed as added value to the experience. Internships that will allow them to connect with professionals from whom they can learn will be an expected criteria for many of the students.
Let Them Know The Particulars
Some companies are able to compensate students with a competitve hourly rate or significant stipend, which proves to be both wonderful and deserved. However, monetary compensation is only one type of benefit. Be sure to describe the mentoring and training the intern will receive. Ongoing mentoring and training are key elements of all internships.You are much more likely to get your internship posting approved and generate serious candidates when this type of benefit is incorporated into the student experience. Additionally, you will want to provide the dates of the internship, desired hours, and location of the internship.
Let Them Know Who You Are Looking For
What are the requirements? Some companies will have specific majors they are looking to hire and maybe even a minimum GPA. Let the students know this. You can also set these requirements when creating your post in Handshake. Be as specific as you need to be in your description, however. If you are open to different majors and backgrounds, be sure that is clearly expressed. If you are looking for a student with prior experience, let this also be known, but be careful. Some students shy away from applying to internships that require experience because they aren’t sure if their experience applies. Many internships do not require previous experience; if this is true for your organization, be sure to state it.
Other requirements might be specific skills and abilities or experience using certain softwares or computer applications. Whatever it is, be sure the students have the opportunity to know it before applying.
Let Them Know Your Process
Besides your contact information (name, title, email address, website, etc.), so they know to whom they are submitting their application and documents, students should also be given information about next steps in the application procedure. When possible, provide details related to your application timeline. When is the application deadline? When is the hire date? When can candidates expect contact if selected for an interview?
These details remove some of the ambiguity from the expereince and help students set reasonable expectations.
Having technical difficulties or questions about Handshake? Contact the Career Development Center at 504-865-3860 or 504-865-3860. You may also visit the Handshake Help Center for employers.