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The Aspire Program


Handshake is a website providing job and internship postings, events, and special subscription resources specifically for Carthage College students and alumni.


Handshake for Employers

If you are an employer and wish to find experienced and dedicated employees, sign up on Handshake to request job postings for Carthage students and alumni! Our team will review your company and approve your profile; then, you will be allowed to post your position(s). Once you have posted a position, you will be able to view all of our student profiles and post detailed information about your position.  

  • A quick start guide for employers about how to create accounts and how to post positions on Handshake.

Handshake for Students and Recent Alumni

As a current student or a recent alumnus, Carthage has already made a Handshake account for you! You can claim your account to get started on viewing various professional opportunities!

Once you have your account, be sure to check out the jobs, employers, and events to view what opportunities are available for you! Take the exploration on the go by downloading Handshake for your mobile device by using these links:

Handshake for Faculty, Staff, and Experienced Alumni

If you graduated prior to May 2019, or are a faculty or staff member seeking Handshake access, you will need to register as a student on Handshake and request to connect with Carthage College.

Here are the steps:

1. Go to the Handshake student sign up page and select the “Sign up here” link in the top-right corner.
2. Complete the information appropriately using your email address. If you are a faculty or staff member who is not an alumna/us, please select the date you started working at Carthage.
3. Select the “Create Account” button once you have entered your information.
4. Check for an email message from Handshake about verifying your account.
5. Your request will be sent to Carthage College on Handshake to join as a student ,which it will be approved by a staff member in 1-2 business days.
6. While your account is being reviewed, you can add more information about yourself. This will help Handshake recommend jobs, events, and employers, as well as help employers find you based on your skills and experiences.
7. Once approved, you now have access to all of Carthage’s Handshake resources!

Alumni Appointments with The Aspire Center on Handshake

Alumni are able to schedule appointments with The Aspire Center through your Handshake account. Students will need to schedule appointments through Navigate on OneLogin.

After logging on to Handshake do the following:

1. Click the drop-down option from the “Career Center” tab in the top-right and select the “Appointments” option.
2. Here, click “Schedule A New Appointment” to begin the appointment scheduling process.
3. Choose a category that relates to either your field of interest you wish to meet about.
4. Now you can select which type of appointment for which you wish to meet our staff. 
5. Then, select a date and time to meet for your appointment.
6. Finally, type the reasoning you are scheduling the appointment for and what you are hoping to get out of it.
7. The appointment is now scheduled, so mark it down in your Google Calendar and we’ll see you soon!

Job Search Safety

Conduct a successful and safe job search by following some general tips:

  • Research each company to which you are applying. Google the name of the company followed
    by the words “fraud”, “complaint”, “scam” and “reviews.”
  • Beware of check and money order scams. Some may be disguised as personal assistant jobs.

Here are some red flags that should prompt concern:

  • You are hired before meeting with the employer (either physically or via Skype)
  • Job description misspellings
  • You are asked to give credit card or bank account information along with your personal
    information (e.g. social security number, driver’s license number, etc.)
  • You are asked to send a payment to apply
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check
  • You are promised a large salary for little work in an entry level position
  • You receive an email from a seemingly legitimate company but the email address does
    not match the company’s website domain (e.g. vs. Be cautious of general email accounts (e.g. Gmail,
    Yahoo, and Exchange)
  • Job posting does not mention responsibilities. Instead, it focuses on the money you will
  • If the position is an international opportunity, does it include travel expenses and
    upfront fees? Again, research the company.

**If a job opportunity seems too good to be true or you feel uncomfortable,
proceed with extreme caution and report the employer to The Aspire Center!**

If you feel like you received a seemingly fraudulent posting, report it to Carthage College The Aspire Center or The Internet Crime Complaint Center and end all communication with the employer.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …