On-Campus Recruitment


What is On-Campus Recruitment (OCR)?

On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) provides Barnard College students the opportunity to personally interact with employers through information sessions, site visits and career fairs. In addition, it provides students with the opportunity to interview for internships, volunteer positions, as well as full-time and part-time positions with employers who visit campus during the Fall and Spring semesters.

When Does OCR Begin and End?

OCR begins early September through late November for the Fall semester and early January through late April for the Spring semester. Please note that some industries and organziations do not make it a practice to participate in planned recruitinng through OCR. Many, in fact, recruit students on an ad-hoc, as-needed basis. The number of firms and organizations where Barnard students find jobs is not by any means limited to those that participate in formal OCR. If you ever have questions about specific opportunities or organizations, please don't hesitate to ask us at beyondbarnard@barnard.edu.

Who Can Participate in OCR?

OCR Policies and On-Campus Recruiting are reserved for matriculated, degree-seeking students of Barnard College, Columbia University. Barnard requires ALL students to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to participate in on-campus recruitment programs including but not limited to internships.

How Can I Participate in OCR? 


You must fully complete your profile in  Handshake.  This includes Contact information, educational information, employment preferences, demographic information, etc. This information is not accessible by any employers or your fellow students.  Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*). To make multiple selections, hold down either the Control Key (PC) or the Command Key (Mac) while clicking the left mouse button. Once you have filled out all the information completely, click on the Save button.

Please note that your Handshake profile needs to be updated annually at the beginning of each Fall semester.  This is to ensure accuracy of student contact information and employment preferences.

The employment preferences allow Beyond Barnard staff to send you targeted information on employment opportunities and career events that you are focused on.


Next, select the "privacy" sub tab and answer two key questions:  

  • Do you want to receive email notifications from Beyond Barnard? (We recommend answering “Yes”). You will receive periodic notifications of job opportunities, employer-based events, Beyond Barnard workshops/presentations, and special career events.  In addition, we strongly encourage you to monitor and read posted notices and reminders about events under the “EVENTS” section of our website so that you do not miss important events and career opportunities.
  • Do you want your resume to be included in our online eResume Books?  (We recommend selecting "yes" only if you are uploading a resume that has already been critiqued by Beyond Barnard staff. You can make an appointment to see advisors in Handshake, or come to Beyond Barnard during walk-in hours)

Release Agreement: By selecting “yes” under opt-in resume book and uploading a resume into an identified eResume Book you are agreeing to make this document available for release by Beyond Barnard.


After filling out your profile and completing the privacy questions, you will need to upload at least one resume before you can start applying for positions and begin your participation in OCR.

  1. Save your document(s) as a PDF
  2. Log-in to Handshake
  3. Select “Documents” tab
  4. Click on “Add New” button
  5. Type in the “Label” you wish to give your resume
  6. Under “Document Type” be sure the radio button next to “Resume” is selected
  7. Click on the “Browse” button and identify the resume document you wish to upload in the window provided and hit the “Open” button
  8. Finally, click “Submit”

Now, you have successfully uploaded your resume into Handshake. The above steps also apply to uploading cover letters, writing samples, transcripts, and more.  This assures that your documents remain formatted as you originally intended for employers to review. 

Again, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND having all documents you use for applying to opportunities reviewed by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA)  or advising staff prior to uploading them into Handshake. If you have questions, please email us at beyondbarnard@barnard.edu