About Internship Reviews

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What are Student Reviews? Student Reviews are an opportunity for students to share feedback on internship experiences with other students and their employer.  We encourage students to provide honest, constructive feedback in their own voice. Students may edit, update or delete their reviews at any time.

  • Currently students at 81 pilot schools have filled out internship reviews. We do not yet have a firm timeline on when internship reviews will be made available to all students to fill out. 

All reviews must comply with our Content Guidelines before being posted on an employer's Handshake Company Page. You can find more information on our Content Guidelines in the section below, as well as in this article: Handshake Internship Reviews - Content Guidelines


Example Handshake Company Page with Reviews

Why Student Reviews?

We want to help students

  • Explore careers and make decisions with more information
  • Get advice specific to the companies and roles they’re interested in
  • Gain insight into company culture, mentorship, and learning, which is often harder to gauge

We want to help employers:

  • Engage all students by giving them an authentic look into the company from their peers.
  • Tell your brand story by activating former interns as brand ambassadors.  
  • Get authentic feedback by giving you access to thoughtful, nuanced, reviews written by students from all backgrounds and moderated by us.


FAQs for Students


What are the privacy options for my review?

Note: Your review is currently not published in Handshake, meaning that nobody can see your review except for your Career Center. It will not be published until the reviews feature is launched in early March.

You have three options for privacy settings on your review:


    • Public: Your Full Name, Profile Picture, School Year, Major and School are visible to your career center, students at your school, students at other schools, and employers.
    • Hidden Name and Profile Picture: Your Full Name and Profile Picture are hidden. Your School Year, Major and School are visible to your career center, students at your school, students at other schools, and employers.


  • Not Visible to Students or Employers: Your review is not published. Only your Career Center can see your review.



Will my employer be able to see my review?

Yes, your employer will be able to see your review if it is “Public” or “Hidden Name and Profile Picture.”


Can I edit or delete my review?

You can edit or delete your review at any time by visiting your profile and clicking on the “Reviews” tab.


How will reviews appear in Handshake?

When reviews are published in early March, they will appear on company pages in Handshake. See example below:

My review is “pending approval” what does that mean?

If you see a “pending approval” notice above your review, it means that Handshake’s moderators have yet to look at your review. It should take no more than 5 business days for moderators to approve a review.  

Handshake moderators read every review before they are published to ensure they comply with our Content Guidelines:


  • Authoritative: The reviewer must have worked for the employer being reviewed
  • Unique: Only one review per internship or job experience
  • Original: All reviews should be original
  • Comprehensible: All reviews should be literate and comprehensible
  • Not Personal: No negative reviews that identify individuals or contact info
  • Not Profane: No profanities, threats of violence or discriminatory language
  • Not Confidential: Cannot reveal confidential company information
  • Not Spam: No advertisements or irrelevant content


My review was declined - what do I do?

If you see an alert that your review was declined, our moderators will have included an explanation about why it was declined in relation to our Content Guidelines.

We strongly encourage you to edit your review according to that feedback and resubmit it for re-moderation. We want to make sure other students can read and learn about your experience!


Can an employer flag a review for removal?

Yes. If a student leaves a review that the employer believe violates Handshake’s Content Guidelines, they may flag the post for moderation. Our content moderators will check that review and, based on the Content Guidelines, determine whether to keep the review up or remove the review from public view. In most cases, we will notify the student of the complaint and provide an opportunity for you to correct the issue.


What schools are participating in the pilot?

Abilene Christian University
Adrian College
Alabama A&M University
Arizona State University
Babson College
Bard College
Bates College
Belmont University
Bethany College
Boston University
California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Central Michigan University
Colby College
Covenant College
Creighton University
Davidson College
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Eastern Michigan University
Emory University
Fayetteville State University
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Florida State University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia State University
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Muhlenberg College
Oakland University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University Northwest
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Seton Hill University
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
The University of Michigan
The University of Oklahoma
The University of Tampa
Tulane University
University at Buffalo
University of Arizona
University of California Berkeley
"University of California, Irvine"
"University of California, Santa Barbara"
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wyoming
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Weber State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wichita State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

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