Career Services provides students and alumni at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology w​ith the resources and tools necessary to enter into and thrive in their chosen areas of ​​​employment. Career Services helps members of the learning community prepare for access and success in the professional world as practitioners and leaders by hosting relevant career-related activities and providing access to employment opportunities.​​



Welcome to Handshake, Career Services NEW powerful recruiting platform for ALL TCSPP students and alumni. Handshake uses cutting edge technology to help you more easily connect with employers and source jobs, internships, event information, and On-Campus Recruiting opportunities.

Login today and customize your profile. See what jobs, internships, On-Campus employment and much more available to you and other TCSPP students. Find out when events and fairs are coming up.

Handshake is available to all current TCSPP students and alumni.

Need help? Find 2-minute videos and answers to frequently asked questions in the Handshake Help Center​. Use this link or find it under "Help" in the upper right of your screen after you log into your Handshake account.

Require assistance from TCSPP Career Services? Please let us know more about your question here. 



Career Services Summer 2022 Webinar Series ​via ZOOM

Coming Soon...

  • Rapid Resources
  • Create an Effective Resume/CV and Cover Letter
  • Handshake: The Latest Updates
  • Acing the Interview
  • Developing your Professional Identity​
  • LinkedIn 101
  • Job Search Strategies​

 Handshake/Job Board

Welcome to Handshake, the Career Service's powerful recruiting platform for TCSPP students and alumni.  Handshake uses cutting edge technology to help you more easily connect with employers and source jobs, internships, event information, and On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) opportunities.                                                     

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Employers can use Handshake as a recruitment tool, to identify qualified candidates for open positions and manage on-campus recruitment activities.                                                                                                          

Log in to Handshake

New Students

Your Handshake account will be created after you enroll for the start of your semester or term of classes. It can take up to two weeks for your account to be created once these criteria are met.

Undergrad and Graduate Students

Log in to Handshake using your TCSPP Log In. For help with questions, visit our FAQ's or Handshake's support for students. Note: By choosing to use Handshake you agree to abide by TCSPP Career Service Terms of Agreement

Postdocs and Alumni

Click on the link that reads "You can also sign in with your TCSPP email address" and a box will appear where you can sign in with your email and create a password for your Handshake account.  Be sure to use your [email protected] email.​

​​The 10-Day Handshake Profile Challenge

These 10 small steps will help you kick off your career hunt painlessly and effectively using Handshake.​

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What can we help you find?

Quick Training Videos​

 Driving Profile Completion


 More Resources CLICK HERE


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 Student Employment

Student Employment​

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) offers various Student Employee positions across all campuses including remote employment opportunities. You can search for these employment opportunities on Handshake​ (TCSPP Career Services Job Board).

TCSPP offers Student Employment opportunities both on campus and off campus. TCSPP supports a variety of work opportunities to ensure that you can find a role that meets your needs. Student Employment is managed by the Student Employment Center (SEC). ​

Types of Student Employment - What's Right for You? 

There are two types of positions available for student employees: College Work Study (CWS) and Federal Work Study (FWS). CWS positions are funded by TCSPP where FWS positions are subsidized by the federal government as part of a student's financial aid package. For this reason, it is important for you to know your financial aid eligibility before applying for positions.​

Determining your FWS Eligibility

If you do not know your FWS eligibility, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete TCSPP's Student Employment Eligibility Form (SEEF) here: Link. Financial Aid will communicate with you about your FWS eligibility. If you do not qualify for a FWS-funded position, you may still apply for CWS-funded positions!

Applying for and Obtaining Student Employment

Available student employment opportunities are posted on Handshake​. When you find a position you are interested in, follow the application directions on the job posting. 

If you become a candidate for a position, the Hiring Manager will contact you to schedule an interview. Once the Hiring Manager has completed candidate interviews, they will tell the SEC who they would like to hire. 

If you are selected, you will receive an offer letter from the SEC. If you accept the position, you will be required to complete onboarding processes online. You are required to complete all on-boarding steps before you can work which includes updating your contact information and completing the I-9 document verification process.

International Students

If you are an international student in F-1 status, you are eligible for CWS positions only. These positions are listed as "On Campus (College Work Study)" in Handshake.


 Professional Development


Professional Organizations:

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology encourages all students to stay engaged in the psychology and related behavioral science communities. The below list of professional organizations aims to provide resources and opportunities for students to utilize during and after completion of their academic program. Please note: the below list is not exhaustive, and all students are encouraged to explore additional organizations to best support their professional success​.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):

Business Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology:

Business Psychology; Organizational Leadership:


Clinical Psychology:

Counseling Psychology:

Forensic Psychology:

International Psychology:

Marriage and Family Therapy:

Public Health:

School Psychology:

Business cards

Business cards are a useful tool to help market yourself and set yo​urself apart in a professional networking situation. Providing potential employers with a business card shows initiative and a sense of professionalism, and it is more practical than handing out copies of your résumé. A business card can help build your brand as a professional psychology practitioner, whether you are employed or seeking employment. 


When networking, the general etiquette is to offer your business card when concluding a conversation:


“It was nice speaking with you. Here’s my card, and let’s stay in contact!”


Handing out the business card at the beginning of a conversation is recommended when you are in an interview or meeting setting:


“Thank you for taking the time to meet with me. Here is my card to hold onto.”


 -----> Click here to download the TCSPP Student Business card template <-----


The TCSPP Student Business Card provides you with a branded school template that will allow you to input your personal information:

  • Name
  • Degree Level, Program of Study, and Campus
  • Phone Number
  • School E-mail
  • Social Media Link/Website

Recommended font is Arial Narrow.​

Poster Presentation 

Creating a professional poster is a great tool for promoting yourself and your work, and for educating others on your research findings. A poster has potential to reach a larger audience than a typical oral presentation. It allows you to interact with interested parties one-on-one, and it provides an opportunity to receive peer feedback before submitting a manuscript for publication. Presenting your research with a professional poster also creates valuable networking opportunities with fellow scholars who share your field interests. ​

 ​-----> Click here to download the TCSPP poster template <-----​​

General Poster Presentatio​n Tips

General Tips

  • Use large text for the title
  • Do not use all capital letters in the title 
  • Include the author(s) and a description of the research that highlights the major elements 
  • Minimize detail in descriptions 
  • Use pictures, tables, and figures to illustrate concepts and add interest to the poster 
  • Avoid excessive amounts of information 
  • Design a poster that clearly portrays the subject, purpose, and results (if applicable)
  • Use large font that can be read from a distance (i.e., at least 20 point). Your references can be in smaller font.
  • Make each section easy to identify and create a logical reading flow on the poster 
  • Design the poster so it can be quickly read in a few minutes 
  • Define difficult terminology or use jargon-free language for a general audience at the forum 

You can either choose to have your poster professionally printed or you can choose to print and assemble the poster presentation yourself. Please see below for tips for both options.

Tips for professional poster printing (based on the APA guidelines)

  • The poster board surface area should be 4’ (122cm) high and 6’ (183 cm) wide *WE SUGGEST USING A TRIFOLD BOARD TO PRESENT YOUR POSTER - PROFESSIONAL PRINTING NOT REQUIRED
  • Prepare a label indicating the title of your paper and the author(s) for the top of your poster space; The lettering for this section should not be less than 1” (2.54 cm or 72 point) high
  • A copy of your abstract (300-words or less), in large typescript, should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board
  • Keep in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3’ (113 cm) or more.
  • All lettering should be at least 3/8” (.95 cm or 27 point) high, preferably in a bold font
  • Be sure to provide a clear label for each section of your presentation
  • You can choose to print your poster at any store that provides printing services, such as FedEx or Staples

Tips for printing the poster the poster yourself

  • We recommend that you use PowerPoint or a similar program to create the content for your poster presentation
  • Most students choose to place the printed PowerPoint slides on a tri-fold board
  • We would encourage you to follow the APA guidelines listed above when formatting your slides for your poster presentation

Tips for students presenting their posters online

  • We would recommend that you create your virtual poster presentation in PowerPoint or a similar program
  • We would encourage you to follow the APA poster presentation guidelines when applicable

In addition, please review the resources listed above for more examples and tips for creating a poster presentation

Presenting a Poster

Video: Giving an Effective Poster Presentation

IP Students at Middle East Psychological Association Conference in Kuwait
IP MA and PhD students had the opportunity to present their SWOT analysis of the two-day MEPA Conference in Kuwait. Providing feedback, comments, and next steps for each of the two student groups presenting were Dr. Joanne Hands, President of MEPA.​



IP Students at Middle East Psychological Association Conference in Kuwait
Master’s IP students at the 3rd Annual Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) Conference in Kuwait and Dr. Hands of Kuwait University​



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Clinical PsyD at IVAT​



IP Students at Middle East Psychological Association Conference in Kuwait
MEPA President Dr. Joanne Hands, provides feedback on IP students SWOT analysis of the two-day Conference in Kuwait. Allowing students to apply leadership skills in a real-world context, meeting a need for an international professional organization.​​


The Chicago School aims to be recognized as the preeminent university of professional psychology in the world. This goal is articulated in “Toward a Healthier World", the school's 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan. One initiative supporting this goal is the creation of a framework in which students and alumni can develop leadership competencies, including grant writing.

Please review this narrated presentation to learn how to find, win, and manage grants. Please ​contact [email protected]​with questions.​



Grant Development Training

Grant Develpment Training
Module 1: Finding Funding​​

Grant Development Training 
Module 2: Types of Funding​
Grant Development Training 
Module 3: navigating the Funding Arena
Grant Development Training 
Module 4: Ready to Apply
Grant Development Training 
Module 5: Developing your 
Research Plan
Grant Development Training 
Module 6: Institutional Review 
Board Requirements
Grant Development Training 
Module 7: Library Resources
Grant Development Training 
Module 8: Budget Development
Grant Development Training 
Module 9: Application Submission
Grant Development Training 
Module 10: Submitted, Now What?
Grant Development Training 
Module 11:​ Questions & Answers


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