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Membership for SJSU Alumni

We are committed to supporting our alumni in their professional success and offer a variety of services.

Did you know?

If you purchased your Cap and Gown package at the Bookstore this year, included in that is a one year SJSU Alumni Association membership that includes continued access to the Career Center!

To activate that access, click on Subscribe on-line and select Alumni Association Members to process.

SJSU Alumni have two options to access Career Center services:
  1. Current SJSU Alumni Association members can access basic Career Center Services at no additional cost, as a benefit of their membership. To active you Career Center access, click on Subscribe on-line and select Alumni Association Members. Alumni Association membership is purchased through the Alumni Association. Must be able to provide your 9-digit SJSU Student ID number (not valid for non-SJSU Alumni)
  2. If you are not a current Alumni Association Member you can still access the Career Center basic services as long as you graduated from SJSU and can provide your 9-digit student ID number. Join by clicking on Subscribe on-line and select General Membership-SJSU Alumni

Note: Recent alumni retain access to SJSU Handshake for 12 months after graduation.

What’s the difference?

The Alumni Association Membership provides additional benefits of membership and there is a difference in fees depending on when you graduated. If you only want access to our events and job board, you can purchase the General Career Center Membership.

As an Alumni member of the Career Center, your membership includes:
  • Unlimited access to SJSU Handshake for Alumni
  • Job Fairs/events occurring during the period of membership
  • Unlimited access to self-help services on website
  • Subscribe Online

SJSU Alumni Networks

Utilize your alumni network to supplement your job search and career development.

Alumni Association LinkedIn | SJSU LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Support the Spartan Community

The Career Center offers works programs to educate students on different industries, as well as job and internship search skills. This is an excellent way to meet with students in a low-pressure environment, share your expertise and elevate your organization's brand.

Examples of these events include:

  • Career Panels
  • Resume workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Career fair success
  • And more...

To inquire about educational programming, please contact Julie Sedlemeyer at

Community Resources

There are several resources you can utilize through the community, whether you're a student, alum, or community member. Check these out for additional assistance.


CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success. Find tools to help job seekers, students, business, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Find a CareerOneStop near you.


NOVA is a nonprofit, federally-funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services.

Silicon Valley Career Counselors

A list of Bay Area career counselors that see clients in private practice. Career counseling, coaching, resume writing, and job search support are typical services offered by these counselors.

Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network: Work 2 Future

Work 2 Future operates three One-Stop Career Centers in the areas of San Jose, Campbell and South County. The goal of Work 2 Future is to strengthen the economic base in San Jose and Santa Clara County by increasing employment opportunities and job retention for all residents. Workshops, job listings and career advising programs are available through Work 2 Future One Stops.


I've graduated from San José State and am no longer taking classes; do I need to pay to access the services after graduation?

SJSU alumni gain access to our self-help services by purchasing an Annual Career Center Membership for $25 or by becoming Alumni Association members. Membership includes access to self-help job search resources, employment events, and more. Fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and are not pro-rated. The membership will be valid for one calendar year or as long as the Alumni Association membership is current.

Recent graduates continue to have access to SJSU Handshake (job database) for 12 months post graduation.

Does my Alumni Association Membership give me access to the Career Center?

Yes. The $25 Career Center fee is waived upon presentation of your valid SJSU Alumni Association membership card. In order to assign you a new Career Center Services account, please submit your Alumni Association Member information. There is no additional cost for the membership, but we must set up your account. Please note, this service is only available to those who graduated from SJSU.

Can I meet with a career consultant one-on-one?

Recent alumni can schedule one-on-one appointments with a career consultant within one month after their graduation. Beyond one month of graduation, we are not able to offer career counseling appointments to alumni.

I am a Gateway Program (SAL) student. Can I access services?

As a part of the gateway program, you have access to our website/lab and drop-in interviews.

I am a Open University or special session student. Can I access services?

As a Open University or Special Session student, you are considered to be a part of the Campus Community and are eligible to access our basic service package. View our Membership page for an outline of our basic services provided.

I am a community member, non-affiliate of San José State University. Can I get access to services in your office?

Our services are only available to currently registered San José State University students and SJSU Alumni members. Please refer to Community Resources Available for a listing of businesses in the area that do provide job search assistance to the public at no cost or for minimal fees.

What do I need to bring to employment-related events on campus?

If you will be attending Career Center events, you must present a copy of your Career Center membership confirmation. That can either be a Membership Card, Alumni Association card, or email confirming your current membership from the Career Center. You must also show a picture ID.

Are other services on campus included in the membership package?

Not at this time. The $25 fee only provides access to Career Center services. Alumni Associationmembers do have additional benefits per the Alumni office.