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Career Center


Helping You Reach Top Prospects

Our goal is to assist you in coordinating successful on- and -off campus recruitment of VU students, and to provide students with opportunities to connect with industry professionals to obtain quality internship and full-time positions.

We can help you develop an on-campus presence and connect with candidates through Industry Career Days; tailored programs for your industry; job and internship postings; on-campus interviews; employer information sessions and more.

The Career Center serves the needs of undergraduates, recent graduates (0-2 years out) and graduate students seeking opportunities in industry, government, education and nonprofits. For more details about whom we serve, please see our About Us page.

We partner with the Owen Graduate School of Management's Career Center and the Peabody College Career Services office when employers want to maximize their campus visit by connecting with top MBA, M.S. Finance, and M.S. Education graduates.

For detailed information about our student body, please reference the Office of Admissions profile.


Recruiting Information

The Career Center is committed to working with you to develop win-win recruiting strategies. We recognize and appreciate that you make a significant investment of both time and money to recruit at Vanderbilt and that different companies have different recruiting needs. Therefore, we strive to provide a flexible recruiting process that meets your needs, and we look forward to helping you create a customized marketing plan.

  • Posting Internships or Full-time Opportunities
    Advertise internships and full-time opportunities to our students in a targeted manner through DoreWays, the Career Center's free, web-based recruiting system powered by Symplicity. Visit DoreWays and click on “Register and Post a Non-OCI (on-campus interview) Job” or call us for assistance at 615-322-2750.
  • Host an Information Session
    Provide more information about your organization and employment opportunities! Schedule an information session through DoreWays or by contacting our Recruiting Coordinator.
  • Conduct On-Campus Interviews
    On-campus interviewing gives employers and students opportunities to connect through on-site interviews in the Career Center. Interviews are scheduled Monday through Friday during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) throughout the fall and spring recruiting seasons. You will need to book interviewing rooms through our Recruiting Coordinator, who is also available to assist with logistics and scheduling.
  • Participate in Industry Career Days/Career Fairs
    The Career Center has moved from hosting one large traditional career fair event to offering multiple, smaller industry-specific events. These invitation-only events offer a more intimate atmosphere in order to facilitate connections between employers and Vanderbilt's top talent.

    Both Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students attend these events seeking full-time and internship opportunities. Please see the recruiting calendar for dates for each event. 
  • Reach Out to Students via Virtual Connections
    If your schedule does not permit a campus visit at this time, you may post your positions in DoreWays, and have the resumes forwarded directly to you for consideration. The Career Center can also arrange Skype™ or video conference calls with students for long distance interviewing.
  • Building your Brand with Vanderbilt Students
    Your company’s employment opportunities can be marketed to Vanderbilt students through our weekly email campaigns, directly targeting students with specific majors who have expressed an interest in your industry.
  • Advertise with Vanderbilt Student Media
    You may also choose to advertise with our student media via the newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler, or the online student news source, InsideVandy
  • Career Education Opportunities
    Serve as a career panelist, mock interviewer or workshop host. The Center hosts a number of workshops and panel presentations throughout the year that focus on a variety of topics, from "How to Break into the Job Market?" to “Case Interviewing.” To learn more about these opportunities, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator.


Recruiting Calendar

For information about Industry Career Day participation please call 615-322-2750.

For more information on other University events and important dates, please review the University Calendars ›.

Employment Statistics

Preparing Students for Opportunities

  • 57% of all undergraduate students (more than 3,800) used Center services during 2013-14.
  • 66% of seniors engaged with the Center
  • 50% of first-year students connected with the Center through our targeted outreach
  • 2,027 individual coaching sessions were provided

Connecting Students to Jobs and Internships

  • 1,861 companies recruited Vanderbilt students through the Center
  • 221 unique employers met face-to-face with students on campus through career fairs, on-campus interviews and information sessions
  • 1,734 interviews were conducted on campus
  • 79 Fortune 500 companies recruited on campus
  • 6,130 jobs and internships were available to students in DoreWays
  • 8,103 internships were available to students through the UCAN internship exchange – a consortium of 22 private colleges including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Duke, Washington University, University of Chicago, and Williams

Placement Rate and Outcomes

  • 74% of graduating seniors had accepted or been offered full-time civilian or military employment
  • 72% of students engaged in at least one internship by graduation
  • 36% of graduating seniors who completed an internship indicated that the internship resulted in a job offer
  • 91% of graduating seniors who completed an internship indicated that the internship clarified their interest in a particular area
  • 25% of graduating seniors who completed an internship indicated that the internship helped with admission to graduate or professional school


Employer Recruiting Policies & Guidelines

Fall at Vanderbilt

Students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt University commit themselves to honor the Vanderbilt Community Creed uniting the Vanderbilt community in a common set of values: scholarship, honesty, civility, accountability, caring, discovery and celebration.

The Career Center embraces these values and has established the following recruiting policies. We believe these recruiting policies will facilitate positive engagement between students and employers.




Employer Eligibility

The Center works with employers posting professional opportunities. Our office does not engage in connecting students with the following:

  • Part-time jobs
  • Campus brand manager
  • Campus marketer
  • Campus ambassador
  • Camp staff/counselor
  • Commission-only opportunities
  • Fee-based programs
  • Study abroad programs
  • Blind postings or postings for third-party vendors who are unable to reveal client names

Please contact the Student Employment Office at or call 615-343-4562 to obtain directions on how to post these opportunities.

All opportunities must have a valid company email address. We will not post opportunities with,,,, or any other non-business email address.

Please note: The Center has the sole discretion to authorize the posting of opportunities and use of recruiting resources. The Center makes these decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Career Center's policy is to promote employment of its students and graduates with no discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, military services, sexual orientation or disability. The Center facilities are available only to those employers whose practices are consistent with this policy, as well as all applicable laws and regulations governing employment discrimination.

Alcohol Policy

The Center adheres to the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) policy, which states that the serving of alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process. Therefore, all recruiting activities, including the information sessions, should be alcohol-free.


We will do our best to accommodate your date, time, and space requests. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you submit your request the more likely it is we will be able to accommodate your first choice recruiting dates. However, we are unable to guarantee employers will be granted their first choice date. We ask that you wait for confirmation before making travel arrangements. Please refer to our recruiting calendar, shown above, for our most up-to-date list of important dates.

Second Round Interviews

Every effort should be made to accommodate candidates' class and interview schedules. The following are the minimum considerations we request:

Fall Semester
  • We ask that you conduct second-round interviews outside the Nashville area after October 15.
  • We encourage you to give at least 72 hours notice if asking students to leave the Nashville area.
Spring Semester
  • We ask that you conduct second-round interviews outside the Nashville area after February 1.
  • We encourage you to give at least 72 hours notice if asking students to leave the Nashville area.

Full-time and Internship Hiring

Employers should provide students sufficient time to complete their employment searches and make informed decisions. The dates below allow students time to participate in the first few weeks of on-campus interviewing and early Industry Career Days. This time period is suggested to give students sufficient time to explore opportunities and make sound decisions resulting in a more committed hire for you.

Full-time Hiring:
Date of Offer Acceptance Deadline
As a result of previous summer internship November 1
Offers from fall campus recruiting November 1   - or -
Two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later
Offers from spring campus recruiting February 20   - or -
Two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later 
Internship Hiring: 
Date of Offer Acceptance Deadline
Offers from fall campus recruiting November 1    - or -
Two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later
As a result of previous summer internship  November 1  - or -
Two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later
Offers from spring campus recruiting February 20  - or -
Two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later 
A Special Note about Internships

Vanderbilt University considers internships to be valuable educational opportunities for its students. To enhance their career preparation and real-world experience, interns should be given training, guidance and regular evaluations.

For a quick reference guide to hiring an intern, visit our Hire an Intern page.

Please be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has developed a six-factor test for determining whether workers at “for profit” companies are to be considered “interns” or “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A fact sheet has been developed by the DOL to help you ascertain if student positions should be considered internships or employment.

Download Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act »

Cancellation of On-Campus Recruiting Events

If you need to cancel a recruiting schedule or information session, we ask that you please provide us at least 72 hours notice. We also request that you communicate this information directly to students. We will assist in this process but believe that such communication is more appropriate coming from you in order to maintain your organization's credibility in the minds of students. 


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