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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 Guidelines 

The Career Center utilizes DoreWays, a web-based recruiting platform, to manage internship and job postings. Opportunities must be career-related internships, research or entry level post-graduation jobs. We do not post fee-based programs, commission only opportunities, blind postings from third-party vendors, or study abroad programs. Please contact the Student Employment Office,, to post part-time, amp staff/counselor positions, etc. The Career Center has the sole discretion to authorize the posting of opportunities and use of recruiting resources. 

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.

Extending Offers

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 make sound decisions resulting in a more committed hire from you. Any offer that does not allow a candidate enough time to accept or decline and/or has special incentives attached, i.e. exploding offers are prohibited. 

Fall Recruiting: October 15 or two weeks from the date of offer, whichever is later.

Spring Recruiting: February 15 or two weeks from date of offer, whichever is later. 


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. 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)




There are several hotels within walking distance of our campus. All hotels listed below offer discounts through Vanderbilt’s hotel discount program. Just ask for the Vanderbilt rate.
Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt/West End (615) 327-9900
Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt (615) 320-8899
Garden Hilton Inn (615) 369-5900
Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt Elliston Place (615) 320-6060
Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End (615) 329-1144
Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt (615) 327-4707
Hutton Hotel (615) 340-9333
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (615) 320-1700
Home2 Suites by Hilton (615) 751-6824
Aloft Nashville West End (615) 329-4200
Homewood Suites (615) 340-8000
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University (615) 321-1300


If you are hosting an evening information session (Monday through Thursday, 5:30 or 7:00 pm), these caterers have experience at the Student Life Center and are available to work with you and within your budget to handle your needs. At your request, these caterers will be happy to fax or send current menus for your review.

Full-Service Catering
Savor the Flavor Catering (615)-793-4187
Dream Events & Catering (615) 259-0848
Briarpatch Catering (615) 329-4645
Chefs Market (615) 851-2433
Food Pick-up/Delivery
Au Bon Pain (Bakery; Deli)
Bread & Company (Bakery; Deli) (615) 329-1400
Calypso Cafe (Caribbean; Vegetarian) (615) 254-3636 (Minimum order $350)
Chik-fil-A (Chicken & More) (615) 352-1222
Chipotle (Mexican) (615) 777-0809 (does not deliver, but is across the street)
Funk Seoul Brother(Korean/Japanese) (615-669-8782)
Jason's Deli (Deli) (615) 340-9991
Jim & Nick' Bar-b-q (Bar-b-que) (615) 352-5777
Mellow Mushroom (Pizza) (615) 342-0044
Newk's (Deli) (615) 953-2579
Panera (Bakery; Deli) (615) 320-1500
Qdoba Mexican Grill (Mexican) (615) 340-9039
The Painted Cupcake (Dessert) (615) 279-8055
Two Boots Pizza (Pizza, Salad, Sandwiches, Appetizers) (615) 340-4343

Private Receptions and Meals

The below restaurants are within walking distance to campus with the exception of The Mad Platter.
Mason's @ Lowes Vanderbilt (615) 321-1990 (Also do lunch, dinner)
University Club of Nashville (615) 322-8564
The Mad Platter Restaurant (615) 242-6563
The following restaurants are within walking distance of campus, offer reservations, and will work with you for events with selected groups of students.
1808 Grille - inside Hutton Hotel (New American; $$) (615) 340-0012
Amerigo (Italian; $$) (615) 320-1740
Bound’ry (New American, Eclectic & International; $$$) (615) 321-3043
Cabana (Southern, American; $$) (615) 577-2262
Giovanni's (Fine Italian; $$$) (615) 760-5932
Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Traditional American; $$$) (615) 320-0163
Tavern (New American; $$$) General Manager: Madeline Williams (615) 320-8580
Le Sel (French; $$$) (615) 490-8550

For more Nashville restaurants, visit Nashville Guru
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