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Center for Student Professional Development


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 Center for Student Professional Development 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 Center for Student Professional Development 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 Center for Student Professional Development’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 Center for Student Professional Development. 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 an Industry Career Days
    The Center for Student Professional Development has moved from hosting one large traditional career fair event to offering multiple, smaller industry-specific events. These Industry Career Days are invitation-only events that 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 Center for Student Professional Development 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.

Fall 2015  
June 1 DoreWays opens to employers to request On-Campus Interviews and Info Sessions
August 3 On-Campus Interview positions go live to students
August 26 Classes begin
September 2 Information Sessions begin
September 4 On-Campus Interviews begin
September 9 Business, Communications, & Consulting Industry Career Day (ICD)
September 23 Engineering & Information Technology ICD
October 15-16 Fall Break, No On-Campus Interviews or Information Sessions
October TBD Law School Fair
November 13 On-Campus Interviews and Information Sessions end
December 10 Classes end
Spring 2016  
January 11 Classes begin
January TBD On-Campus Interviews and Information Sessions begin
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No classes
February TBD Engineering & Information Technology ICD
March 5-13 Spring Break, No On-Campus Interviews or Information Sessions
March 31 Nashville Area Consortium Career Fair
April TBD On-Campus Interviews and Information Sessions end
April 25 Classes end
May 13 Commencement

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

Employment Statistics

Information for Vanderbilt graduates by Industry Cluster as reported in the 2013 Post-Graduation Report:

2013 Employment Information by Industry


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 Center for Student Professional Development 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 part-time jobs or summer opportunities such as campus brand manager, campus marketer, campus ambassador, camps, study or work abroad, business-oriented educational programs, or other summer education programs. Please contact the Student Employment Office at or call 615-343-4562 to obtain instructions on how to post these opportunities.

Additionally the Center does not post fee-based programs or commission-only opportunities. We will post professional full-time and internship opportunities for third-party recruiters that offer full disclosure.

The Center is unable to post blind postings or postings for third-party vendors who are unable to reveal client names. Third-party job postings must include the name of the hiring party in the title of the opportunity posting.

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 Center for Student Professional Development'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.


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 after October 15.
Spring Semester
  • We ask that you conduct second-round interviews outside the Nashville area after February 1.

Full-time Offers from Summer Internships

If you are participating in on-campus interviewing and you have made offers to students at the end of their summer internships, we ask that you allow students until October 15 to make their decisions.

We feel that this date allows students time to participate in the first few weeks of on-campus interviewing and early fall 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.

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 »

Offers to Spring Graduating Students Made During Fall Recruiting

If you are participating in on-campus interviewing during the fall semester and you make offers of employment to students graduating in the spring, we ask that you allow these students a minimum of three weeks from the time of the offer to make their decisions.

Cancellation of Interviewing on Campus

If you need to cancel a recruiting schedule, we 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.

Cancellation of Information Sessions

The Center requests that companies canceling information sessions provide 72 hours notice. You will be reimbursed your information session fee. With less than 72 hours notice, we will be unable to reimburse the information session fee.

See All Center for Student Professional Development Policies ›