The resources below can assist you as you search for opportunities or explore companies of interest.
Please note: Most of these resources require a valid VUnet ID and ePassword if you are accessing these resources from an off campus location.
Jobs & Internships
DoreWays is the Center for Student Professional Development’s online resource where you can learn about and connect to professional opportunities on and off campus that will help you build competencies to be successful in the workplace. You can search for internship and job opportunities in different industries; experience the hiring process by applying and interviewing on campus with employers; sign-up for professional development workshops led by alumni or employers that provide insight into the workplace and skills needed to be competitive, search for learning labs offered on campus led by Center peer coaches, and much more!
All Vanderbilt undergraduate students have access to DoreWays. Simply use your VUnetID and ePassword on the Single Sign-On page to login to your account.
The Center for Student Professional Development Internship Database
The Internship Database is to be used in helping current Vanderbilt students explore their options by providing a list of internship programs/employers that Vanderbilt students have held previously. These opportunities were reported primarily by the Summer Experience Survey sent to all returning Vanderbilt students in the fall semester.
Internships-USA is a subscription service purchased by the Center for Student Professional Development. With Internship-USA, you can browse 15 publications, updated annually with new information, to learn about specific employer internship programs across a variety of industries. To access the Undergraduate Internship Series and get to work finding those internships, click the link below.
An exclusive online system of internships available only to member schools. View over 1,000 internships through this consortium. UCAN
A Vanderbilt network of alumni, students, and friends worldwide. This is a valuable resource for Vanderbilt students and alumni to help build your network and get/share career advice. Are you connected? VUconnect
IMPORTANT NOTE: For help with VUconnect, please see this page and follow the instructions there. Please contact Alumni Relations with any questions you may have by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Help Desk at (615) 322-5578. Help is available weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
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Please note: This applies to current VU students only. Alumni options are directly tied to your address in VUconnect. Update your information today at on VUconnect.
LinkedIn is a professional career-oriented social network that allows members to: reconnect with old friends, classmates, and collegues; form new contacts to help power a career; and get advice from industry professionals. Get LinkedIn!
A career online library to assist in researching industries and companies and providing specific career advice. Vault
From Gale-Cengage Learning, Business Insights™: Essentials provides a robust database that makes it easy to access in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries and products. Individual company information includes detailed histories, financials, and competitor data. Interactive comparison charts allow you to compare companies within an industry and customize the results based on your exact specifications.
Business Source Premier is a popular business research database, featuring the full text from more than 2,100 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998. The database includes:
- Company Profiles
- Country Reports
- Industry Reports
- Market Research Reports
- SWOT Analyses
Going Global Country Career Guides are the ultimate international job seeker’s guide! Packed with country-specific information, this massive research tool contains more than 80,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad. Each guide has been developed by a local career specialist and is updated annually. Recommended web sites and detailed resource descriptions are included.
From InfoGroup, the OneSource Business Browser database provides details on U.S., Canadian, and international companies and their executives. Includes financials, subsidiaries, trade and business news, and research reports.
PrivCo offers business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations: family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies. Information on private investors, private equity deals, M&A and VC firms.
Subjects covered: Business, Managerial Studies
WetFeet.com and WetFeet Insider Guides have helped millions of job seekers research their next career move. Information on the site is the result of extensive research and in-depth analysis of both publicly-available information and from private interviews with company recruiters and rank-and-file employees.
The Versatile PhD: a new resource on non-academic careers for graduate students in humanities and social science.
- Read first-person narratives written by real humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs who have established non-academic careers, describing how they did it and sharing their advice from experience
- Join a thriving, supportive web-based community where you can dialogue with "Versatile PhDs" in and outside the academy
- Completely confidential. No one at any university will know you are using this website unless you tell them. Not your advisor, not your peers, nobody.
- NOTE: You will need to register for an account after providing your VUNetID.
Resumes, Cover Letters, & Interviewing Skills
With OptimalResume, you can design high-impact resumes based on your major and career goals; easily create resumes in several formats, including Word Compatible, Plain Text, PDF, and HTML; and manage an unlimited number of resumes; include your resume in your own professional website, which you can update, deactivate, and reactivate as your career progresses.
OptimalInterview Interview Prep lets students practice interviewing skills with real-to-life, multi-media interview scenarios that were developed by seasoned employment professionals to prepare them for even the toughest of interviews.
- Click on the Optimal Interview link. Unless you already have an Optimal account, you will need to register and create an account.
- You will be emailed a random code which you will use to validate your account.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you have validated your account and completed the registration process.
Conducting the Interview
- Log in to your Optimal Account
- Select Create New Interview under the Interview section (second row)
- Enter an interview name and select Start Interview.
- Select Interview Type, Length/Format, and Interviewer then click Continue Interview on the bottom of the page.
- Adjust the Camera and Microphone. You are now ready to begin your interview. Click Allow when Adobe Flash Player settings window displays.
- For detailed instructions, go to the Optimal homepage under the Inside Section and select the PDF Interview Prep tab for instructions.
CQ Interactive (CQI) is the most advanced online interactive case training developed. CQI focuses on the skills you need to walk into a case interview well prepared and confident. Although the consulting industry is known for conducting case interviews, employers in engineering, finance, and others have begun to use this type of interview question to help assess a candidates problem solving abilities. From math drills and chart analysis to market sizing, this site will help you structure your answers to a variety of case questions.
The staff of the Center for Student Professional Development are eager to support you in identifying and pursing professional opportunities. Our career coaching staff and peer career advocates are available for individual and group coaching appointments and professional development programs.
It is through the coaching relationship that you will maximize your opportunities and fully leverage Career Center resources to meet your professional development needs.
To get started, stop by the Center for a Coaching Assessment during Coaching Express. This 20-minute session with a Career Coach gives you a chance to have your resume critiqued, get answers to your questions, or develop an action plan for next steps.
Visit our News and Events page to see Coaching Express times and locations.
For more information about any of our services, contact our office today!
Guidelines for Contacting Advisors
Always contact alumni advisors using the preferred means of contact noted on the advisor profile.
The VU Alumni Career Network is not a job search resource.
It is appropriate to ask advisors for networking advice, job/internship search strategies, or even an informational interview, particularly within the advisor's own industry category or job function.
During your initial contact, there is no need to attach a resume. Introduce yourself, express your reasons for contacting the advisor, and describe what you are seeking to accomplish/learn through the interaction.
Choose advisors and make contact with a specific purpose in mind. Plan ahead of your initial contact what you will ask. Be able to clearly articulate what you are looking for and how the advisor may be able to help you.
Research the advisor's company or organization. Be able to demonstrate knowledge about their employer when you make your initial contact .
Guidance for approaching the initial contact:
State how you received the advisor's name
Indicate why you are making the contact
Make a specific request (guidance, advice, information, etc.)
Indicate your next step (arrange a meeting, next communication, etc.)
Questions to ask about a career field:
What types of positions are available in the field?
What general skills are most important to possess to succeed in the field?
What kind of training, education or background do you recommend?
What are some alternative methods of entry into the field?
What characterizes a typical entry-level position in the field?
What is the outlook for the future of the field in terms of new and expanding employment opportunities?
Questions to ask about the advisor's organization/employer:
What are some of the strategic goals of the organization (i.e. business expansion, new products or services, facility development)
What is the philosophy of the organization?
What types of employment training programs are available?
Can you describe an entry-level and a mid-level position? Can you describe your job?
What is a typical career path from entry-level to top management?