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Our Services

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The Career Center serves undergraduate, and graduate students enrolled full-time in all Vanderbilt schools and colleges, and we also provide career coaching to recent graduates (0-2 years out). We provide students with ongoing opportunities to learn about and explore professional opportunities, including career coaching, workshops, career panels, career fairs, field trips, and more.  We have many resources available to help you prepare for the world of work. Please visit us anytime during your time at Vanderbilt and take advantage of all we have to offer!

Our staff helps students gain clarity about:

  • DoreWays and numerous other online resources
  • Networking
  • Career & Major Exploration
  • Graduate & Professional School Advising
  • Interview Prep
  • Job & Internship Search
  • CVs, Resumes, & Cover Letters
  • Professional Social Media & Online Portfolios
  • Professional Statements (Diversity, Teaching)
  • Negotiations
  • Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Who We Serve

Undergraduate Students: Students enrolled full-time in Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College, and School of Engineering.

Graduate Students:

The Career Center’s Graduate Senior Career Coaches support the non-academic career plans of graduate students in STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences disciplines. These plans include internships, alt-ac careers, post-ac opportunities, and related career opportunities outside of the academy. The Graduate Coaches also support master’s candidates interested in pursuing doctoral studies and offer specific programming for students considering applying to PhD programs.

Requests for assistance with applications and other dossier materials for the academic job market should be directed to your PIs, dissertation supervisors, committee members, and other academic mentors, including Directors of Graduate Study, Department Chairs and individuals in your department/discipline, as they are best equipped to guide you through the nuances of tenure-track searches in your field and discipline.

  • Career services to graduate students are predominantly focused on the non-academic (alt-ac) search.
  • Graduate students who plan to seek tenure track or other academic teaching positions are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and academic department for guidance on the application and interview process.
  • Career coaches can assist graduate students with career exploration and career development, and the non-academic job search process including resume and cover letter reviews, practice interviews, and social media/networking activities.
  • Graduate students are welcome at employer events including career fairs, employer information sessions, and workshops.


  • Anthropology PhD 
  • Creative Writing MFA 
  • Economics MA; PhD 
  • English MFA; PhD 
  • French PhD 
  • German Studies PhD 
  • History MA; PhD 
  • History of Art and Architecture 4+1 BA/MA 
  • Latin American Studies MA 
  • Law and Economics JD, PhD
  • Liberal Arts and Science MA 
  • Philosophy 4+1 BA/MA; PhD 
  • Political Science 4+1 BA/MA; PhD 
  • Psychology 4+1 BA/MA 
  • Religion MA; PhD
  • Sociology PhD 
  • Spanish MA; PhD 
  • Spanish and Portuguese MA; PhD 


  • Community Research and Action (HOD) PhD 
  • Leadership and Policy Studies (K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy) PhD 
  • Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education Leadership and Policy) PhD 
  • Special Education PhD (Early Childhood Special Education PhD; High Incidence Disabilities PhD; Severe Disabilities PhD; Visual Impairments PhD)
  • Learning, Teaching & Diversity PhD (Language, Literacy, and Culture; Justice and Diversity in Education; Mathematics and Science Education; Learning and Design) 


  • Astrophysics PhD 
  • Biostatistics MS; PhD 
  • Chemistry PhD 
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences MS; PhD 
  • Interdisciplinary Materials Science PhD 
  • Mathematics MA; PhD 
  • Medicine, Health, and Society MA 
  • Neuroscience JD, PhD
  • Physics MA/MS; PhD 


  • Biomedical Engineering MS; PhD 
  • Chemical Engineering MS; PhD 
  • Civil Engineering MS; PhD 
  • Computer Science MS; PhD 
  • Electrical Engineering MS; PhD 
  • Environmental Engineering MS; PhD 
  • Mechanical Engineering MS; PhD 


Psychology (joint program with the College of Arts & Science) 

  • Psychological Sciences (Clinical Science) PhD 
  • Psychological Sciences (Cognitive Neuroscience) PhD 
  • Psychological Sciences (Developmental Science) PhD 
  • Psychological Sciences (Neuroscience) PhD 
  • Psychological Sciences (Quantitative Methods) PhD 

Alumni: 0 – 2 years after graduation

Schedule a Coaching Appointment

Login to DoreWays to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific goals and gain clarity from one of our career coaches.

Students should visit our office during drop-in hours for resume & cover letter reviews.


Career Center Drop-ins

Monday – Thursday

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Career Center (SLC, 2nd Floor)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Virtual (Zoom link in DoreWays)

Drop-in hours are a great chance to get introduced to the Career Center during a 20-minute visit. Looking to have your resume reviewed, suggestions on your cover letter, or general questions about how to get started in your internship or job search?

Commons Center Drop-ins

Wednesday – Thursday

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST

Commons Center, Room 217

Visit drop-in hours at the Commons! This location is a great option for first-year students.

Campus Partners

The Career Center is partnering with various departments around campus to better serve students in career development. A Career Coach will be available during drop-ins to assist students with resume/cover letter review, job/internship search, interview preparation, and other career-related questions. Check DoreWays for the upcoming hours!

Discover Professional Opportunities through DoreWays

DoreWays is the Career Center’s online resource where you can learn about and connect to professional opportunities on and off-campus.

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 career meetups offered on campus, and much more!

All Vanderbilt undergraduate students have access to DoreWays. Use your VUnetID and password on the Single Sign-On page to log into your account.

Commodore Closet

2021 – 2022 Commodore Closet application

Are you in need of professional attire for an upcoming interview, Career Fair, or other professional development experience but have financial concerns?

Qualifications: You must be a current undergraduate or graduate student and have financial needs based on records with the Office of Student Financial Services.

What is expected of me? You can pick up the card & packet at the Career Center. Within a week of purchasing your outfit, turn in all receipts to the Career Center, write a thank-you note to the donor (you may remain anonymous if preferred), and then give the note to the Career Center in person or electronically. If submitting via email, send it to

Please note: The card will not affect your financial aid, but you may need to complete a Form 1099 for income tax purposes. We have a limited supply of cards due to funding. Please allow up to 10 business days from the time of the request to receive your card. Stop by or email for more information.

Our Mission

We educate and coach Vanderbilt students, connecting them to a world of possibilities.

Our Vision

Empowering meaningful futures.