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Our Services

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At the Career Center, students and postdoctoral fellows learn and explore professional opportunities through internships, career coaching, workshops, career panels, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and industry-based treks. The Career Center also supports students who are seeking professional school admission as well as prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Please visit us anytime during your time at Vanderbilt and take advantage of all we have to offer!

The Vanderbilt Career Center serves:

  • full-time enrolled undergraduate students in Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College, and School of Engineering
  • full-time enrolled graduate students in Humanities, Social Sciences, and non-biomedical STEM
  • postdoctoral fellows in Humanities, Social Sciences, and non-biomedical STEM areas
  • Vanderbilt alumni 0-2 years after graduation

For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, we support preparation for career-related opportunities outside of academia. Assistance preparing materials for the academic job market should be obtained from graduate students’ and fellows’ departments (academic advisors, PIs, mentors, and committee members).

VISIT THE CAREER CENTER TO gain clarity about:

  • Handshake 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
  • Negotiations
  • Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Schedule a Coaching Appointment

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

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


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?

Career Center Drop-ins

Monday – Thursday (during academic year)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Career Center (SLC, 2nd Floor)

Commons Center Drop-ins

Wednesday – Thursday (during academic year)
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST
Commons Center, Room 217

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Friday (during academic year)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Virtual (Zoom link in Handshake)

Fellowships Drop-ins

Tuesday (during academic year)
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST 
Virtual (Zoom link in Handshake)

Discover Professional Opportunities through Handshake

Handshake 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!

Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students have access to Handshake.

Commodore Closet

The application period is closed for this academic year and will re-open in August 2022.

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 and postdoctoral fellows, connecting them to a world of possibilities.

Our Vision

Empowering meaningful futures.