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Campus Connections

Are you seeking opportunities to engage with UT students and expand your presence on campus? Job fairs, on-campus interviews, and posting in Handshake are integral first steps, but the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration offers more than that! The list below outlines various options for connecting with students. Contact us at or 865-974-5435 to discuss these opportunities.

Employer of the Day

Haslam College of Business Employer of the Day

This program is designed as a casual networking opportunity where students can drop in and talk with employers as they have time in between classes.  This is a great way for employers to connect with undergraduate business students and build their brand on campus.  We will offer two EOD options this fall:  On-Site EOD on Tuesdays and Virtual EOD on Wednesdays, each from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  EOD is a free program, but employers who come to campus are responsible for paying for their own parking.  For those participating in the On-Site option, you are required to adhere to UT’s COVID-19 campus policies that are outlined on the EOD registration form.  Registration will open on Wed. July 15th at 8:00 AM 

Visit this link to request a fall 2020 date.

Employer of the Week in the Student Union

Employer of the Week is a great way to get your organization name in front of a wide variety of students in a casual setting. Through this free program, employers set up a booth in the Student Union atrium to share opportunities and showcase their brand. The Student Union is a great spot for employers who are recruiting a wide variety of majors or are recruiting specific majors outside of the Haslam College of Business. All dates are on Wednesdays from 11-2. To reserve a date, email

Veteran Employer of the Day 

Veteran Employer of the Day allows companies to build their brand among student veterans of all majors at UT. Meeting students casually, companies can set up a table Thursdays from 12-4 pm in the Veterans Resource Center to share information about their veteran initiatives and upcoming opportunities. To reserve a date, email

Panels, Presentations, and Speaking Events

Career Conversations

These four-five person panel events feature different industries and employment sectors. Spring 2019 offerings included STEM, arts/media/communications, and more.Through these panels, you will have a chance to share your career path, showcase your organization or company, and provide advice to students exploring career options. Email us for details.

Life Skills Series

This workshop series, co-sponsored by the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration and the Tickle College of Engineering Diversity Programs Office, focuses on “how to adult”, with topics such as car buying, investing, and budgeting taking center stage. We are looking for employer experts to share their knowledge! Contact us if you are interested in speaking on a particular topic.

Student Group Guest Speakers

The University of Tennessee has over 600 registered student organizations, which you can search through on VOLink. If you are interested in connecting with a specific student organization, whether professional, social, or academic, contact our career coaches. They can assist you in making a connection. **These opportunities are not guaranteed and depend on the needs of the individual student groups.

In Depth & Personalized Connections and Individualized Events

Resumania/Lattes and Resumes

In the weeks leading up to our fall and spring job fairs, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts a day of drop-in resume critiques featuring employer reviewers. Meet students from all majors and years in school and share your expertise. Contact us for dates and times.

Smokey’s Closet

In conjunction with the Student Government Association, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration provides students with a free professional clothing closet prior to our fall job fairs and interviewing season. Employers are utilized to assist students with clothing combinations and provide advice on appropriate professional attire while they are shopping at the Closet.


Vol Treks provides a unique opportunity for University of Tennessee students to increase their awareness of career possibilities by visiting organizations and exploring various industries and careers. A small group of students (~30) will have the chance to engage with professionals, tour the facility and gain insight into the industry. Site visits will typically last anywhere from two to four hours.

Office Hours

If you are interested in connecting with a targeted group of students or sharing more about your organization, opportunities, and brand, then office hours might be the right choice for you. Office hours are typically short 10-30 minute individual meetings with students and can be set up on a drop-in basis or as pre-scheduled slots. Coaches can help you target specific groups of students and provide advice on the best time frames and dates.

Shadowing, Mentoring, and Informational Interviews

If you are interested in mentoring a student, hosting a student or two for a shadowing opportunity, or would be willing to conduct an informational interview, contact our office. We will add your name to our internal database. Companies, recruiters, alumni, and parents are all welcome to engage in this capacity.

Connect with Specific Populations

Diversity Initiatives: LGBTQ Mixer, Veterans Networking Night, and more

The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts various diversity-related career events throughout the year. In addition to our Diversity Job Fair each February, the center has hosted an LGBTQ Mixer, Disability Mentoring Day, a Veterans Networking Night, identity-specific VolTreks, and more. To learn more about our upcoming diversity events, contact our office.

Graduate Student Workshops and Panels

In partnership with The Graduate School and The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts various panels, mixers, and networking events for graduate students throughout the year. If you are specifically looking to recruit graduate students and would like to serve on a panel or engage with this population, contact us.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Get the Scoop (Engineering Kickoff Event) 

Each fall, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts a kick-off to the semester for engineering and STEM students. The event features ice cream, employer display tables, student organizations, and more. Employer sponsors can provide monetary support or in-kind donations, and sponsors will have the opportunity to table and mingle with students at the event.

Integrated Engineering Design

Senior students in the Tickle College of Engineering collaborate on design projects for companies and organizations seeking solutions to specific problems. Students design, build, and test a real product or system through these industry-based projects. Companies can sponsor and submit these projects for students. For more information please visit Integrated Engineering Design.

Etiquette Dinners

We host multiple etiquette dinners both for specific majors (e.g. engineering) and for the general student body each year. Employer sponsors have the opportunity to provide monetary support to offset catering costs and attend the dinners to meet, greet, and eat with students!

Arts and Sciences Preview Night

Prior to the Spring Job and Internship Fair, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts a semi-structured speed networking event for College of Arts and Sciences juniors and seniors to engage with employers in a more intimate setting. As an employer, you will have the chance to share information about your organization, job and internship opportunities, and brand. You will also have a chance to meet qualified and motivated students and share why you are interested in hiring students from their majors. In addition to attending the event, sponsors are sought to help offset the costs of catering.

Opportunities for UT Alumni

Dining and Dialogue

In partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration offers several small group networking and informational events centered on different career fields. Past Dining and Dialogue events have featured industries such as law, speech pathology, and journalism and typically include about 15 students and two professionals.

Networking at Neyland

The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, UT Knoxville Alumni Affairs, and the UT Athletics Department co-host a networking event for juniors and seniors each semester. This event is a great chance for UT alumni to meet students, provide advice on networking skills, and share opportunities. Contact us for dates and registration information.