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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 (in the Haslam Atrium) and Virtual (via the platform of your choice), on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, each from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST.  EOD is a free program, but employers who come to campus are responsible for paying for their own parking.  Registration is now open via this link.

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 to share opportunities and showcase their brand. Additionally, each employer signs up to share career advice on a specific topic – resumes, interviewing, negotiation, DEI initiatives, and more. 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. To request a date, fill out this form

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. 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.

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

Resume Review Days

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.

Big Orange Shadowing Program 

Our office is hosting a week of shadowing for students across the state of Tennessee and virtually on January 10-14th, 2022. For more information about the shadowing program and to access the interest form, visit our FAQ website. Companies, recruiters, alumni, and parents/families 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

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.

Opportunities for UT Alumni

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.