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Elite Partnership Program

The Center for Career Development Elite Partners Program is intended for those employers seeking to maximize their opportunities to recruit UT students through the center. Without question, increased brand visibility is a key component in a successful recruiting campaign. Our goal for the Elite Partners Program is to work closely with you to maximize opportunities for your organization to interact with our students and help us educate, prepare, and inform them of issues related to career management. We also want to improve your ability to fill on-campus schedules with the best and brightest UT students. Your support helps ensure that we can deliver state-of-the-art programs and services to UT students through the center and shows your commitment to The University of Tennessee in general. The following outlines several levels of partnership for your organization to consider.

For more information about joining or to answer any of your questions, please call 865-974-5435 or email us at

Download the Elite Partnership Program Information PDF

Current Elite Partners


$10,000 per year

All features of Rocky Top Partners, plus:

  • Concierge service at job fairs
  • Priority location for interviews at Career Development (inclusive of job fair days)
  • Complimentary food from Student Union vendors
  • Free Registration to any of our eight Job and Internship Fairs
  • Opportunity for on-site Career Development Consultant visit (travel expenses may apply)

Rocky Top

$5,000–9,999 per year

All features of Big Orange Partners, plus:

  • Advertising for the Year to include: Half page ads in Career Development Student Handbook; Monthly Tweets/Facebook posts regarding open positions (this can include videos, embedded links and pictures)
  • Feature on Career Development front page (scrolling) linking with your company website
  • Employer of the Month*
  • Priority location for interviews at Career Development (exclusive of job fair days)
  • Two networking sessions per year at the Career Development in Student Union Phase I (excludes catering fees)
  • Ongoing consultation with Career Development consultants and campus partners
  • Access to searchable online resumes of current students and alumni

Big Orange

$2,500–4,999 per year

  • Feature on Career Development Corporate Sponsors’ page linking with your company website
  • Annual inclusion of your company logo on the LED display in Career Development lobby
  • Invitation to Corporate Partners Annual Meeting
  • Invitation to annual diversity event in Spring
  • Recognition at each job fair
  • Priority access to all recruiting events
  • Free parking on interview days
  • Lunch engagement with consultant(s) of choice (two week notice required)


up to $2,499 per year

In lieu of becoming an Elite Partner, the Center for Career Development offers many opportunities to get involved. All contributions (financial and in-kind) are welcomed and will be publicly acknowledged. We appreciate any support bestowed upon us by employers, and we are committed to providing recognition. Please contact the center if you prefer to contribute in a way that is not listed here. There are opportunities to be recognized as a Career Development Volunteer.

*Employer of the Month is an opportunity to build brand recognition and engage with students that can be utilized anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more details, contact us at 865-974-5435.

Brief History of the Department

The Center for Career Development can trace its inception to the 1930s when it was established as The Office of Appointments. It was later called the Placement Office, Career Planning and Placement, Career Services and most recently the Center for Career Development. Amazingly, only four directors have led the department between 1951 and 2009: Mr. Howard Lumsden (1951-1983), Dr. Robert Greenberg (1983-2005) and Mr. Russ Coughenour (2005- 2014). Ms. Stephanie Kit currently serves Director.

Since 1974, when the career planning function moved from the Counseling Center to its present location in the Center for Career Development, the department has offered the traditional services and resources typically associated with a career function. We serve students, alumni, employers, and faculty on all career-related issues including choosing majors and developing career goals, finding part-time jobs, summer work and internships, and securing post-undergraduate opportunities whether that is full-time employment or graduate school. The office has always been centralized and serves all University of Tennessee, Knoxville students. In the past academic year, we hosted more than 3300 interviews for 230 employers at the Center for Career Development. Additionally, more than 800 employers and 6,000 students attended our job fairs. The College of Engineering also has an Office of Professional Practice which arranges co-ops for COE students.

Colleges at the University of Tennessee are represented in the Center for Career Development by consultants who work with students, faculty, and employers daily.


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