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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 utkcareer@utk.edu.

Download the Elite Partnership Program PDF

Current Elite Partners

 

Rocky Top

$7,500+ per year

  • Branding opportunities at specific events you sponsor
  • Two (2) free registrations to any CCD sponsored job and internship fairs
  • Opportunity to present in a class the CCD teaches
  • Free parking next to the Student Union building when recruiting on campus (must be requested 48 hours in advance)
  • Complimentary food from the Student Union vendors
  • Advertising for the Year to include: Half page ad in CCD Vol Guide to Career Success; Monthly Tweets/Facebook posts regarding open positions (this can include videos, embedded links and pictures)
  • Recognition at each job fair you register for
  • Feature on CCD home page (scrolling) linking to your company website
  • Annual inclusion of your company logo on the LED display in the Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite
  • Invitation to the annual Elite Partners meeting

Big Orange

$5,000–$7,499 per year

  • One (1) free registration to any CCD sponsored job and internship fair
  • Branding opportunities at specific events you sponsor
  • Recognition at each job fair you register for
  • Feature on CCD home page (scrolling) linking to your company website
  • Annual inclusion of your company logo on the LED display in the Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite
  • Invitation to annual Elite Partners meeting

Volunteer

up to $4,999 per year

  • Branding opportunities at specific events you sponsor
  • Recognition at each job fair you register for
  • Feature on CCD home page (scrolling) linking to your company website
  • Annual inclusion of your company logo on the LED display in the Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite
  • Invitation to the annual Elite Partners meeting

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 to discuss ways in which your company can contribute.

Please note that each sponsorship you give keeps you as an Elite Partner for one year from date given.

**Additionally, naming opportunities for interview suites in the Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite are available for interested organizations. Please inquire with staff to learn more.**

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 the present: Mr. Howard Lumsden (1951-1983), Dr. Robert Greenberg (1983-2005), Mr. Russ Coughenour (2005- 2014) and Ms. Stephanie Kit (2014-present).

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 Tickle College of Engineering also has an Office of Professional Practice which arranges co-ops for TCOE 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.