MBA Recruiting at Darden
Every year, Darden students make connections with hundreds of companies, recruiters, and Darden alumni and friends. Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) works to identify, cultivate and strengthen engagement with top companies from around the world. Through a variety of on-Grounds events, global career conferences and job treks, and a dedicated network of alumni located in a variety of industries and locations, Darden students enter highly sought-after internships and full-time roles.
“Companies like Amazon are diversified. We can call them ‘tech,’ but they can also be retail companies, tremendous transportation and logistics companies. They offer jobs in a wide variety of roles and functions.”
An Executive Summary of Recruiting Success
Darden’s Recruiting Events
Company Information Sessions (Briefings)
Briefings are formal, 45-minute presentations and Q&As at Darden, giving students the opportunities to network with companies, discuss corporate culture and explore opportunities.
Office Hours or Coffee Chats
These events are less formal opportunities for a handful of students to connect with company representatives at Darden.
Students and companies network in a casual setting during networking receptions. These events take place in Darden’s PepsiCo Forum.
Darden Career Fairs
These Charlottesville-based recruiting events allow students to get to know organizations before diving-deep over the course of the fall.
During job treks, students visit corporate headquarters, experience company culture first-hand and meet with colleagues. Popular job treks include Week on Wall Street and the Bay Area Tech Trek. Job trek visits typically occur during Darden School breaks (i.e., Dedicated Recruiting Days, mid-December, early January), the exceptions being locations close to Charlottesville (DC-metro, Richmond, Charlotte) where day-long trips are feasible.
MBA Career Fairs
Darden students and staff typically attend the following career fairs and conferences:
- Asian MBA Career Expo
- National Association of Women MBAs 2019 Student Conference & Career Fair
- National Black MBA Association Conference & Exposition
- Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference
- Prospanica 2019 Conference & Career Expo
- MBA Veterans Career Conference & Expo
- Net Impact Conference
- European Career Fair
Virtual Recruiting Events
Virtual information sessions, coffee chats and interviews can be coordinated using our state of the art media-enabled interview rooms or classrooms. Scheduled based on request.
Student Club Events
Darden’s student clubs often hold recruiting events such as networking receptions, dinners, lunch and learns, case competitions and more.
Workshops and Case Competitions
Workshops at Darden provide companies an educational opportunity to deliver specific content to students about their business. During case competitions, student participants strive to develop the best solution to a business- or education-related case study within an allocated time frame. Results in the awarding of scholarships, internship and/or interview prizes, etc.
MBA Interview Forums
During interview forums, Darden partners with other top MBA schools to provide companies with a convenient way to interview MBA candidates from multiple schools at one event for just-in-time hiring needs.