career support recruiting

Career Support

MBA - Career Support - Recruiting


Engaging an incredible diversity of recruiters from top companies based around the world and in all industries, Darden provides recruiting opportunities that don't just help you get a foot in the door; they push doors wide open.

MBA Recruiting at Darden

Every year, Darden students make connections with hundreds of companies, recruiters, and Darden alumni and friends. Darden’s Career Center 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.”

Scott C. Beardsley
Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration


An Executive Summary of Recruiting Success

Companies hosted on-Grounds recruiting events in 2023
Recruiting Events Supported by Darden Each Year Across Degree Programs
Student-led career clubs at Darden
Jobs posted in Darden’s career portal
of jobs accepted by graduates were found using Darden Career Center Resources

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.

  • Networking Receptions

    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.

  • Job Treks

    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:

  • 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.