Recruit on Grounds

  • Thank you for your interest in recruiting Darden MBA students! If you are new to on-Grounds recruiting at Darden, our employer engagement and recruiting team will guide you through the process and schedule recruiting activities to ensure you are successful in meeting your talent goals. Contact us today to discuss your recruiting needs.

    Engaging on Grounds

    Company Briefings 

    Company Briefings are a formal 45-minute presentation (including Q&A) for you to network with students, communicate your company’s culture and market job opportunities. Company Briefings are scheduled when First Years are not in class or sometimes during dedicated recruiting days. Dedicated recruiting days allow more time for companies to schedule additional brand-building opportunities in conjunction with a Company Briefing. 

    Target Audience: First Years
     

    Office Hours

    Office Hours are a less formal way to provide students and company representatives the opportunity to connect and engage. Office Hours can either be a drop-in or sign-up format. Drop-in Office Hours are held in public spaces around Darden where students can come and go over a scheduled period of time. Sign-up Office Hours are held in a reserved space and each company representative is paired with 2–4 students during each time slot. Students are pre-registered for time slots and companies are provided the registration list in advance.

    Target Audience: First Years, Second Years, Executive MBA students

    Networking receptions (previously networking nights)

    A Networking Cocktail Reception is a targeted  event for any company interested in networking with students in a more casual setting. These receptions are held in the PepsiCo Forum. Drinks and appetizers are provided. Companies are also provided high-top, cocktail roundtables with signage. 

    Target Audience: First Years, Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: $450

    Second Year Lunch & Learn

    A Second Year (SY) Lunch & Learn is an opportunity for SY or Executive MBA students to engage in a more intimate setting.  These lunches are designed to provide students and companies an opportunity to discuss full-time job opportunities, network and engage prior to the SY interview schedule in October.  Lunches are set up in Abbott Center Dining and are an hour and a half in length.  Sign ups are made available and student attendee lists are provided in advance.

    Target Audience: Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: At cost, based on number of attendees 

    Darden Career Fair (NEW!)

    The Darden Career Fair is a new three-day event this year. Companies have the option to participate in the entire Darden Career Fair, which grants them access to all events listed below for one cost of $1,500 over the three-day time period or select events a la carte (costs and events defined below). 

    The Darden Career Fair will provide opportunities for companies to brand and engage students with their job opportunities early in the recruiting process. This event will provide targeted events for companies to interact with different student populations. Each company who signs up for this event will receive logo placement on any materials that are created for the event, social media promotion, targeted messaging to students about your job opportunities and more.

    Date: 13-15 September 2018
    Target Audience: First Years, Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: $1,500

    First Year Career Fair

    The Career Fair will be open for FY students to engage and network with companies. It is a great branding opportunity for companies early in the recruiting season and allows students to get to know each organization and opportunity in more detail prior to additional recruiting events over the course of the fall. This session will be approximately three hours. Each company will be provided a six-foot table and space for  two stand-up banners. 

    Date: 14 September 2018
    Target Audience: First Years
    Cost: $500

    Second Year Career Fair

    An additional hour will be provided prior to the start of the FY Career Fair for companies to target SY and Executive MBA students only.  The first hour will be available to SY and Executive MBA students looking at full-time opportunities to engage and network prior to resume submissions and interviews in October. Each company will be provided a six-foot table and space for two stand-up banners.

    Date: 14 September 2018
    Target Audience: Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: $150

    Second Year Networking Reception

    A targeted event for any company interested in networking with students in a more casual setting. The reception will be held in the PepsiCo Forum. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Companies will be provided high-top, cocktail roundtables with signage.

    Date: 13 September 2018
    Target Audience: Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: $450

    Recruiter Luncheon

    The Recruiter Luncheon, hosted by the CDC, will be a private area for recruiters and company representatives to have lunch prior to the Career Fair. This event is an opportunity to recharge and prepare for the afternoon of networking.

    Date: 14 September 2018
    Target Audience: N/A, recruiters only
    Cost: N/A

    CDC Football Tailgate

    Come to the CDC Football Tailgate on Saturday, 15 September to hangout with students prior to the UVA football game. Signage and company recognition will be provided at the game.

    Date: 15 September
    Target Audience: First Years, Second Years, Executive MBA students
    Cost: $250

    Additional Ways to Engage

    You can also engage with students and support the Darden community in one of the following ways:
    • Sponsor one of Darden's Virginia Football Tailgates. Contact the Darden Student Association to schedule.
    • Contact Corporate & Foundation Relations for unique opportunities to connect with the Darden community.